Sussex Health Care’s (SHC) Rapkyns Nursing Home could lose its licence to operate after being rated Inadequate and placed in Special Measures by the CQC.
Following its latest inspection of the service, which is amongst a number of SHC homes being investigated by the police, the CQC placed the service under a six-month review meaning it could be stripped of its licence if significant improvements are not made in that period.
The CQC said: “Had the provider applied to register Rapkyns Nursing Home today, the application would be unlikely to be granted. The model of care provided is not in keeping with the cultural and professional changes to how services for people with a learning disability and/or autism should be operated to meet their needs.”
Inspectors raised a number of incidents of concern with the service, including a person with an unexplained black eye. Another person was observed by inspectors picking up a hot drink and narrowly missing scalding themselves with it.
The CQC said there was a lack of guidance on epilepsy and staff were unaware of who had the condition. Another person with a history of self-harm had only been given pain relief once in the last three months. Inspectors also discovered 16 out-of-date tablets mixed with in-date tablets.
The service has had no registered manager since August 2017 with the current manager who had been in post since September 2018 applying to register.
An SHC spokesperson said: “We are extremely disappointed to see the findings of the CQC’s latest report.
“Providing a safe, caring and supportive environment for those we look after and their families is our utmost priority and, as such, we are investing substantially to enhance our care for residents.
“We have strengthened our senior management team, bringing an increased range of expertise, which is already delivering improved CQC ratings across homes elsewhere within Sussex Health Care. Our focus now is to ensure similar improvements are being achieved at Rapkyns Nursing Home in the coming period.”