CQC successfully prosecutes unregistered provider

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A domiciliary care provider in Wiltshire has been ordered to pay more than £6,200 by Swindon Magistrates’ Court for not being registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

It is an offence under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 to carry out a regulated activity without being registered with regulator.

Heike Sampson appeared in court in February and pleaded guilty as the owner of Sampson Care. She was sentenced last week and fined £1,600 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £160 and £4,500 costs.

Sampson ran a homecare service from two different units; Hideaway Lodge and Westerham Walk, both in Calne, Wiltshire, between August 2017 and March 2018.

Joyce Frederick, CQC’s deputy chief inspector of registration said: ‘CQC carries out a vital role in registering and regulating services so that people can be protected and have good quality care.

‘The conclusion of this case demonstrates that we will hold providers to account, including prosecution when that is warranted, for providers who wish to circumvent this responsibility. I would like to thank the CQC team whose investigation and assessment led to the prosecution of Ms Sampson.’