Im­prove­ment needed at youth care home

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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’.

A spokesman

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.the­mar­tyr­so­famer­ or call 01494 7211036.

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