Our special school and children’s home at RNIB Pears Centre are each regulated by Ofsted separately. Our nursing care is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Unfortunately, our school has been rated ‘Inadequate’ and requiring special measures. We’re deeply disappointed by this outcome and it is clear that we have not performed to the high standards that we strive to achieve. However, we’re now working to make urgent improvements.
We are pleased that the report highlighted the strong relationships between staff and students and we will continue to develop and nurture these.
Our children’s home is inspected by Ofsted every six months. It is currently graded “Requires improvement to be good”. We have implemented some immediate changes and will continue to make improvements.
Find out more about Care at RNIB Pears Centre.
Our nursing care for children and young people with high medical needs is supported by a 24-hour nursing and social care team. This service is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
From 2014 to 2017 our service sat within a subsidiary of RNIB, named RNIB Charity. RNIB is in the process of restructuring to create a leaner, more efficient governance structure to equip us to deliver excellent services for blind and partially sighted people in years to come. As part of this process we have re-registered activities which are regulated by the CQC from RNIB Charity to RNIB.
In September 2017, we re-registered with CQC. At our previous inspection in December 2016, CQC rated us as Requires Improvement. We were rated Good in the following three areas: effective, caring, responsive.
“The home had a positive culture and staff were supported in their job role to be person centred, inclusive and empowering toward children and young people who lived there.” CQC, December 2016. Read the full report on the CQC website.
We are in the process of re-registering our activities with Ofsted and the Care Inspectorate in Scotland. Once these processes are complete the legal transfer of all people, activities, assets and liabilities from RNIB Charity to RNIB will take place.
Our new profile can be found on the CQC website.
Read more about nursing care at RNIB Pears Centre.
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