Darwin Place

Many months ago, local residents in Southfield Road encountered disturbance from residents of the neighbouring Darwin Place. Darwin Place is a small residential home for adults with learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorders. Following a couple of meetings I had with local residents and the management from Swanton Care, which manages this facility, actions were taken which appeared to address the concerns adequately.

Now, apparently, all is not well. In a Care Quality Commission inspection in August, key aspects of the management of this residential home were found wanting and it has been deemed to be “inadequate”. In terms of safety, responsiveness and leadership it was found inadequate. And in terms of effectiveness and care it was only described as “requires improvement”. So there is a real challenge for the management at a senior level in the organisation. Not least because there has been a series of local managers in post over the past two years.

In September 2016 a CQC inspection described all aspects of the home as “good”. Clearly, standards have slipped comprehensively in the past twelve months and I hope that the Swanton management can quickly address all of the shortcomings. This is not only for the benefit of the home’s residents but also so that neighbours will feel comfortable in having this facility close by.