Staff suspended at Ilkley care home

Ilkley Gazette: The Care Quality Commission’s regional director for the North, Malcolm Bower-Brown The Care Quality Commission’s regional director for the North, Malcolm Bower-Brown

A number of staff have been suspended at an Ilkley care home while investigations take place into allegations around safeguarding issues in the home.

Independent national health and social care services regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) was called in to carry out an inspection at Troutbeck Care Home, Crossbeck Road, earlier this month, and is now working with other organisations including Bradford Council.

The home confirmed in a statement yesterday, Wednesday, is had suspended several members of staff pending investigation into allegations “of a safeguarding nature”. The home’s manager is not among those suspended, it said.

A spokesman said: “We can confirm that senior managers and staff are working closely with CQC and local authorities in line with company and local authority policy.”

The CQC says it is working with other agencies to monitor and ensure the safety and wellbeing of all residents.

Bradford Council, meanwhile, says it is working with care providers to ensure an action plan submitted to the CQC is being followed.

The home, which provides accommodation for up to 70 people, is run by Leeds-based Maria Mallaband Care Group.

It provides palliative and respite care, and day care, as well as nursing.

CQC’s regional director for the North, Malcolm Bower-Brown, said: “CQC is aware of concerns raised regarding Troutbeck Care Home in Ilkley and these issues are subject to ongoing investigations with Adult Services, who are liaising closely with the council’s Adult Protection Unit.

“We are in close liaison with all relevant agencies to continue to monitor the situation carefully to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents. We inspected the home on 7 March 2014 and will publish the report of this inspection in due course.

“Anyone with concerns about any registered service should contact us immediately.”

Bradford Council said in a statement said an action plan for the home had been sent to the CQC.

The Council said: “We are aware of the recent inspection completed by the Care Quality Commission to Troutbeck Nursing Home in Ilkley and have been liaising with the care providers to ensure the action plan submitted to CQC is being followed.

“Senior managers from the home are ensuring residents and families are aware of the current concerns and are working towards the home becoming compliant again within agreed timescales.”

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