Westminster Council has terminated its contracts with Sanctuary Care after an Inadequate rated care home was investigated by police.
The council confirmed it has ended its contracts with Sanctuary Care by mutual consent for its Westmead and Carlton Dene residential homes, which are both rated Good by the CQC, and transferred contracts for four other nursing homes to the Clinical Commissioning Group.
The four nursing homes include Garside nursing home (pictured) where five staff were suspended in November following abuse allegations.
Garside was rated Inadequate by the CQC following an inspection, which also took place in November.
A Westminster Council spokesperson said: “Ensuring the wellbeing of our residents, particularly the most vulnerable, is always at the heart of everything we do. Due to the concerns about care at Garside nursing home and the inadequate inspection rating from the independent regulator, the CQC, Westminster Council has mutually agreed with Sanctuary to end care contract arrangements with them at Westmead and Carlton Dene residential care homes. This has taken effect from 17th February. The care arrangements for the other four nursing homes, including Garside, will be commissioned by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) under new contracts with Sanctuary Care.
“Clinical Commissioning Groups are most appropriately placed to commission and manage contracts for NHS Continuing Healthcare provision in clinical settings such as the four nursing homes. The Local Authority remains committed to delivering our statutory responsibility for Safeguarding across the borough.”
The council said Gold Care would take over the running of Westmead and Carlton Dene in March.
Sarah Clarke-Kuehn, a group director at Sanctuary Care, said: “Significant progress has been made since the CQC inspection at Garside House and we are committed to making further improvements.
“Sanctuary Care has an excellent record of providing high standards of care in its homes and we are confident that when inspectors next visit Garside House, they will recognise the advances that have been made.”
A spokesperson for Central and West London CCGs said: “Following concerns about the standard of care provided at Garside Nursing Home, we have worked with Sanctuary Care Ltd and other partners to develop an improvement plan that has been put into operation. Progress is being made and we will continue to monitor this closely.”