Doncaster campaign to lead to care legacy

CareGate group outside Rose House care home. The group has successfully campaigned to keep care homes in Doncaster open. From left, Irene Roberts, Michelle Bailey and Pauline Collins celebrate
CareGate group outside Rose House care home. The group has successfully campaigned to keep care homes in Doncaster open. From left, Irene Roberts, Michelle Bailey and Pauline Collins celebrate
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Victorious campaigners who won a battle to keep a number of Doncaster care homes open, are helping launch a new scheme.

Caregate campaigners – who spent more than a year, and collected more than 27,000 signatures in their battle to reverse Doncaster Council plans to close council-run care homes – declared victory in February when it was announced private firm Runwood Homes would take them over.

Now, the campaigners are set to join forces with the council, NHS representatives and a number of private care homes owners to set up the The Care Homes Quality Partnership Group.

Through the group, it is hoped that a monitoring system will be set up that will allow people to view up-to-date information and reviews of the service provided at the borough’s care homes.

Peter Sumner, Caregate chairman, said: “We want to say thank you to all of the people who supported us in our battle to keep the care homes open.

“And as part of our legacy to Doncaster we’re working with the council, NHS and care home owners to set up a care home monitoring system.

Mr Sumner, of Cantley, said: “When your loved one needs to go into a care home, there’s often so little information out there to help you make your decision, and we want to change that.

Pat Higgs, council assistant director of adult social care, said: “This is a positive step that will allow us to use a range of opinions and expertise in shaping the future of residential and nursing care.

“The Quality Partnership Group is the steering group for this project, and group members will be involving the wider community in their work.

“The role of the group is to review current Quality Monitoring Processes, to help provide the best quality residential and nursing care.”