Court upholds CQC decision to close Enfield care home


A court tribunal has backed the CQC’s move to close an Enfield care home after the decision was challenged by its operator.

The Royal Court of Justice, First Tier Tribunal upheld the CQC’s decision to close Lime Trees Residential Care Home Limited.

Alison Murray, CQC’s Head of Adult Social Care Inspection in London, said: “People in residential care homes have a right to expect a good quality of care. Sadly, this was not the case at Lime Trees Residential Care Home.

“CQC inspectors observed poor standards of care and eventually we were obliged to cancel the provider’s registration. The provider appealed, but now the courts have ruled in CQC’s favour, ensuring there can be no more sub-standard care at Lime Trees.”

First-tier Tribunal Judge, Graham Sinclair, ruled earlier this month that the appeal be dismissed and the CQC’s decision to cancel the appellant’s registration as a care provider dated 9 July 2018 be confirmed.

The court heard a catalogue of poor care provided by the home evidenced from previous CQC inspections, including residents being left in their rooms with soiled incontinence pads, urine soaked mattresses and a fresh pillow case being put on a still wet pillow.

A strong urine smell and faeces stains were also found in the home.

The CQC inspections also highlighted a failure to prevent the spread of infection through keeping the home clean and the failure to prevent abusive and degrading treatment.

A walk-in shower left naked occupants exposed to other residents and the home was found to have failed to keep adequate staff recruitment and training records.

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