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GMB Raise Avery Homes With CQC

Thursday, August 13, 2015

GMB To Raise With CQC Claim By Avery Homes Of Lack Of Evidence Of Alleged Sexually Abusive Incident Against An Elderly Woman Resident In Northampton Care Home

GMB, the union for care home staff, refute the claim in the media by Avery Homes about lack of evidence about an alleged sexually abusive incident against an elderly woman resident, by a male resident, at Avery’s Lucas Court Care Home in Moulton, Northamptonshire on 16th June 2015. See notes to editors for copy of story in Northampton Chronicle dated 12 August and GMB press release dated 5th August.

GMB is seeking reinstatement of three members sacked for whistleblowing about the incident. Avery Homes run 15 care homes in Cheshire, Hampshire, Kent (2), London,  Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire (2), North Yorkshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Surrey, Wiltshire and Worcestershire (2). See list in notes to editors.

 Rachelle Wilkins, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB refute the claim by Avery Homes in a statement to media that there is a lack of evidence of an assault as reported by GMB members.

These members were interviewed by the police and have given statements on all the detail of the assault.

The Home Manager has not been accurate in her statement to the police.

GMB intent to contact CQC  again  to discuss what they are going to do about this denial of the facts about an alleged sexually abusive incident against an elderly woman resident, by a male resident, at Avery’s Lucas Court Care Home in Moulton, Northamptonshire on 16th June 2015.”

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Contact: Rachelle Wilkins, GMB Organiser on 07966 327970 or Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer on 07710 631 351 or GMB Press Office: 020 7391 6755 or 07974 251823.

Notes to editors

1 Copy of report in Northampton Chronicle dated 07:29 Wednesday 12 August 2015

Northamptonshire care home denies claims by union that staff were sacked for whistleblowing over alleged assaultee workers at Lucas Court in

By Paul Lynch

A major union has demanded three people sacked from a Northamptonshire care home are reinstated after claiming they were given the boot for blowing the whistle about an alleged attack.

GMB, the union for care workers, has labelled the dismissal of three employees of Avery Homes’ Lucas Court, in Moulton, on June 16, as a “sham.” But Avery Homes vigorously denied the allegation and said: “We strongly refute that these disciplinary actions imposed are as a result of staff whistleblowing.” It also says there is “no strong evidence to suggest an assault took place”.

Bosses of the home say the three were fired for failing to follow company policy - but GMB’s regional officer Rachelle Wilkins claims they were sacked as a result of the part they played in reporting the home to the Care Quality Commision (CQC) for “failing to safeguard a resident” who had been the victim of an alleged assault.

She said: “GMB believes that the members have been dismissed because the home managers failed to safeguard the resident in their care and because they blew the whistle.

The GMB alleges one of the sacked staff members reported an incident of alleged assault to the CQC in early June. The report triggered a visit from CQC ‘safeguarding’ to the Avery Lucas Court home on Friday, June 26.

The GMB says that it was only after the CQC visited, that action was taken by the home.

Bosses of Lucas Court, which received a glowing Care Quality Commission report in 2014, strongly deny the claims the staff were sacked for “whistleblowing”.

Director of Avery Homes, Ian Matthews, said: “The managers of Lucas Court have had to make changes to improve the quality of the service.

 “Some staff have not shared our quality vision or of the need to change the culture within the home. This has resulted in maliciousness which has sadly been supported by the GMB Union.

“It has been necessary to discipline members of staff who failed to follow regulatory and company policy and disciplinary sanctions have been imposed.”

Mr Matthews strongly refuted that these disciplinary actions imposed are as result of staff whistleblowing.

The GMB has lodged appeals against the dismissals of what it is dubbing the “Avery Three” and is seeking expert legal advice.

The union says it is also writing to the CQC to ask what action it is taking.

2 copy of GMB press release dated 5th August 2015

GMB Demands Immediate Reinstatement Of Sacked Care Home Workers For Whistle Blowing About Alleged Sexual Abuse Of A Woman Resident In Avery Care Home Lucas Court Home In Northamptonshire

These three members have been dismissed on trumped up charges because the Home Manager and Deputy Manager failed to safeguard the resident in their care claims GMB

GMB, the union for care workers, is appealing against the sacking of three care employees of Avery Homes, who blew the whistle on an alleged sexually abusive incident against an elderly woman resident, by a male resident, at Avery’s Lucas Court Care Home in Moulton, Northamptonshire on 16th June 2015.

Rachelle Wilkins, GMB Regional Officer said, “The three GMB members were sacked for a variety of different reasons by Avery Home managers but GMB believes that the various reasons are all a sham and the real reason was the whistle-blowing. GMB can and will robustly defend all three at their appeals.

One of the GMB members reported the alleged abuse to the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the body responsible for overseeing safety and quality standards in England’s care homes. The report triggered a visit from CQC ‘safeguarding’ to the Avery Lucas Court home on Friday 26th June. Only then was the male resident moved out of the unit on the 26th June and put on 1 to 1 monitoring by carers and locks fitted on a partition door.

GMB has no reason not to believe our members. GMB believes that the members have been dismissed on trumped up charges because the Home managers failed to safeguard the resident in their care and because they blew the whistle. The reasons GMB have seen for the dismissal of these staff are frankly ludicrous. Quite frankly, if anybody should be facing disciplinary charges it should be the managers for gross negligence and dereliction of their duties.

The three GMB members who have been dismissed have done nothing wrong. Their number one concern was the safety of a vulnerable resident from sexual abuse yet rather than praise them, Avery has sacked them for reporting a safeguarding issue and looking after the welfare of a resident they are paid to care for and protect.

These staff members had a legal as well as moral duty to report what happened. If not they could have been dismissed for negligence and prosecuted by the police.

GMB has lodged appeals against the dismissals of the ‘Avery Three’ and is seeking expert legal advice. GMB is writing to the CQC to ask what action it is taking following the alleged incident to ensure residents at Lucas Court and other care homes run by Avery are safe and how it proposes to ensure whistle blowers are protected.”

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Notes to Editors:

List of Avery Care Homes

Adelaide, 35 West Street, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 4BE

Amarna House, Rosetta Way, Boroughbridge Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 5RN

Birchwood Grange, 117 Preston Hill, Harrow, Greater London, HA3 9SN

Bowood Court, Hewell Road, Batchley, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 6AT

Bowood Mews, Hewell Road, Batchley, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 6AT

Clayton Manor, Rood Hill, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 1YZ

Elvy Court, 200 London Road, Northwich, Kent, ME10 1QA

Glenmoor House, 25 Rockingham Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 1AD

Lavender Lodge, Bruntile Close, Reading Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 6PR

Lucas Court, Northampton Lane North, Moulton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN3 7RQ

Merlin Court, Marlborough Court, The Common, Hyde Lane, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1JR

Oban House, 46 Bramley Hill, Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6NS

Priory Court, Priory Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2EU

Rowan Court, Silverdale Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 2TA

St Georges Park, School Street, St George's, Telford, Shropshire, TF2 9LL

 

 

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