CQC prosecutes care home fined £123,000+ over falls

A care provider that failed in its duty to provide safe care and treatment has been ordered to pay £123,699.90 in fines and costs by Leeds Magistrates’ Court.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) brought the prosecution following two serious incidents at West Ridings Care Home in Wakefield. At the time of the events the home was operated by Bupa Care Homes (CFHCare) Limited.

The provider had previously pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates Court to two separate offences of failing to provide safe care and treatment resulting in avoidable harm

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NHS Trust Swindon fined £80,000 patient fall from roof

NHS trust fined £80k after mental health patient fell from roof.

An NHS trust has been fined £80,000 after one of its patients fell from the roof of a ward, despite it being warned about its potential danger in 2011.
The patient climbed on to the roof of  Applewood Ward in Swindon in 2016. He fell off and was seriously hurt, after refusing to come down for 11 hours. The patient broke his leg and fractured his skull and jaw in the fall.
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) was fined £80,000  after pleading guilty to an offence of   failing to provide safe care and treatment resulting in avoidable harm to one patient and putting others at serious risk of avoidable harm.
The trust said it had made significant changes to improve.



Sexual assault at care home -.Man charged with attempted rape and

Detectives investigating a sexual assault at a Lytham St Anne’s care home have now charged a man.

They were called at shortly before 5am on Sunday August 4th to reports that an unknown man had been found in a room of New Thursby Nursing Home on  Clifton Drive with a resident who had been subjected to a sexual assault.

Josh Haworth, 18, of St Anne’s was  arrested on suspicion of rape, sexual touching, burglary and criminal damage. Following consultation with the CPS, he was charged with attempted rape, sexual assault, trespass with intent to rape and criminal damage.
A 16-year-old boy arrested shortly after the incident on suspicion of rape and burglary was released under investigation pending further enquiries. He has now been released without charge in relation to this incident.

The victim and their family are being cared for by professionals and continue to be supported by specialist officers.
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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.

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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