Improvement needed at youth care home
A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report states that Greene House, run by the National Society for Epilepsy, falls down in three key areas.
It says the care home was not always safe, effective or caring during a review which took place over three days in January this year.
Greene House provides care for up to 18 young adults with epilepsy, with carers helping them to live with this and learning and physical disabilities.
According to the report, ‘people were put at potential risk as risks to people were not always identified and managed’ and added people receiving medicine ‘would benefit from improvements some
to aspects of administration’.
It found the level of induction and training provided varied and did not provide all staff with the required skills and knowledge to do their job.
And that despite systems in place to promote good communication within the team it was ‘not always effective in ensuring key information on people was handed over from shift to shift’.
The CQC also found the service was not always caring, that some staff did not promote people’s dignity and people were not provided with aids and prompts to promote their involvement in making choices and decisions.
But the report did find however that the care home was responsive and well-led.
People had care plans in place which provided clear guidance on how they liked to be supported, had access to activities, staffing levels which enabled them
medicine PEOPLE are being invited along to a massive community theatre event which tells the story of one of the darkest periods in Amersham’s history.
A cast of more than 100 men, women and children have been cast in a retelling of the tale of the Amersham Martyrs, a group who lived in the town in the early 16th century.
Six men and women, known as Lollards, wanted to read the Bible and listen to the Sunday service in English rather than Latin, which few at the time understood.
Because of this protest, they were eventually burnt at the stake in to provide more person centred and community based activities and were provided with opportunities and the information to enable them to raise concerns about their care.
It found the management team ‘approachable and accessible,’ that ‘effective audits were in place’ to identify and make improvements to the service and that ‘records were generally well maintained’.
from fields above Amersham, and the story is set to be retold featuring people living in the town today.
Rehearsals have been taking place since October, and one of the show’s co-directors, Stan Pretty, says: “It is a real piece of community theatre. There are so many people who have got involved with the event, and are helping out, either through acting or helping to prepare the church for the occasion.
“It’s something that people have really embraced and wanted to get involved with.”
St Mary’s Church, where the show will take place, is being transformed into a 16th century market place for Greene House said: “We take feedback from the CQC extremely seriously. Residents and relatives told the CQC the home was well managed and they felt safe and happy with the care provided.
“Following the inspection in January we put in place an immediate action plan to address the areas identified as requiring improvement.”
The spokesman said they looked forward to showing improvements at the home when it is next inspected. the event, with members of the cast dotted around the church talking to each other about their lives and experiences, to give audiences a feel for what life was like in Amersham at the time.
Mr Pretty says: “Our cast has all done their own research, so they will be talking to each other about life at the time, and the audience will be able to overhear their conversations.”
Shows will take place on March 10, 11, 12 17, 18 and 19 at 8pm, with doors opening at 7.45pm.
Tickets are £14. Book online at www.themartyrsofamersham.co.uk or call 01494 7211036.