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Richmond Psychosocial International Foundation (RPFI) prosecution

Published:
9 May 2019
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  • Media

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has informed Richmond Psychosocial International Foundation (RPFI), that it will be prosecuted over an alleged failure to provide safe care and treatment resulting in a service user being exposed to the significant risk of avoidable harm under regulations 12 and 221  of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014; and that an individual will be prosecuted in this respect pursuant to section 91 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008.2

The prosecution follows an incident in May 2016 when Sophie Bennett, 19, took her own life in Lancaster Lodge in Richmond, west London.

By law, registered providers of health and social care services must take all reasonable steps and exercise all due diligence to ensure patients receive safe care and treatment.

 

The case is listed for first hearing at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on Monday 17 June 2019.

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Last updated:
28 May 2019

Notes to editors

 

  1. On and before 2 May 2016 at Lancaster Lodge, 21 Lancaster Park, Richmond, Surrey TW106AB, Richmond Psychosocial Foundation International being a registered person within the meaning of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 (the Regulations) and whilst carrying on a regulated activity, namely the provision of accommodation for persons who require nursing or personal care, failed to discharge a duty imposed on it by Regulation 12(1) of the Regulations resulting in service users, including Sophie Bennett, being exposed to a significant risk of avoidable harm. This is an offence contrary to Regulation 22(2) of the Regulations and liable to a penalty under Regulation 23 of the Regulations.
  2. On and before 2 May 2016 at Lancaster Lodge, 21 Lancaster Park, Richmond, Surrey TW106AB, an individual committed an offence as a person purporting to act in the capacity of manager within the meaning of section 91 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and whilst carrying on a regulated activity, namely the provision of accommodation for persons who require nursing or personal care, failed to discharge a duty imposed on them by Regulation 12(1) of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 (‘the Regulations’) resulting in service users, including Sophie Bennett, being exposed to a significant risk of avoidable harm. Section 91 deals with corporate liability of registered providers.It provides that, if an offence under Part 1 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of someone who is, or purports to be, an officer of a corporate registered provider then they, as well as the regulated provider, are guilty of the offence.

 

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