Barking care home in special measures after critical report

Sahara Parkside care home in Longbridge Road was rated "inadequate" by the Care Quality Comission (C

Sahara Parkside care home in Longbridge Road was rated "inadequate" by the Care Quality Comission (CQC). Picture: Paul Bennett - Credit: Archant

Vulnerable residents were “deprived of their liberty” at a Barking care home slammed with a rating of “inadequate” by the health watchdog.

One person “at risk of financial abuse” had repeatedly left Sahara Parkside in Longbridge Road unsupervised, a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report found.

The resident disappeared again and “had not been found” when inspectors visited the premises, according to the findings, which were published on Tuesday.

It said safeguards allowing them regular trips out while supervised were not included on their risk assessment.

“The home did not always follow the conditions of people’s deprivation of liberty safeguards authorisations,” inspectors noted.

The care home, which looked after 14 people at the time of inspection, was rated “inadequate” in leadership, safety and efficiency – placing it in special measures.

This means the site will be kept under review and risks being stripped of its registration unless “significant improvements” are made in time for a further inspection in six months.

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A spokesman for Sahara Parkside said that “a number of changes addressing the concerns of the CQC” had been implemented since the inspection, which had been carried out in November last year, but that they “did not agree with all of the findings”.

He added: “These changes have included replacing the previous senior management team and bringing in BKR Care Consultancy to assist the service, significant investment in new training programmes and the development of the environment.

“We are working closely with the CQC and the local authority to demonstrate that the service is offering excellent care to our residents.”

A previous inspection in April uncovered three breaches of regulations relating to training, residents’ consent and good governance.

Inspectors noted the home “continued to be in breach of these three regulations”, despite the care provider submitting an action plan detailing how they would be addressed.

Two further breaches – relating to risk assessments, medicines, staffing, access to healthcare and record keeping – were found in the latest report, which was based on two inspection days in November.

No manager had been registered with the CQC, and therefore legally responsible for meeting health and safety standards, since August – three months after the previous one left.