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Tuesday, 03 June 2014

CQC warn Chester care firm over staff vetting

Written by The Editorial Team

A care home company has been issued with a formal warning by the Government’s health watchdog for failing to adequately vet its staff.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) served an enforcement notice on Chester-based Special Needs Care Ltd after two inspections in March.

The company, which employs about 100 people and operates homes for adults with learning difficulties, was told it had until May 21 to make improvements.

The CQC said: “The recruitment procedure in operation was not effective which meant people were at risk of receiving care and support from staff who may not be suitable for their role.”

Responding to the CQC, company director Barnabas Borbely, said the company was undertaking “a full revision of our recruitment and selection policy and procedure”.

He added: “We are confident we have addressed all of its concerns. I would say with complete confidence no harm or abuse of any sort has taken place within any of our services. We will continue to work in partnership with CQC and Adult Social Care to implement best practice within the industry.

“We are happy our staff are vetted properly and thoroughly, and are among some of the highest calibre staff within the industry.”