A STEETON nursing home has been rated inadequate by inspectors and placed in special measures.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its findings after inspecting Steeton Court in October.

In addition to the overall inadequate rating, the home was also deemed inadequate on the questions is the service safe, effective, responsive and well-led?

The home was rated ‘requires improvement’ on is the service caring?

At the time of the inspection, there were 38 residents.

The team of inspectors found that accidents and incidents weren’t analysed and not enough was being done to ensure action was taken to minimise risks to people’s safety.

Medicines management was poor.

The inspection also found there were not always enough staff on duty to make sure people received the care and support they needed and training was not up to date.

Meals at the home were deemed to be good, but residents’ hydration needs were not always being met.

Advice from healthcare professionals was not always followed, which placed people at risk, said the inspectors.

It was also observed that people were not necessarily helped to look their best or treated with respect.

Care plans weren’t person-centred and didn’t meet people’s needs or preferences.

And systems that were in place to monitor, assess and improve the safety and quality of the service were ineffective.

Inspectors reported that the home was clean and odour-free, and activities and outings were taking place.

Steeton Court’s last inspection report, published in June, 2017, had rated the service as good.

The CQC says the latest visit was prompted partly by concerns raised with it about issues including safeguarding, staffing and lack of leadership.

“We found evidence during this inspection that people were at risk of harm from the concerns,” said a spokesman.

“The provider has sent us an action plan detailing how it intends to mitigate risks to people using the service.”

The CQC added that it would discuss with the provider how improvements can be made, so a rating of at least good is achieved, and would work alongside the local authority to monitor progress.

A further inspection will then take place.

Steeton Court said it acknowledged the report and was “very disappointed” with the outcome.

A spokesman added: “We are committed to working together with the management and staff within the home to ensure we take appropriate action to deliver the highest quality of care.”