Priory Group has said it is being forced to close a Liverpool care home due to “significant staffing challenges” and a “lack of consistent leadership”.
A spokesman for Priory Adult Care said Vancouver House was being closed as it had not been able to achieve the high standards it expects.
“Recruitment of health and social care workers has been dramatically impacted nationally since the pandemic, meaning we – like many other providers – have struggled to fill roles in certain regions, particularly nursing,” the spokesman added.
“We have explored other options including reducing service user numbers to ensure safe staffing at all times. However, the national situation has led to high levels of agency use, which affected our ability to sustain the progress we made with quality improvement at this service.
“We have informed the CQC about the closure and are also working closely with others, including the local council and service users’ relatives, to ensure a smooth transition of residents to other services. We are working too with those staff affected by the decision, and helping them at this time, including to find new roles.”
A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council said: “Liverpool City Council currently commissions care for three people at Vancouver House. We are now working with the Care Quality Commission, other local authorities who have placed residents in Vancouver House and the three Liverpool residents and their family carers to find the best possible way of meeting the care needs of people affected by this closure.”