A scandal-hit care home at the centre of a high-level probe into a deadly Covid-19 outbreak has been told to stop admitting residents amid concerns for their safety.
It comes 19 months after City View Court was assessed as being so dangerous that health bosses wanted to remove all residents, and follows the resignation of the second responsible individual at the home in less than five months.
It can also be revealed the person who is now in charge of City View Court on an interim basis was the manager at Dunmurry Manor when it repeatedly failed to meet basic safety standards in January 2017.
City View Court, formerly known as Clifton Nursing Home, was handed a ‘failure to comply’ notice on October 21 after Northern Ireland’s health watchdog raised concerns over the way the home was being managed.
The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) was subsequently informed that the manager had quit their job and carried out a further inspection on November 22.
In a notice of proposal setting out a range of conditions the home must meet, the RQIA said during the inspection last month, “further concerns were identified in regard to the overall management structure and governance oversight in the home”.
The document continued: “RQIA are concerned regarding the recent turnover of managers in the home and were not assured that the arrangements in place were proving effective in driving the required improvements. During the inspection it became apparent that the overall organisational structure and lines of reporting and accountability within Kathryn Homes was not clear.
“RQIA are concerned that the lack of a clear organisational structure and the turnover of key personnel is impacting on the capacity to drive the required improvements and places patients at risk of harm.”
Clifton Nursing Home was renamed City View Court earlier this year as part of a rebrand, which saw Runwood Homes renamed Kathryn Homes and a new board of directors put in place to turn around the fortunes of the troubled firm.
It came after a series of controversies for Runwood Homes, including a decision by the Belfast Trust in May 2020 to remove all residents from Clifton Nursing Home as it struggled with a deadly Covid-19 outbreak. An official investigation was subsequently set up.
Meanwhile, a police investigation is ongoing into Dunmurry Manor after a damning investigation by the Commissioner for Older People uncovered allegations of neglect and abuse of residents.
The probe examined the experiences of residents of Dunmurry Manor, since renamed Oak Tree Manor.
The person who is now in charge of City View Court on an interim basis was the manager at Dunmurry Manor when it repeatedly failed to meet basic safety standards in January 2017.
A Kathryn Homes spokeswoman said: “The safety and wellbeing of residents in all our homes remain our number one priority and as a trusted care provider we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. The feedback from RQIA has therefore been noted and robust actions have already been taken to ensure compliance.
“This includes the appointment of a new manager at City View Court with whom we are currently agreeing a start date.
"Until then, interim management arrangements are in place within the home. Recruitment remains challenging in the current environment for many sectors, including care, and we are actively recruiting for positions across our homes including City View Court.”