‘Raise morale to raise carer standards’

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Raising carers’ morale could be a way of increasing standards in the profession according to county councillors following events at Orchid View Care Home.

Last year the West Sussex coroner said there had been ‘institutional abuse’ at the home in Copthorne where 19 residents died. It was ruled five of those deaths could be attributed to neglect.

Leader of West Sussex County Council Cllr Louise Goldsmith said: “I’m very conscious we have these amazing carers that go in - day in day out - and look after our very weak and vulnerable people and I’m equally aware that everybody says, ‘I’m only a carer’.”

She added: “Let’s raise the standards by raising the morale in the people who look after the most vulnerable and weak.”

The After Orchid View event was held recently and attended by relatives and healthcare professionals. Its aim was to hear what progress had been made since a Serious Case Review was published in June.

James Walsh, leader of WSCC’s Lib Dem group, said it should be ensured carers were professionally qualified and adequately rewarded for the ‘demanding role they play’.