Provider ordered to pay over £16K for running care agency illegally


A domiciliary care agency based in Somerset has been fined £5,000 after admitting to providing care illegally.

The company was also ordered to pay £11,141 costs and a £181 victim surcharge at North Somerset Magistrates’ Court on July 8.

Pearl Leyshon, a director of the company, entered a guilty plea on behalf of the company to providing personal care in people’s own homes through Girl Friday Somerset Limited, without CQC registration, which is a criminal offence.

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CQC brought the prosecution after it received information from a former member of staff and feedback from representatives of people who had used Girl Friday Somerset Limited. Girl Friday Somerset Limited remains unregistered with the CQC.

Emma Boger, CQC’s head of registration – quality and risk assurance, said: “It is unacceptable that the director of Girl Friday Somerset Limited risked people’s safety by running a care service without the benefit of CQC registration, so I welcome the guilty plea.

“The registration process is important to appropriately assess services before they care for people. Services are then monitored and inspected to ensure that they continue to meet standards that people should be able to expect.

“Unregistered services operate without oversight, putting people at risk of harm.

“Monitoring of domiciliary care agencies is especially important, as people who receive care in their own homes can be particularly vulnerable because of their circumstances.

“When we find providers operating illegally, we do not hesitate to act to protect people.”

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Sarah Clarke

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