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Bristol care home investigated for abuse is to close

The Rose Villa care home in Bristol, which was being investigated over allegations of abuse, is set to close for "operational reasons".

In July the BBC learned four members of staff had been suspended at the nine-bed rehabilitation centre.

A spokesman for the owners, Castlebeck, said: "The decision is purely voluntary and not at the instigation of Care Quality Commission (CQC)."

Five residents will be moved to new homes.

Rose Villa is run by Castlebeck, the company which also ran Winterbourne View where alleged abuse against vulnerable adults was exposed by BBC Panorama.

But the CQC said problems found at the site, which included training quality and levels of staff experience, were not on the scale of those that led to the closure of Winterbourne View.

Castlebeck said residents would be moved with the "least disruption as possible" to new homes in co-operation with the service users, their families and care managers.

The 30 staff who worked at the home will be given the opportunity to be redeployed to other parts of the company.

Chief executive Lee Reed said: "The service is being closed purely for operational reasons.

'Essential standards'

"Whilst we recognise the concerns raised in the recent CQC inspection report, our decision has resulted from the fact that in reviewing operational practicalities, Rose Villa would be left on its own in the South West - some distance from the support that could be provided by our services in the West Midlands."

In July the CQC said there were "serious concerns" about care at four Castlebeck-run services for people with learning difficulties, including Rose Villa, Bristol.

The other three were Croxton Lodge, Leicestershire; Arden Vale, West Midlands and Cedar Vale, Nottingham.

In a statement, CQC said its most recent report on Rose Villa found it was "not meeting some essential standards of quality and safety.

"We expect to receive a formal application from Castlebeck to close the home in due course."