BBC Panorama Whorlton Hall

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Sad thing is, how long before we hear of the next incidents like these ?

Echoed my very thoughts , R.

Just how many don't we get to hear about ?
Good on all whistle blowers who should receive better support and needs be compensation. Paid/fines by companies who DO NOT check there staff working practices etc.

Shame on corrupt staff and management personnel higher sentencing.

Better trained CQC employees. Hold you heads in shame!!!!

I have worked in various care roles over a number of years. And have never come across such behaviours.

I have worked for companies who regularly carryout checks and staff.

I think it's the staff who needed to be sectioned and assessed not the poor client group.

I do hope that none of these inhumane individuals every get work within the care sector.

Lets hope their friends and families are well ashamed of them.
Whorlton Hall : Ten arrested over abuse allegations.


Ten workers have been arrested over the alleged abuse of patients with learning difficulties at a hospital.

Seven men and three women were arrested at addresses in Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Darlington and Stockton.

Undercover filming by BBC Panorama at Whorlton Hall in County Durham appeared to show patients being mocked, intimidated and restrained.

The site had at least 100 visits by official agencies in the year before the abuse was discovered.

Those arrested were being questioned about offences relating to abuse and neglect at the privately-run NHS-funded unit, Durham Police said.

Care minister Caroline Dinenage told the House of Commons she was "deeply sorry that this has happened".



No doubt . more news will follow ... as and when.
I think there should be some sort of public enquiry into the way the place was inspected and monitored, but most of all how complaints were dealt with.

Our LA told the LA that I was a "Serial Complainer", because they couldn't shut me up. I was complaining about a serious error a new social worker had made, wrongly writing that my son came home "every weekend" After a year of getting nowhere, I went to Winchester to show the Complaints Officer what I was talking about, various actions were agreed, that never happened. A case conference was arranged, didn't happen because no one had done the work required!!

I don't like being a complainer, but I don't like injustice either. My son can't speak up for himself, so then I speak for him. Even when he specifically asks me to say... because he's told me, not his advocate, even this is ignored. He only sees his advocate before a meeting and sadly, the advocate can't understand a lot of what M says. Too often, the advocate gets the wrong end of the stick! There is definitely a plan to squeeze me out at the moment, however when the proverbial hits the fan, when there is no care, they suddenly remember me again!!!
do you think if they paid a better hourly rate for carers of people with learning disabilities, they would get a better standard of carers.
its debatable I know, but would be interested to hear what people think.
personally my daughters carers get 4p an hour more than minimum wage, and that is with CHC funding. I think its disgusting, but no amount of me moaning about it to care provider and CCG has made any difference.
Do you think if they paid a better hourly rate for carers of people with learning disabilities, they would get a
better standard of carers. ?


Possibly ... £ 8 or £ 80 per hour ... no guarantee that said carer is immune from " Improper " behavour in certain circumstances ?

The very essence of a successful " Enterprise " is a team working together ... owners / managers / workers.

In many lower paid areas ... Worksop a prime example ... may well be the only work many can get when compared with
zero hour contract type vacancies ... the bane of Worksop to say the very least.

( Even then , factor in the transport element ... inadequate / non existence public transport ... no car. )

Job satisfaction does not come into it ... only the weekly / monthly salary matters to far too many.

When it comes to the social care sector , the workers on the ground floor are leaving in droves ... first reported back in
August last year :

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... 20shortage

And , unlike us , they are free to chose to remain in that sector or move onto a new one.
pamela_17081 wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 3:36 pm
do you think if they paid a better hourly rate for carers of people with learning disabilities, they would get a better standard of carers.
its debatable I know, but would be interested to hear what people think.
personally my daughters carers get 4p an hour more than minimum wage, and that is with CHC funding. I think its disgusting, but no amount of me moaning about it to care provider and CCG has made any difference.
Money has little to do with it. There are millions of volunteers in this country. Who provide care for free and willingly.

The individuals at Whorlton Hall were not short of pack animals. Loads of potentially dangerous sheep.
Dedicated staff are dedicated. Grumpy miserable woe is me staff will always be grumpy miserable woe is me staff. Regardless of the salary. Not that I believe they are on an adequate salary.
Cruel wicked staff will always be imho.
More checks are needed on the type of person being employed. Unfortunately I have no idea how that can be implemented. Whistle blowers don't feel safe. Disclosure and Barring certificates that are clear, are only in indication that a person is not a threat. Not absolute proof.
Scary.
If this sort of abuse is happening in a regulated situation, how much MORE abuse goes on in Supported Living on a 1:1 basis?

In the past, people working with my son in Supported Living have stolen things from his flat, and misappropriated money. £2,500 in 10 months.
What did the council do, when auditors appointed by the LA discovered this? Absolutely nothing, for months.
Then the agency started complaining that I hadn't paid them - as instructed by the LA appointed auditor.
Now there is a black mark on my file, saying that when I handled M's Direct Payments I didn't do so properly!!!
I especially resent that, because I kept his books scrupulously, correct to the penny. They never EVER knew, because they never ever inspected my records!!!

Supported Living can make people wide open to abuse. It is NOT the answer to everything.
Whorlton Hall : Former inspector says warnings were ignore.

A former inspector at the Care Quality Commission says a 2015 report into Whorlton Hall hospital which presented " Warning bells " went unpublished.


Barry Stanley-Wilkinson says he wrote the report four years before BBC Panorama revealed the alleged abuse of patients with learning disabilities and autism.

The CQC said the draft report raised no concerns about abusive practices.

The claims come after 10 workers at the specialist hospital were arrested.

Seven men and three women were arrested last week at addresses in Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Darlington and Stockton over the alleged abuse of patients.

An undercover BBC Panorama investigation into the specialist hospital in County Durham - a 17-bed unit for adults with learning difficulties and autism - appeared to show patients being mocked, intimidated and restrained.

Cygnet, the firm that runs the 17-bed hospital unit for adults with learning difficulties and autism, said it was "shocked and deeply saddened" by the allegations.

The company only took over the running of the centre at the turn of the year and said it was "co-operating fully" with the police investigation.

Poor culture

The site had at least 100 visits by official agencies in the year before the alleged abuse was discovered.

Mr Stanley-Wilkinson says he noticed a "very poor culture" was evident when he led the 2015 inspection.

He told the BBC that he had raised concerns over the "very poor culture" in a report he wrote - four years prior to the BBC investigation.

He said: "I strongly believe that anybody that can understand organisational culture reading that report would agree that there was definitely warning bells there.

"I was extremely upset. This should have been listened to back in 2015 and I said quite openly, when I left the organisation, that I felt it had neglected its promise to people with learning disabilities."

He said it was the only report he wrote in nearly a decade of working at the CQC which wasn't published.

In a statement, the CQC said the report went through a "rigorous peer review process".

It said the draft report "did not raise any concerns about abusive practice".

The CQC said a later inspection rated the hospital as "good overall".

In a statement it said: "We are in the process of commissioning a review into what we could have done differently or better in our regulation of Whorlton Hall and these allegations will be fully investigated as part of this.

"We will update on the progress and findings of this review in our Public Board meetings."