Care centre warned over ‘failings’

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INSPECTORS have warned a council-run care centre for people with learning disabilities it needs to make ‘urgent improvements’ to standards of care - or face further action.

The Care Quality Commission issued a formal warning to Rotherham Council, which runs Treefields Resource Centre, Wingfield, after a surprise visit to the six-bed centre.

The inspectors found the centre was failing to meet government standards about how records are kept and how people contributed to decisions about their own care.

Several of the records reviewed by inspectors were incomplete and in three files no risk assessments had been completed.

Jo Dent, CQC regional director, said: “The law says these are the standards everyone should be able to expect.

“This warning sends a clear message the council needs to address this issue or face serious consequences.”

Shona McFarlane, council health and wellbeing director, said managers had acted to rectify the commission’s concerns - but stressed no-one at the centre had been harmed or placed at risk.