Death of Oxford teenager was preventable, report finds

Katrina Percy, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive

Katrina Percy, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive

First published in News The Oxford Times: Photograph of the Author by , Council Reporter, also covering Oxford city centre. Call me on 01865 425429

THE death of an Oxford teenager at a care home was preventable, an inquiry has found.
Connor Sparrowhawk, of Wharton Road in Headington, died in July last year after being found submerged in a bath at Slade House in Horspath Driftway.
The 18-year-old, who had learning disabilities, autistic traits and epilepsy, had attended John Watson School, a special school in Wheatley.
Following his death, the owner of the facility – Southampton-based Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust – commissioned Verita to carry out an independent report.
The report found that the death was, in its words, "preventable".

It also found “two broad areas where the care and treatment of CS [Connor Sparrowhawk] had failed significantly: his epilepsy care and the overall care provided by the unit”.
Katrina Percy, the trust's chief executive, said: "I am deeply sorry that Connor died whilst in our care and that we failed to undertake the necessary action required to keep him safe."

According to the Care Quality Commission, Slade House requires improvement in a number of areas such as its standards of treating people with respect and its standards of caring for people safely.

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9:48am Tue 25 Feb 14

Lisa Melanie P says...

Where's the photo of Connor? I find the smiling photo of the CEO inappropriate here. What a tragic loss. My condolences to Connor's family. - Lisa P
Where's the photo of Connor? I find the smiling photo of the CEO inappropriate here. What a tragic loss. My condolences to Connor's family. - Lisa P Lisa Melanie P
  • Score: 19

11:18am Tue 25 Feb 14

Bart_simpsonDoh says...

.....and once again NO one is held responsible. No one disciplined or sacked. Usual rubbish on how lessons will be learned, but Katrina Percy, the trust's chief executive will still get her £100,000 a year salary for not doing her job.
.....and once again NO one is held responsible. No one disciplined or sacked. Usual rubbish on how lessons will be learned, but Katrina Percy, the trust's chief executive will still get her £100,000 a year salary for not doing her job. Bart_simpsonDoh
  • Score: 10

3:22pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Christine Hovis says...

Bart_simpsonDoh wrote:
.....and once again NO one is held responsible. No one disciplined or sacked. Usual rubbish on how lessons will be learned, but Katrina Percy, the trust's chief executive will still get her £100,000 a year salary for not doing her job.
£175k salary.

And yes, no one is responsible, despite the death being preventable and the quality of care being described as weak.

The CQC report is awful on this place, and the Trust had eight weeks to sharpen up after the death. Extraordinary.
[quote][p][bold]Bart_simpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: .....and once again NO one is held responsible. No one disciplined or sacked. Usual rubbish on how lessons will be learned, but Katrina Percy, the trust's chief executive will still get her £100,000 a year salary for not doing her job.[/p][/quote]£175k salary. And yes, no one is responsible, despite the death being preventable and the quality of care being described as weak. The CQC report is awful on this place, and the Trust had eight weeks to sharpen up after the death. Extraordinary. Christine Hovis
  • Score: 6

3:42pm Tue 25 Feb 14

BirderSue says...

I agree with Lisa. The picture of the pretty, smiling lady, is inappropriate for this sad article. A picture of the young man or no picture at all would have been appropriate.

Bad call.
I agree with Lisa. The picture of the pretty, smiling lady, is inappropriate for this sad article. A picture of the young man or no picture at all would have been appropriate. Bad call. BirderSue
  • Score: 10

1:23am Wed 26 Feb 14

Assay14 says...

I agree with the posters above. Very poor to post a photo of an apparently happy and successful CEO next to this sad story is totally inappropriate.
I agree with the posters above. Very poor to post a photo of an apparently happy and successful CEO next to this sad story is totally inappropriate. Assay14
  • Score: 3

10:09pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Dr Martin says...

Katrina, could you supply a sad face photo of yourself to appease a few columnist from Oxford
Katrina, could you supply a sad face photo of yourself to appease a few columnist from Oxford Dr Martin
  • Score: 1

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