THE body which regulates the quality of health and social care settings throughout Northern Ireland has moved to cease further admissions to a local residential college for adults with intellectual, physical and sensory disabilities, pending the lifting of enforcement action which was imposed earlier this year.
A fortnight ago, the RQIA published a Notice of Proposal in respect of Parkanaur College, the terms of which require that a permanent manager, “with sufficient experience, competence to work in the home on a day to day basis” is employed.
On its website, the RQIA said the Notice of Proposal was issued following what they termed “limited progress” with two Failure to Comply Notices issued following an unannounced inspection in March of this year. Compliance with a third such notice at that time has been achieved, the RQIA states.
However, in a statement to the Herald this week, a spokesperson for the regulatory body said, “During an unannounced inspection at Parkanaur College residential care home in March, RQIA identified concerns relating to management, staffing arrangements and the health and welfare of residents at the home.
“As a result, RQIA issued three enforcement notices to the service. During a further inspection at Parkanaur College in April, RQIA was satisfied with steps taken to achieve compliance in respect of management issues. However, further work is required to address our concerns around staffing arrangements and the health and welfare of residents.
“Earlier this month, RQIA commenced the process to place conditions on the registration of this service. These include ceasing further admissions until full compliance with regulations is achieved; appointing a permanent manager at the home; and providing RQIA with regular assurances on governance oversight by the management of Parkanaur.
“The safety and wellbeing of everyone living at Parkanaur College is of paramount importance to RQIA, and we continue to monitor this home through our ongoing regulatory activities.”
A spokesperson for the Trust, meanwhile, said, “The Southern Trust has recently suspended all new admissions to Parkanaur Residential College including respite and short breaks. The Trust is working closely with RQIA on this matter.”
The Herald contacted Parkanaur College in relation to the issue, however, no response was received.