Wembley care home fined £57,000 over fatal fire.

Wembley care home fined £57,000 over fatal fire.

A resident died following a fire in his room.

London Fire Brigade said the home, which is operated by Lee Valley Care Services, had been warned about safety failings prior to the fire which led to the death of a resident.

Following a visit to Queens Court in November 2015, fire inspecting officers raised concerns around fire doors, fire safety management and a lack of a  proper fire risk assessment at the home.
An audit by fire safety officers following the fire found no evidence the home had been working on the issues raised.
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Nursing home provider fined £24,000 following resident’s death.

Nursing home provider fined £24,000 following resident’s death.

A Hartlepool nursing home provider has been fined £24,000 and costs of £14,000 following the death of an 83-year-old woman.

The Hospital of God at Greatham, which previously pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe care and treatment, was prosecuted at Tyneside Magistrates Court.

The court heard how the 83-year-old woman, who was admitted to Gretton Court November  2015, was provided with bed rails and passive infrared sensors due to her being at risk of falling from her bed.
The provider was found to have failed to ensure that staff responsible for the safe use of bed rails had received appropriate training and a relevant safety policy was not available.

Investigations by the CQC found that the bed rails were also broken during the time of the woman’s death.

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Care worker jailed for assault on patient.

Care worker jailed for assault on patient.

The 44-year-old victim, who had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, suffered bruising to his chest and torso, multiple rib fractures and a collapsed lung while being cared for at Cambian Fairview Hospital , Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Two care workers Scott Geeson, 27, and Lelish Shercan, 27, of Circus Square, Colchester, both admitted an offence of ill-treatment by a carer in June 2016.

Geeson, who admitted kicking the victim, was jailed for 21 months and Shercan was given a 16 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

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Whirlpool told to recall unsafe tumble dryers.

Whirlpool told to recall unsafe tumble dryers.


The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) welcomes news that the government has given Whirlpool notice that it intends to require the company to recall up to 500,000 of its tumble  dryers over fire safety risks.

NFCC has been calling for changes to improve product recalls and manufacturing standards, including the need for a single Government backed register for UK product recalls, for a  number of years.

The dryers affected are the vented and condensing tumble dryers branded Hotpoint, Creda, Indesit, Swan or Proline, that were made between April 2004 and October 2015. More

 

HSE’s h & s guidance for new & temporary workers…

With summer arriving and the subsequent increase in seasonal work, it’s worth noting the HSE’s health and safety guidance for new & temporary workers…

Workers are as likely to have an accident in the first six months at  a workplace as during the rest of their working life.
Visit the  HSE website for advice on protecting new workers.
And 6 steps to protect new starters. All organisations must be aware of their health and safety responsibilities for agency workers and temporary employees too.   Be ready Read

 

CQC’s response to BBC’s undercover investigation inside a hospital for vulnerable people

CQC’s response to Panorama’s undercover investigation inside a hospital for vulnerable people

A recent edition of BBC’s Panorama captured evidence of shocking abuse taking place at a service for people with a learning disability and/or autism.

In response, Dr Paul Lelliott, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals (lead for mental health), said:

“As soon as the BBC told us that they had evidence of abuse we alerted the police and they are now investigating.

“We will urgently explore ways in which we can better assess the experience of care of people who may have impaired capacity, or even be fearful to talk about how……

Read Dr. Paul Lelliot’s report