Care home proposals published

The Government has announced proposals to stop abuse like that uncovered at Winterbourne View care home. Six of 11 care staff who admitted charges of abuse or neglected were jailed in October.

Key Government recommendations on care homes

The Government has published its final report on the Winterbourne View Hospital, the main findings include:

  • by Spring 2013 the department will set out proposals to strengthen accountability of boards of directors and senior managers
  • by June 2013 all current placements will be reviewed, everyone in hospital inappropriately moved to community-based support as quickly as possible, and no later than June 2014
  • by April 2014 each area will have a joint plan to ensure high quality care and support services for all people with learning disabilities or autism and mental health conditions or behaviour described as challenging
  • the CQC will strengthen inspections and regulation of hospitals and care homes, including unannounced inspections involving people who use services and their families
  • a new NHS and local government-led joint improvement team will be created to lead and support this transformation

Read the report in full on the Department of Health website.

Care home proposals are a 'watershed moment'

by - Former Social Affairs Editor

Government proposals have been announced to stop abuse like that uncovered at Winterbourne View ever happening again.

Charity Mencap has welcomed this as a moment of real potential change.

Care minister Norman Lamb says he will look at changing the law so that corporate boards will bear some responsibility in future.

Mr Lamb said he hopes this is a watershed moment for people with learning disabilities in England post Winterbourne View.

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Report into Winterbourne View scandal due

The BBC's Panorama exposed the scandal in June last year when it broadcast undercover journalist Joseph Casey's secret footage, recorded when he was employed at Winterbourne View as a care worker.

Support workers Wayne Rogers, Alison Dove, Graham Doyle, Gardiner, Michael Ezenagu, Danny Brake, Charlotte Cotterell, Holly Draper and Neil Ferguson were caught out in the sting.

Nurses Sookalingum Appoo and Kelvin Fore were filmed condoning the abuse by failing to stop it.

Winterbourne View private hospital in Bristol. Credit: PA Wire

The journalist Mr Casey had got a job at Winterbourne View after whistleblower Terry Bryan, a former nurse at the home, went to the BBC after his complaints to care home owners Castlebeck and care watchdogs were ignored.

His shocking footage showed residents being slapped, soaked in water, trapped under chairs, taunted, sworn at and having their hair pulled, eyes poked and being illegally restrained.

Care home report to be published

A report into the Winterbourne View scandal will be published by the Department of Health (DH), just over a month after the Government promised to "deliver real change" in the provision of care for disabled people.

In October six members of staff - four support workers and two nurses - were jailed for between six months and two years for their roles in the abuse at the private hospital in Hambrook, South Gloucestershire.

Five others were given suspended prison sentences by a judge at Bristol Crown Court, who condemned the "culture of ill-treatment" and said it had "corrupted and debased".

Today, Norman Lamb, minister of state for care services, publishes his department's review of the scandal.