Home with ‘appalling inspection record’ forced to close

The CQC has slammed the “appalling inspection record” of a Liverpool care home after it was forced to close.

The industry watchdog cancelled the registration of Speke Care Home after its owners failed to provide notification that its partnership had been dissolved.

Debbie Westhead, Deputy Chief Inspector Adult Social care, CQC, North, said: “Since its registration, Speke Care Home has been rated ‘inadequate’ on six occasions – November 2014; April 2015; June 2015; October 2015; May 2016 and August 2016.  At the last published inspection of this service it was rated as ‘requires improvement.’”

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“This service has an appalling inspection record and it appears the owners have paid scant regard to its residents, the regulatory framework and the legality of its ownership. It is because of this that they now find themselves in this current position.”

Liverpool City Council has cancelled its contract with the home following de-registration.

Dyane Aspinall, Liverpool’s Director of Adult Social Care and Health, said: “We have been working with Speke Care Home for a considerable period of time to address the issues and try and avoid its closure. Sadly that has not been possible and our staff are now working closely with residents and families to find alternative placements.

“We will continue to provide ongoing support to residents and their families after they have moved to ensure that people have settled in their new home and that their needs are being appropriately met.”

A Speke Care Home spokesperson told the Liverpool Echo: “This issue, raised by the CQC, does not relate to the standard of care provided to residents and we are pleased with the outcome of the regulator’s latest inspection which found that Speke Care Home was compliant.

“However, due to a discrepancy with the registration of the home we have been forced to close – at least on a temporary basis – to avoid further action.

“We are of course, very disappointed that we have been unable to keep the home open and to continue our focus on providing the best possible care to our residents, which is our absolute priority.

“Equally, we are disappointed that it has not been possible to resolve this sooner, when closure could have been avoided, altogether.

“We remain committed to working with the CQC to remedy this situation and hope to bring it to a conclusion as soon as possible.”

Although the home can cater for up to 49 people, there are currently only 10 residents.

The home will only close when all residents have been supported into new accommodation.

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