Care home prosecuted over ‘string’ of fire safety issues.

Tapely care Home in Liverpool was prosecuted after it broke a series of fire safety regulations, and put its residents ‘at risk’.

Failures identified included: failing to maintain fire separation in cupboard   ceilings, corridors walls, the ground floor store room and the basement; failing to provide ‘appropriate’ fire detectors and alarms; a failure to remove combustible materials from a means of escape; failure to provide an ‘adequate’ fire door with ‘appropriate’ safety strips and seals; a failure to ensure the facility was ‘subject to a suitable system of maintenance, in efficient working order & good state of repair’.

Despite this & the home’s guilty plea, due to ‘concerns about a very large fine having a detrimental impact on service users’ the fine was set at £6,000 plus costs.
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Nottingham care home fined over resident’s fall.

Woodthorpe View Care Home in  Nottingham have been fined after a resident fell down a flight of stairs.
The resident broke a hip and died a few months later after the fall at the home in November 2016, the Nottingham Post reported. “It is clear from the evidence that elderly people were at risk. That risk was taken and there could have been a potential commercial motive for that.”
The judge imposed a £30,000 fine on the owners of the home plus £13,873 costs.

The home’s manager & owner was also ordered a pay a fine of £10,000.
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NFCC calls for sprinkler law change

AHEAD OF a debate in Parliament on fire safety and sprinklers, the National Fire Chiefs Council has said that England is lagging behind Scotland and Wales when it comes to the inclusion of sprinklers and calls for a change in legislation.

According to NFCC, England needs to come into line with Scotland and Wales, who have both introduced a reduction in height restriction for the fitting of sprinklers, and in some cases the requirement for mandatory installation in flats and specialised dwellings, such as care homes.  NFCC also want to see sprinklers fitted in schools for property protection in addition to life safety, along with being fitted in facilities providing waste management and recycling.

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Care home resident, 78, died of a massive drugs overdose

A care home resident died from a drugs overdose after an agency nurse gave her a powerful painkiller which was prescribed to a patient with the same name an inquest heard.

The resident 78, had only been at the Cedar Court Care Home in Wigston, Leicestershire, for a few hours when she was accidentally given a dose of oxycodone which was meant for another patient.

An inquest into her death heard how the dosage of the drug – a powerful painkiller similar to morphine – was the right amount for the other Resident, but was 16 times the safe amount for the resident


At the time of the residents death, the police investigated, but the case was dismissed by the Crown Prosecution Service, the inquest heard.

The inquest continues.

New Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care (ASC)

Kate Terroni is joining us in May as the new Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care. Kate takes over from Debbie Westhead who has been interim Chief Inspector since Andrea Sutcliffe’s departure in December last year.

Kate, a registered social worker, is currently Director of Social Care at Oxfordshire County Council. Kate is also co-chair of the ADASS workforce network and was previously Deputy Director of Commissioning at Oxfordshire County Council.

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Private mental health group faces multimillion fine after death of NHS-funded girl in its care

A private mental health group is facing a multi million-pound fine for breaching health and safety laws after a 14-year old with a history of suicide attempts died in its care.

The girl was treated at the Priory Group’s Ticehurst House psychiatric hospital in East Sussex and was deemed high-risk, but three months after she was admitted she died in the trust’s care, Brighton Magistrates’ Court heard.

The Priory Group is charged with failing to discharge its duty to ensure people were not exposed to risk in what is thought to be the first prosecution of its kind. Prosecutor Sarah Le Fevre proposed a £2.4m fine as the starting point for the offence, although the company could be fined an unlimited amount.



NHS Trust fined after two employees stabbed

NHS Oxleas Foundation Trust has today been fined £300,000 after two nurses suffered life-changing injuries when they were repeatedly stabbed by a service user.

The Old Bailey heard how, in July 2016 a health care assistant, was preparing toasted sandwiches for the staff and some of the patients in the kitchen on the Burgess Ward of the Bracton Centre, which is a medium secure forensic unit in Kent. He went to leave the kitchen to speak to a service user, leaving the knives on the work surface.

As the health care assistant opened the door, which had been locked from the inside, one of the service users who had been seen nearby pushed him back into the kitchen, forcing him onto the floor. The service user then grabbed a kitchen knife from the side and stabbed  multiple times in the chest and stomach. I