PERFORMANCE: St Martin’s Care Ltd has been fined after the Care Quality Commission found concerns at Willow Green Residential Care Home, Darlington, County Durham, had not been addressed.

A CQC statement said it had “issued the fixed penalty notice to St Martin’s Care Ltd after inspectors found that concerns which had been identified on inspection at Willow Green Residential Care Home, Darlington, County Durham had not been addressed properly for three months”.

It said: “Willow Green is registered as a nursing home with accommodation for up to 63 people. The registered provider, St Martin’s Care Ltd, had been formally that it was facing legal action after two unannounced inspections in February 2012. At the time, Inspectors found that the nursing home was failing to ensure that people were protected against the risks associated with the unsafe use and management of medicines. The provider was told that it must make urgent improvements.

“When inspectors returned unannounced in May, they found that people were still at risk. While the home had made some improvements, the provider still did not have appropriate arrangements in place to manage medicines.

“Subsequently CQC issued a fixed penalty notice, which the provider has accepted and paid. Following CQC’s intervention, St Martin’s Care Ltd has now taken action to achieve compliance.”