PERFORMANCE: Assessments of care homes in Leicestershire have found wide variation in the quality of services on offer.

The findings came after the quality monitoring manager for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland visited 21 out of 28 homes in the county, and one out of 17 in the Leicester City primary care trust area.

PCT cluster integrated board meeting papers showed that the QMM gave homes an average score of 84 per cent - but performance in some homes was as low as 54 per cent.

Care homes were assessed against four domains: care planning; safeguarding; clinical effectiveness; and operations. In each domain, homes varied in performance by up to 50 per cent.

Syringe driver management, male catheterisation, venepuncture, documentation in care planning and application of the Mental Capacity Act were identified as areas of concern.

Five homes have been revisited, including one unnamed home under threat of closure by the Care Quality Commission.

Monitoring visits were arranged for seven of the 17 care homes in Leicester during April and May, with the aim of completing all visits in the county by the end of June.