Workers minding their own children while simultaneously caring for residents and a failure to adequately report a serious choking incident where a resident lost consciousness, were among the shortcomings identified in homes run by Camphill Communities of Ireland (CCoI) in Kilkenny.
When inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) visited three of the charitable trust’s centres earlier this year, they found:
In relation to two of the Camphill centre inspections, a warning letter was issued by Hiqa and an action plan to improve safeguarding systems was requested.
Inspectors found evidence that in one centre, local management had failed to adhere to the policy for the management of an allegation of abuse and staff misconduct. The local management team did not report the allegation to the organisation’s national team so that it could be robustly investigated. This allegation was disclosed later via an external source. Inspectors also found staff were administering emergency medication without having been trained to do so.
Responding to the criticisms, CCoI said safeguarding officers had completed HSE training and were fully conversant with all national procedures.
In relation to medication errors, it has introduced the national incident recording log which includes medication errors. This provides for ongoing monitoring and review of incidents. Staff had also received training in administering emergency medicine and in dealing with episodes of choking.
It was also stated that a childminder will be used when the house co-ordinator is on duty. Money management has been reviewed and a limit set of €200 weekly which may be withdrawn from a resident’s account.
An inspection of St John of God Community Services in Louth found improvements had been made since the last inspection in September 2015 when significant areas of non-compliance were found.
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