Care Quality Commission Denounces Standards at Lindum Court

The Care Quality Commission has concluded that a care home in Lincolnshire has failed to come up to the requisite standard.

After recently inspecting Lindum Court in Scunthorpe, the Care Quality Commission concluded that the care home needs to make significant improvements immediately.

Lindum Court currently provides residential care for 19 people, along with respite care for two others.

Although many elements of the care home could be considered up to standard, inspectors nonetheless found that the service required improvements related to safety, efficiency and leadership of the institution.

Numerous problems were found at the care home, and these included the following oversights.

Firstly, at some key areas of the care home doors were left unlocked when they should have been secured. This was considered a major security risk by the commission.

The care home has failed to carry out staff appraisals on an annual basis, and audits were found to be insufficiently robust.

Nonetheless, the Care Quality Commission acknowledged that systems had been put in place in order to improve the situation in the foreseeable future.

And the commission also acknowledged that staff at Lindum Court were knowledgeable, kind and caring, understood the principles of safeguarding and people felt safe.

Staff numbers were also satisfactory and they had been recruited in a safe way. They received supervision and were well supported, indicating that employees at the institution were largely up to speed.

However, under the terms of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Care Quality Commission insisted upon significant overall improvements being made to the practice of the care home over the next 12 months.

Responding to the verdict of the watchdog, a spokeswoman for Lindum Court suggested that the institution was proud of the care that it gave, but acknowledged that the Care Quality Commission had made valid points.

She went on to reiterate the fact that Lindum Court had made improvements before the publication of the Care Quality Commission report, and are already confident that they will be fully compliant with the requisite standards of care by the time of the next inspection.

Lindum Court comes under the umbrella of the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.


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