James Hill wants ‘positive outcome’ for disabled residents moved from Chesterfield care home

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Chesterfield businessman James Hill has pledged to “work tirelessly” for a “positive outcome” after five disabled residents were moved from a town care home amid concerns for their safety.

Mr Hill today again reiterated that he had no involvement in the running of St Joseph’s Specialist Care Home, which has now been closed temporarily.

The home’s residents – who have learning difficulties – had to be moved to alternative accommodation at short notice last week after an unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) highlighted “a number of concerns”.

St Joseph’s in Newbold Road 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.

The 28-year-old said that since his resignation he has had “no involvement in any capacity in the affairs of Aspire Specialist Care Ltd or in the conduct of its business, operations of the home or its residents”.

His current position is one of investor and shareholder.

Mr Hill confirmed that the home’s services were suspended last Wednesday and that he had attended the premises to assist with its temporary closure.

He said: “All residents were relocated on a temporary basis so that their immediate wellbeing, care and support can be catered for.”

He added: “I will be working tirelessly with all stakeholders and authorities to ensure that all matters are fully investigated and seek to achieve a positive outcome for the benefit of the residents and their families.”

A spokesman for the CQC 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, May 11, 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 spokesman did not give details of the CQC’s concerns but said a report would be published shortly.

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.”

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