Branded ‘Inadequate’ Bradford home no longer in special measures

A care home in Bierley Lane, Bradford, branded ‘inadequate’ by the health watchdog, is no longer in special measures following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Concerns were raised about Bierley Court regarding staffing, medicine management and leadership.

Following visits in May and June this year, the CQC said the establishment was no longer rather as ‘inadequate’ overall or in any of the key questions after improvements had been made.

Bierley Court now has a ‘requires improvement’ rating overall as well as a ‘requires improvement’ in three out of the five categories – safety, effectiveness and leadership. The home received a ‘good’ rating in how caring and how responsive the establishment is.

The CQC report said: “During this inspection we found the provider had made improvement and there were no breaches of regulations. We gave the service an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’ because there were areas which required further improvement.

In addition, the provider needed to demonstrate they could sustain the improvements over time so we could be assured people would consistently experience good care and treatment in line with the fundamental standards.”

Inspectors said improvements had been made to the way risks to safety and welfare were managed, adding that “lessons had been learned when things had gone wrong. They also said there were enough staff to meet people’s care need and they were trained and supported to work safely.

“There were systems and processes in place to monitor and assess the safety and quality of the services provided,” the report said.

A spokesperson for Handsale Limited, which runs the home, said: “Our recent CQC inspection report at Bierley Court reflects the hard work, dedication and commitment of each and every member of staff as well as the unwavering support of our residents and their loved ones.

By working openly with our residents and our partners at Bradford Council, CQC and the local District Nursing Team, we have been able to establish a culture of strong leadership and unparalleled innovation under the guidance of an outstanding management team.

The home moving out of special measures in such a short space of time is a testament to this and we now look forward to continuing to take positive steps in our drive towards providing the best possible care in the Bradford area.”

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