Care provider fined for failing to manage risk of service user.

The Action Group, who provides support to children & adults, has been fined £20,000 after HSE investigated how risks to staff were assessed, in the wake of an attack on an employee by one of its service users.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that a female employee of the Action Group was abducted, assaulted, sexually assaulted and raped in 2018 while visiting the home of a male service user to provide support and care.

The group was fined £20,000. Read More


Nottinghamshire care provider fined after woman was raped.

A care provider has been fined £363,000 after it failed to protect people it cared for from sexual assault.

The care company, which cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to failing to protect a woman who was resident at a care home it runs in Nottinghamshire from abuse & improper treatment.
This resulted in her being sexually assaulted.

It also pleaded guilty to exposing the home’s other residents to significant risk of avoidable harm by failing to safeguard them from the risk of abuse.

The company was also ordered to pay £12,441.28 costs to the CQC, which
prosecuted these criminal offences.



Care Home provider ordered to pay £33,661 after failing to provide safe care and treatment.

A care provider has been ordered to pay £33,661.60 at
Plymouth Magistrates’ Court, after it failed to protect residents from avoidable harm.

Teignbridge House Care Home Ltd which runs

Teignbridge House  Devon, was fined £21,000 in court in July
It was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge & costs of £12,491.60.
The prosecution concerns unrestricted window
 in a  first-floor bedroom at the home. The resident subsequently fell
landing on the concrete below & sustaining a number of life changing injuries.
Following this incident, the provider undertook an audit of
windows in the home. A further 17 windows were identified as lacking window restrictors, exposing other service users a number of whom suffered from dementia,
to a significant risk of avoidable harm. More here


Unregistered gas fitter fined for dangerous installation of range cooker at care home

A fitter has been fined following a gas leak from a newly fitted range installed in a North Devon residential care home.

The court heard that in December Mark Whitham undertook the installation of the new gas range cooker after damaging the existing gas cooker whilst fitting out  a new kitchen.
Over the next 24 hours staff at the care home experienced problems with the operation of the cooker & contacted their usual Gas Safe Registered engineer.
He found a substantial gas leak from the gas supply connection to the cooker.

An investigation by the HSE found that Mr Whitham was not registered with the Gas Safe Register.
He was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment for each offence, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to undertake 120 hours unpaid work  &costs of £2,000


Imposter care worker who stole £250k from 93-year-old with dementia fails to repay money.

A fraudster care worker who was previously convicted and jailed in 2017 for conning a blind 93-year-old war veteran diagnosed with dementia out of nearly £250,000, is back in jail after failing to repay the money she stole.

Last week, Veronica Robinson was sent to jail for another 426 days by Birmingham Magistrates Court for failing to comply with the order to repay £70,000 + with accrued interest.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member responsible for trading standards, said: “Veronica Robinson did the unthinkable, cheating an elderly and vulnerable resident out of his life savings and our trading standards team has been determined to see this case through and ensure she repays the money. …

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Nottinghamshire care home fined over attack on resident.

The owners of a care home have been fined £140,000 for failing to protect a resident from an attack.
Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard the victim suffered a serious head injury in 2017, at Bowbridge Court in Newark, Nottinghamshire, when attacked by another resident who had Alzheimer’s.
The CQC, prosecuting, said concerns prior to the attack had not been addressed.
Owners Ideal Care homes were fined and ordered to pay £14,361 costs.

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Covid: Carer who flouted coronavirus rules struck off.

A care worker who hugged an elderly couple at the height of the coronavirus pandemic has been struck off.
A fitness to praise hearing was told Heidi Dunt, 31, went to the home of the vulnerable adults in May last year.
However, she was not working at the time & Covid restrictions meant she should not have been at the property.
A month later, Anglesey care worker received a suspended sentence for dangerous driving & failed to tell officials about the impending case.

The Social Care Wales panel was told that Dunt had been working at Ysbyty Gwynedd, in Bangor, where there were  several Covid cases at the time of the care visit incident. Read More BBC