Wiltshire mental health beds shut amid safety concerns

Two of Wiltshire’s three emergency mental health units are to shut their assessment beds for a year after inspectors raised safety concerns.

The Care Quality Commission highlighted ligature risks and delays in assessing patients at Fountain Way, Salisbury, and Sandalwood Court, Swindon.
The CQC said the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership it was not “always safe, effective, responsive or well led”.

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Local authority fined after social workers assaulted

London Borough of Brent has been fined after two of its social workers were assaulted on a home visit

Two social workers employed by London Borough of Brent visited the home  to carry out a safety plan assessment. While note-taking, both social workers were struck over the head with a metal object by the mother, resulting in one of them being knocked temporarily unconscious. While both received serious wounds to the head, the social worker knocked unconscious was later diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The investigation by the HSE found the LA failed to follow its corporate lone working policy or violence and aggression guidance. No risk assessment was completed and staff were not trained accordingly.
Fined £100,000 and costs of £10,918.88 Read…

 

Care home resident dies following road accident

Four Seasons care Home Resident dies following  road accident.

A 78-year-old resident of Four Seasons’ Annahilt Care Home in Northern Ireland died last week following a road accident.

The pensioner was struck by a car after managing to leave the home last Tuesday evening.

“Managers and the care team at the Annahilt Care home are shocked and saddened at the tragic incident which occurred last night.

It is not yet known how the resident managed to leave the home unaccompanied. The service is equipped with a key pad security system.

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NHS trust fined following falls deaths

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has  fined following a series of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigations into the deaths of five elderly patients.

The patients, aged between 72 and 92, sustained fatal injuries as result of falling while being cared for in hospitals run by the Trust. Four died as result of falling at the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford. The fifth succumbed to injuries at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. The deaths took place between June 2011 and November 2012.

The HSE investigations found that fall prevention measures, including close supervision of those in a confused mental state, were not properly applied. This was made worse by poor consideration and communication surrounding measures to protect against falls arising from each patient’s particular frailties.

The Trust fined £333,333 and ordered to repay £130,000 in costs.

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Orchard Care fined £680,000 -resident falling 30 feet from window

Orchard Care fined £680,000 by Leeds Crown Court after a resident suffered life changing injuries after falling 30 feet from a window at Lofthouse Grange and Lodge in West Yorkshire.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC described safety measures at the home as “wholly inadequate”, adding the provider had been issued with specific instructions months before the incident over inadequate window restraints.

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