This section will highlight significant information SCA believes providers should be aware of, check regularly for the latest information.
Competition and Markets Authority Launches a market study of Care Homes for Older People
Safeguarding Information from Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board
A new Serious Case Review (SCR) published by the Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board has important recommendations that Care Home managers will find helpful. These recommendations were made by the independent author of the SCR panel who reviewed all the documentation in relation to an assault by a care home resident on another resident. There are some important lessons to be learned and you can read the SCR Executive Summary at: http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/84454/160120-SCR-Mr-J-and-Mr-Y-Exec-Summary-2016.pdf
Recommendations for Care Homes:
When conducting risk assessments in residential and nursing care, staff should identify concerns about risk to others as well as risk to the person him or herself.
When a person being nursed in bed is frail and/or immobile, consideration should be given to housing them in a different part of building to ambulant and more active residents and/or to using a barrier, such as a stair gate or pressure mat to ensure that their room remains a safe space: any restrictions should be instituted on a personalised basis and, where they constitute a deprivation of liberty, authorized through formal channels.
There has been a report published by the Coroner following the death of a resident in a Care Home in Kent. There are some recommendations in the report that will help prevent future deaths by adopting good practices. The Coroner's report, including the recommendation for Care Homes, can be viewed at: https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/publications/alan-ludlow/
For more information contact the SCA Office.