Care Home Placed in Special Measures for Second Time in 18 Months

A care home has been placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission for the second time in just 18 months, as news emerged that it has appointed six managers in just one year.

Fresh Fields Nursing Home in Wythenshawe, Manchester has been rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission following an unannounced inspection in April.

And members of staff working in the home have indicated that they are disgusted at the way that the facility is being run.

Jessica Taylor, a former manager of the Institution, told the local Manchester press that standards at the hme were so bad that she informed families that they should move loved ones out of the facility.

The latest care report indicated that the 41-bed home is inadequate in three of the five key categories that the Care Quality Commission assesses.

Effectiveness, responsiveness, and the leadership of the organisation where all criticised by the commission.

It scored “requires improvement” for the other two categories, which are caring and safety.

Overall, it is clear that the Wythenshawe Care home requires a significant amount of improvement if it is to reach the requisite standard.

With the home having been placed in special measures for the second time, there is a distinct possibility that the facility could be closed down permanently.

Inspectors sent in by the health watchdog in April confirmed Jessica’s claims that there had been issues with staffing, and that some had been working excessive hours “to ensure people were safe”.

Clearly staff morale at the institution is also extremely low.

Evidence has indicated that the Care Quality Commission has regularly found problems with care homes all over the United Kingdom.

Only a handful of organisations have been described as ‘outstanding’ by the commission, underlining the funding and logistical problems faced by the primary care system in Britain.

Fresh Fields Nursing Home declined to comment in the immediate aftermath of the report, indicating that the care home is still coming to terms with the level of sub-standard performance indicated by the Care Quality Commission.

A spokesman for Manchester council responded to the latest revelations about the nursing home, indicating that the authorities will collaborate with the Wythenshawe institution without the aim of improving care.

“We are continuing to work with the provider of Fresh Fields Nursing Home to make the necessary improvements required to ensure the safety and appropriate care to residents.”


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