Castlebeck won best health employer award 2010

Anyone who watched Panorama last night should have been shocked at what they saw: systematic abuse and neglect of the vulnerable residents. There will be much commentary today across the media, but I wonder how many will pick up on the home itself? The sparse furniture, the dearth of any decoration, no evidence of any activities (a child’s paddling pool in the garden doesn’t count) or creativity. Not only was there an abuse of ‘care’, but precious little that would make it feel like a ‘home’ either. And only four arrests – surely the only person who should stay is the nurse who reported the abuse?

The Castlebeck Board will have a busy day ahead as they soul-search and commissioners review their contracts. As the winner of the best “healthcare employer” category  it really does call in to question quite whether self-reporting is worth the paper it’s written on. But then, we have CQC to prove that it isn’t.


About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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