Council halts placements in care homes of under-fire group

Treehaven Rants on Sandy Lane in West Runton.

Treehaven Rants on Sandy Lane in West Runton. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Council bosses have stopped placing people in care homes of the group which used to run Cawston Park hospital, but are not making residents move out.

There are 61 people in homes run by Dereham-based Jeesal group, with Norfolk County Council commissioning care for 29 people.

The group's Treehaven Rants home in West Runton was this week rated inadequate, by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Treehaven Rants on Sandy Lane in West Runton.

Treehaven Rants on Sandy Lane in West Runton. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Inspectors, who visited in July, said the home for people with learning disabilities and/or autism was dirty, poorly led and not safe.

That came after a scathing report over the deaths of three patients at the Cawston Park hospital the company used to run, which has now closed.

Of the other Norfolk care homes the group runs, Ashwood House in Buxton, Casarita in Taverham, Salcasa in Coltishall and Creswick House in Fakenham have all had recent inspections concluding they required improvement.

Middleton's Lane in Hellesdon was rated good and the outcome of inspections of Lilas House, Shulas House and Vicarage Road are pending.

James Bullion, executive director of adult social services at Norfolk County Council.

James Bullion, executive director of adult social services at Norfolk County Council. - Credit: Norfolk County Council

James Bullion, director of adult social care at County Hall, recently said the council had "lost confidence" in Jeesal.


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After this week's report, he said: "The council has allocated dedicated staff to work with Jeesal to support them in improving care across their services in Norfolk.

"All of Jeesal’s care homes in Norfolk are cooperating with us to either agree necessary improvement where required, or to identify alternative placements where appropriate.

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“We are not making any new placements with Jeesal at the moment, our first priority in the case of any CQC rating of this kind is to support the provider to improve care.

"A care home is first and foremost a home, and when service users and their families wish to remain in their current home we will work to allow them to do so.

"However, where individuals request a move we will work with them to make it happen.”

Jeesal previously apologised for what happened at Cawston Park and said care was "far below the standards we would have expected".

In response to the Treehaven report, the company apologised for the "drop in performance" and said action was being taken to bring it "back up to standard".

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