Darlington MP praises Ashleigh House care home workers following ‘Good’ CQC rating

MP pictured with staff and individuals of Ashleigh House

Peter Gibson, MP for Darlington, has praised the workers of Ashleigh House after the service provider received a positive inspection from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Ashleigh House, which predominantly provides specialist care for adults with early onset dementia, received the CQC inspection rating in May 2021.

Despite several cancellations due to COVID-19 measures, Peter Gibson was able to finally visit Ashleigh House, meeting all the staff and individuals supported at the home.


During his visit, Peter was given a tour of the service whilst acknowledging improvements that had been made to the living and working environment of the home.

Carole Smith, manager at Ashleigh House said: “We are delighted to have Peter visit Ashleigh House and acknowledge the hard work from all our staff over the past few years.

“The one thing that I hope that Peter can take away from today is that he can see the excellent relationship we have with the individuals we support, and it’s that relationship which enables us to provide extra support for them whether they’re having a good or bad day.”

Peter Gibson, MP for Darlington said: “It’s been wonderful to finally meet everyone at Ashleigh House following the home’s ‘good’ CQC rating back in 2021.

“Ashleigh House is a fantastic facility and after speaking to the individuals who live at Ashleigh House, it is evident that the workers take great pride in the care that they provide for everyone living at the home.”

John Godden MBE, CEO at Salutem said: “We have taken every measure to keep individuals in our residential homes safe during Covid.

“The 18 month wait really highlights the social impact Covid has had on the care sector, which is why it was great to welcome Peter to Ashleigh House and getting back to normal with our community visits.”

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