Regulator welcomes progress at Runwood Homes’ services

The care regulator in Northern Ireland has recognised improvements made at two Runwood Homes’ services which have been the subject of enforcement action.

Dunmurry Manor in Belfast and Glenabbey Manor had been subject to enforcement action over resident welfare concerns.

An RQIA spokesperson said Dunmurry Manor had been “operating well” since its enforcement action concluded in July 2017.

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Further inspections in August 2017 and January 2018 confirmed that improvements at the service had been sustained.

The spokesperson said: “This improvement has been sustained, primarily due to the appointment and retention of a permanent manager at the home.”

Admissions to Glenabbey Manor in Glengormley were closed in March over welfare concerns (see Runwood Homes closed to new admissions over welfare concerns), however, the regulator said the service had now achieved full compliance.

The spokesperson said: “On 26 March 2018, RQIA conducted a detailed inspection at Glenabbey Manor residential care home in Newtownabbey, to assess progress in addressing the concerns we identified in late February.

“RQIA was pleased to note that the management of this home had fully addressed RQIA’s concerns, achieving compliance with regulations.  As a result, RQIA also withdrew the notice of proposal to cease admissions to Glenabbey Manor.  The safety and wellbeing of everyone living at this home is of paramount importance to RQIA, and we will continue to monitor this service through our ongoing regulatory activities.”

The announcement follows news that Runwood Homes had dropped its appeal against the closure of Ashbrooke Care Home in Enniskillen (see Runwood Homes fails in bid to halt home closure).

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