Manchester care home facing closure after council cancels contract

A care home in Manchester is now facing closure following the cancellation of its local authority contract.

Viewpark care home, Moston, Manchester, received an ‘Inadequate’ and placed into special measures by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following an inspection in May 2018.

The council has previously suspended admissions to the home, which provides elderly care for up to 27 people.

The latest inspection found improvements had been made regarding employment of fit and proper individuals, safeguarding, need for consent and the duty of candour. The CQC found ongoing breaches of regulations, including in relation to staff training, person-centred care, good governance and multiple breaches in relation to safe care and treatment.

Councillor Bev Craig, Manchester Council’s executive member for adults, health and wellbeing, told the Manchester Evening News: “Good quality, safe and effective services are something that every Manchester person deserves so we took the decision to suspend the home from new admissions in September 2017 due to concerns over the quality of the service.

Our staff have worked in partnership with the care home and the CQC to establish a safe and effective service for residents and ensure long term sustainable improvement, however, due to ongoing concerns, commissioners decided to terminate the contract with the home in July.”

The council has now placed its own care staff in the home to ensure there is sufficient support for the 12 remaining residents and is working to find them new accommodation.

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