A CARE home run by Bradford Council has been told it needs to improve following an inspection.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited Beckfield, Bolton Lane, in November last year, giving it the overall rating of ‘requires improvement’.

Beckfield is registered to provide accommodation and personal care to a maximum of 35 older people. People living there also have access to a day centre, which is attached to the home.

While the health watchdog said Beckfield was good in markers relating to how caring and effective it is, it was told to improve in areas relating to safety, responsiveness and leadership.

A report from inspectors said: “At our last inspection in September 2016, we rated the service as ‘requires improvement’ and identified breaches of regulation related to safe care and treatment, need to consent and care planning documentation.

“Following the last inspection, we found the provider had made some improvement. However more improvements are required to ensure the service is fully safe and responsive.”

While inspectors said systems were in place to employ suitable staff and keep people safe – including safeguarding them from abuse – they said staff did not always respond to people’s need for medicines in a “timely manner”.

The inspection report also outlines that some information was missing from people’s care plans and it was not clearly recorded who was involved in the care reviews.

“The manager needs to ensure staff members remind people to take their medication when they are away from the home so that people are getting their medication when required,” the report says.

“The manager also needs to maintain up-to-date records that accurately reflect the care given to people.”

However, inspectors pointed out that people in the home felt safe, the home was clean and residents’ health needs were supported with access to a range of professionals.

They said: “People were treated with kindness and compassion. There was a clear emphasis in people’s individuality, dignity and dependence.

“There was a lively and homely atmosphere and we saw people and staff knew each other well.

“People’s cultural and communication needs were met well.”

The report says the service has a “clear vision”, adding: “People, their relatives and staff were consulted on the running and operation of the home.”

A spokesperson for Bradford Council’s Health and Wellbeing department said: “We are aware of the issues raised by the Care Quality Commission at Beckfield Residential Home and we are working closely with the home to ensure those areas requiring improvement are worked on. The home has already implemented changes that have improved the way it operates and is monitoring its performance and allows us to maintain a good standard for service users of the home.”