CQC publishes findings on homes under police probe

Deborah Ivanova, the CQC’s deputy chief inspector of Adult Social Care

The CQC has published its findings on three Sussex Healthcare (SHC) care services currently part of a police investigation.

Two of the three services, Woodhurst Lodge and Rapkyns Nursing Home, were rated Requires Improvement, while the Rapkyns Care Centre was rated Good.

Deborah Ivanova, Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care in the South, (pictured) said: “It is clearly the responsibility of the provider SHC Clemsfold Group Limited to ensure that all of their services provide consistent high quality care.

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“For a service to be well led, the management of the service must have high quality support and robust, regular oversight from the registered provider. This is to monitor the quality of care delivered and ensure good practice and learning is shared over all of the services.

“However, there is evidence that Sussex Health Care does not do this consistently and effectively enough. We will be returning to all of the homes again in due course and will expect to see improvements made.”

The CQC said it was taking further taking action to protect the safety and welfare of all the people living at the homes.

The regulator has brought forward the inspection of nine SHC care homes after being made aware of risks to people’s care.

SHC is under investigation over the care of 43 people, including 12 of whom had since died (see Probe widened into Sussex Health Care deaths).

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