England’s ‘worst’ care homes revealed

Northgate House

England’s 14 worst care homes have been revealed by a solicitors following analysis of CQC data.

The services, which have been rated Inadequate in all five categories, are among more than 250 care homes given the lowest CQC rating, according to Hudgell Solicitors.

Solicitor Sarah Scully said: “Some of the failings highlighted by CQC inspectors at these care and residential homes are appalling. They paint a frightening picture of what happens in poorly managed and run care facilities.”

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The analysis documents incidents of missed medication, untrained staff, poor nutrition and residents being left for up to seven weeks without a bath or shower.

The findings also revealed instances of rapid weight loss in some homes, residents left exposed to the risk of injury through abuse, falls and choking due to a lack of supervision and assistance at meals.

Ziggy Ruhomutally is operations manager of Northgate House, one of the 14 homes with five Inadequate ratings.

Speaking to the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press Mr Ruhomutally admitted things had gone wrong at the home but steps had been taken to improve.

He said: “I have to put my hands up as operations manager […] but we’ve hand-picked our new team, we’ve got a third party coming in and we’re getting people to come and work with us.

“I care for my residents, they are my family. I’m taking the right actions and making sure my staff are the right staff, we’re working with the CQC – we get updates every month, if they were not happy with us they would come in and close us.”

The 14 homes are:

Lyme Green Hall,  Macclesfield

Woolton Manor, Liverpool

Northgate House, Norwich

Meadow View, Jaywick, Essex

Hemsworth Park, Wakefield

Holly Tree Lodge, Barnsley

Highcroft Manor,  Towcester

Riverside Court, Knottingley, West Yorks

The Oaks, Grt Bentley, Essex

Clover House, Halifax

Northcott House, Gosport, Hants

Abbotsford Nursing Home, Whalley Range, Manchester

Laverstock Care Centre, Salisbury, Wilts

Madeley Manor, Madeley, Staffs




  1. Peter said:

    It would be interesting to know how many of these homes are still being used as placements for social services and if indeed they are full !!!!!!
    I suspect they are in which case SS are advocating poor quality solely due to cost. How are good operators expected to react ?

    • Rashidat Ajagbe said:

      usually there are embagos placed on inadequate homes.They are not allowed to admit and families are free to transfer their loved ones during the period of restructuring.The CQC and not social services assess quality of care

  2. jenny jones said:

    Owners were told about issues in Barnsley one by member of own staff but ignored it cos was making a good profit.. Staff member got sacked!


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