Norse Care (Services) Limited fined £100,000 after failing to keep people safe.

Norse Care (Services) Limited fined £100,000 after failing to keep people safe.

A large care home provider in  Norfolk, pleaded guilty to putting
people at risk of avoidable harm due to its failure to ensure windows at one of its homes were safe.
A 70-year-old male sustained minor  injuries to his head, hands and legs after being found in the grounds of Mountfield, Norwich
having exited from a first-floor window.

It was found the restrictors, put in place to prevent windows    opening wide enough for people to climb out of or fall through, were not adequate at the home.
They could be manually overridden & did not comply with the recognised safety standards for health & social care sector .
In addition to the fine, Norse Care was ordered to pay £11,000 costs to the CQC, which brought this criminal prosecution, and a £170 victim surcharge. Read details


A care home worker took her own life after being ‘haunted’ by washing the bodies of dead residents

A care home worker took her own life after being ‘haunted’ by washing the bodies of dead residents during COVID her parents have said.

Taylor Watterson, 22, told her parents she had “lost count” of the number of bodies she had washed, the Daily Record reported.

Taylor’s mother, Lana, said: “Her job had a lot to do with her
mental health.
One day she asked if I knew how many dead bodies she’d washed. She’d lost count. I couldn’t believe it when she said it.
She was just a young girl and was having to do it regularly.
Doing that over and over again and seeing residents she was close to regularly passing away was hard for her to take.”

The 22-year-old worked at HC-One’s Fullarton care home in
 between June 2018 & July 2019 & Shalom nursing home in Dreghorn.  Taylor left her role after struggling with her mental health

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Care provider fined £450,000 for health and safety breaches

Care provider fined £450,000 for health and safety breaches, following death of a vulnerable adult.

The Richmond Fellowship Scotland, has been fined after being found guilty of health and safety breaches after a vulnerable adult with severe learning difficulties drowned in a bath.

Glasgow Sherriff’s Court heard that  at Cherry Tree Court in
Cambuslang, Glasgow, one of the residents,  a vulnerable adult with severe learning difficulties, drowned in a bath within her flat in the early hours of the morning.

The Richmond Fellowship had supplied a baby monitor to alert support workers that resident was out of bed but an HSE
investigation found that it was neither suitable nor sufficient as she was so light on her feet. Read


Care provider operating East Grinstead care home ordered to pay £1,527,170

Care provider operating East Grinstead care home ordered to pay £1,527,170 after failing to provide safe care and treatment and protect them from avoidable harm.

Care UK Community Partnerships Ltd,, was fined £1,500,000
It was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge and £27,000 costs to the CQC which brought the prosecution.

Care UK Community Partnerships Ltd operates a number of care homes in England, including Mill View, East Grinstead, a care home providing accommodation with personal and nursing care for up to 70 people.

In April 2018, an 86-year-old male resident (MC) was admitted to Mill View after being discharged from Hospital.
While at the hospital, he was referred to a speech and language therapist (SALT) who advised he was at risk of choking and needed a special diet of soft foods..
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HC-One has apologised after a resident living with dementia was left stuck in a cupboard

The incident took place at HC-One’s Tower Bridge Care Home in Southwark in March 2021.

Police were called to the home more than two hours after the resident went missing. The woman was taken to hospital where she received treatment for dehydration and bruising to her head.

HC-One apologised to the resident’s daughter following the incident and admitted she should have been informed earlier that her mother had gone missing.

Southwark Council was ordered to pay a £1,300 fine.

The care provider said it appeared that a care worker had left a store room cupboard unlocked.  Read

Man unlawfully deprived of liberty gets £355,000   payout from council who put him there.

Authority admits it “clearly didn’t get everything right” and    apologises to man, whose lawyers said he was unlawfully placed in a care home for seven years.

Lawyers for the man, who is autistic & has learning
disabilities, said Lancashire council admitted breaching his human rights and had agreed a £200,000 settlement & a      payment of £155,000 for a deputy to manage his property & affairs on his behalf. This has been approved by the High Court.
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Government confirms it won’t appeal COVID care home ruling.

Government confirms it won’t appeal COVID care home ruling.

The Government has decided not to appeal a High Court
decision which found that the policy of discharging patients from hospitals to care homes at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was unlawful.

Former health secretary Matt Hancock Public Health
England (PHE
) were taken to court by two women who argued that patients with the coronavirus were discharged from
hospitals back to care homes without testing. Read