Care homes warned over tough inspections

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Care homes in South Yorkshire are likely to fail inspections under a tougher new Government regime, a house manager has warned.

David Barrington, who has taken over the running of the Deangate Care Home in Mapplewell, Barnsley, after it was judged ‘inadequate’ by inspectors following a visit in November, said more stringent Care Quality Commission inspections are making a difference.

But he said the tougher inspections will be positive in the long-term for patients, as homes are forced to bring in higher standards of care.

Mr Barrington said previous CQC inspections used to look at some, but not all, of the standards a care home needs to adhere to, but the regulator now examines all areas a home is assessed on.

He said the changes, brought in last autumn, are making the inspection regime ‘much more robust’.

He said: “It is much more comprehensive and much more in-depth. You used to get one inspector on one day, now it is potentially two over a couple of days.

“I think you can see the inspection process is so much more robust than it was.”

Mr Barrington said a series of improvements have been introduced at Deangate following its recent inspection, included improved training for staff.

He said no residents have been moved out of the home as a result of the inspection and relatives are happy at the progress being made.

He said: “We are getting positive feedback. We have had two resident and relatives’ meetings and have more planned throughout the year.”

The home is run by Hill Care, which said after the CQC findings were made public that ensuring the dignity and safety of residents is of ‘highest importance’.