Another layer of protection for failing care homes? What about protection for the residents living in them?
Yesterday we read that following an Appeal, the The Old Village School Nursing Home, Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire will re-open it's doors. The tribunal judge imposed a number of very strict conditions that the provider must adhere to, ones that the CQC fully support.
"A care home deemed so bad residents had to be moved in the middle of the night has been given permission to reopen." BBC News
"At an appeal hearing in December, it was accepted Mr Badiani had taken "radical action to mprove the work force" including making redundancies, and implementing disciplinary proceedings and training packages."
"He had also brought in external care consultants BKR Care Consultancy Limited to bring it up to standard."
Your Voice Matters voiced our concerns on twitter to Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care. "We will be monitoring what happens closely to make sure judge's restrictions are followed."
CQC have offered reassurances of monitoring care homes Your Voice Matters have alerted them to, continuing to raise concerns directly to them for years. 'Monitoring' has proven a false guarantee and bad practice continues.
Morleigh Group, Cornwall. This care home group have historic failings in their homes which has caused us serious concern. We have flagged up this group and others for several years, as we continue to see the relentless failed CQC Inspections, media news on suspended admissions etc, combined with information we receive from our own sources. There have been no apparent attempts made to improve standards. This is not unique to the Morleigh Group.
On 16 October 2015 we read news NHS Kernow had selected the Morleigh group as part of a pilot scheme. They brought in Quest for Care, an 'online benchmarking system' due to end March 2016.
We must also be mindful that many care homes are now deciding to sell up. It must be difficult to sell a care home with a bad reputation. Some providers may use local NHS funded schemes to improve their CQC rating in readiness to sell. A much more attractive option for prospective buyers.