Health and social care breaches see Essex care home placed into ‘special measures’


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has placed an Essex care home into ‘special measures’ following its recent inspection AFTER the body found the home to be ‘inadequate’.

Colchester-based Trippier care home scored the lowest rating across all five categories and was found to be in breach of the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

The CQC flagged staffing as one of the home’s primary downfalls, stating that there was not an effective system in place to ensure sufficient numbers of staff were on duty to support residents’ needs. In addition, the report added that there were not enough staff to provide adequate supervision, nutritional support, stimulation and meaningful activity.

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The report stated: “Care plans were incomplete, inconsistent and task led. They had not been updated to reflect people’s current care needs. Opportunities to participate in activities were limited and activities provided were not personalised or tailored to meet people’s level of ability, choice or preference.

“The provider had not ensured the service was being run in a manner that promoted a caring and respectful culture. Although some staff were attentive and caring in their interactions with people, they were not supporting people in a consistent and planned way. They did not always respond appropriately and in a timely manner to all of people’s needs.”

The Essex County Care Limited-run home, which can accommodate up to 36 people, was caring for 29 residents at the time of the inspection in June.

Having been rated ‘inadequate’ the home will be kept under review and inspected again in six months’ time.


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