A CARE home has been placed in special measures following an inspection.

Although Oakleigh Care Home at Oakleigh Road, Clayton, was rated as “requiring improvement” overall, inspectors said the home would be placed in special measures.

Their report said: “We do this when services have been rated as ‘inadequate’ in any key question over two consecutive comprehensive inspections.”

The inspection was carried out in May, following one last November, where it was found the home was not meeting all regulations.

“During this inspection we found some of the issues had been addressed, but others had not.”

At the time of the inspection, six people were living in the home.

While inspectors said people in the home told them they felt safe and spoke highly of staff, the report raised concerns about how risk was managed, for example torn floor coverings creating a trip hazard and no bath thermometer to check water temperature and reduce the risk of scalding. It also outlined that staff need more support to put their training into practice and “...there were no measures in placed to ensure relatives who signed consent forms on people’s behalf had the legal authority to do so. This means there was a risk people’s rights were not always promoted and protected.”

However, inspectors said staff treated people with compassion and none of the people they spoke with had any complaints about the service.

But they said: “The provider had systems in place to monitor, assess and improve the quality of the services.

“However, we found these systems were not operated effectively”, adding that it was in breach of four regulations relating to person-centred care, good governance, safe care and treatment and need for consent.

Their report also detailed: “Staff knew people well, however, we observed care was not always delivered in a way that took account of these needs and preferences.”

The home will now be kept under review and will be inspected again in six months.

The care home declined to comment on the CQC’s report.