EXCLUSIVE: Chesterfield businessman James Hill insists he had no involvement in the running of care home at centre of safety concerns

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Chesterfield businessman James Hill said today he had no involvement in the running of a town care home where concerns have been raised about safety.

The five disabled residents of St Joseph’s Specialist Care Home in Newbold Road were moved to alternative accommodation after an unannounced inspection by a Government watchdog last Monday.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said the check highlighted “a number of concerns”.

A CQC spokesman did not give details of its concerns but said a report would be published shortly.

St Joseph’s is privately run by Aspire Specialist Care Ltd.

Mr Hill, who appeared in BBC show The Apprentice last year, resigned as a director of Aspire Specialist Care Ltd in September 2014 to pursue other business interests.

Since his resignation, 28-year-old Mr Hill has had “no involvement in any capacity in the affairs of the company or in the conduct of its business or operations,” his solicitors said in a letter.

Mr Hill holds 60 out of a total of 105 issued Aspire Specialist Care Ltd shares. He has visited the home following last week’s events to assist with its closure.

The CQC spokesman said: “We have been closely monitoring the situation at St Joseph’s, which has included a number of unannounced inspections and the issuing of warning notices to the provider.

“On Monday, the CQC carried out an unannounced inspection at the home which highlighted a number of concerns.

“The CQC has now been made aware that those using the service have been moved to other alternative care services.”

The CQC has not closed the home but is “in the process of deciding what will happen regarding the service’s registration”, the watchdog’s spokesman said.

A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “Our staff and health colleagues have been working hard to identify suitable alternative homes for the five residents as they needed to be moved at short notice.

“We were able to move people safely and smoothly to new homes. We continue to liaise with the CQC and the best interests of the individuals are paramount.”

The website of Aspire Specialist Care Ltd states: “We cater for adults with learning difficulties who may exhibit challenging behaviour. We offer a warm, welcoming and enabling environment for our citizens.”

Nobody at Aspire Specialist Care Ltd was available for comment.

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