CQC publishes ‘police probe’ homes findings

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The CQC has published reports on three Sussex Healthcare (SHC) services that are being investigated by the police.

Longfield Manor, Kingsmead Lodge and Beech Lodge are among nine homes undergoing safeguarding enquiries as part of a police investigation into the deaths of 12 residents at SHC homes.

Deborah Ivanova, Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care in the South, 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.”

While Longfield Manor and Kingsmead Lodge (pictured) were rated Requires Improvement, Beech Lodge was rated Good by the CQC.

The inspection of the nine homes was brought forward after the CQC was made aware of risks to people in care.

Inspectors found that the quality of safety and care had deteriorated at Kingsmead Lodge since its last inspection in January 2017, which rated the service Good.

The CQC found that some staff had not completed safeguarding training at Longfield Manor,  deployment of staff was not always effective and aspects of medicine management were not “robust”.

Beech Lodge was rated Good for all categories, excluding Well Led, which remained Requires Improvements, despite the service having demonstrated significant improvements in this domain.

In further news, Sussex police said they had released under investigation a woman arrested on suspicion of neglect and fraud as part of its probe into the 12 deaths (see Woman arrested in Sussex Health Care probe).

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