Call for an­swers af­ter in­spec­tors slam care home

Solihull News - - NEWS - DAVID IR­WIN Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

COUN­CIL­LORS have con­demned a Soli­hull care home where a cat­a­logue of se­ri­ous fail­ings were iden­ti­fied within months of it open­ing

Chel­mund’s Court, be­low right, in Chelm­s­ley Wood, was ranked in­ad­e­quate in ev­ery area by the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion ( CQC), fol­low­ing an in­spec­tion a few months ago. Fears about stan­dards at the pur­pose- built fa­cil­ity were first raised in De­cem­ber 2017, just weeks af­ter it opened, al­though the sit­u­a­tion be­came more se­ri­ous to­wards the end of June.

The site, which is man­aged by Run­wood Homes, has around 40 res­i­dents and has come un­der fire for the man­age­ment of medicines, re­liance on agency staff and ac­ci­dent re­port­ing.

Councillor Karen Grin­sell, cabi­net mem­ber for adult so­cial care, said that while there was “no ex­cus­ing” the prob­lems iden­ti­fied, the CQC had made no crit­i­cism of Soli­hull Coun­cil for the sup­port that had been pro­vided.

Coun James Burn, leader of Soli­hull’s Green group, said he was “absolutely shocked” by the watch­dog’s orig­i­nal find­ings and said that con­cerns re­mained in a fol­low- up re­port, made pub­lic last month. He said: “How can we be at all re­as­sured that changes have been made and that our res­i­dents are safe here, let alone well cared for?”

In­spec­tors first vis­ited the home unan­nounced in June. Their visit had been brought for­ward be­cause of con­cerns that had been raised by rel­a­tives, mem­bers of staff and ex­ter­nal agen­cies. The sec­ond visit, in Au­gust, which fo­cused specif­i­cally on safety and lead­er­ship, iden­ti­fied progress in some ar­eas, but the reg­u­la­tor said there were still se­ri­ous con­cerns and the care home re­mains in spe­cial mea­sures.

A spokesman for Run­wood Homes con­firmed Chel­mund’s Court had un­der­gone “a full man­age­rial re­struc­ture”.

“We con­tinue to work in part­ner­ship with all key stake­hold­ers en­sur­ing only the high­est stan­dards of care are ev­i­denced and main­tained,” he added.

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