A POWYS care home has welcomed a positive inspection report from Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW).

The inspection report for Knighton’s Cottage View Care Home praised staff and contained no improvement notice or priority action notices.

Care Inspectorate Wales found that residents of the care home are happy with the care they receive and that staff work hard to make sure people feel at home.

Chris Creemer, the home’s registered manager, said: “I’m really pleased that Care Inspectorate Wales recognised the tremendous amount of hard work that my team puts in to providing the best possible service to our residents.

“We work hard to provide a good service to the people who choose to make Cottage View their home.”


Cottage View is the only care home managed by a health board – Powys Teaching Health Board.

The home, in the grounds of Knighton Community Hospital, was inspected in February, with the staff and manager praised.

“People are happy with the care and support they receive at Cottage View,” read a summary of the CIW report.

“Care staff are friendly, caring and kind. They work very hard to make sure people feel at home and their personal outcomes are met. There are opportunities for people to do things they enjoy and are interested in."

It added: “The management demonstrate a commitment to making sure people feel happy living in Cottage View and they have the right support to achieve their personal outcomes.”

County Times:  Chris Creemer is the manager of Cottage View. Credit Powys Teaching Health Board Chris Creemer is the manager of Cottage View. Credit Powys Teaching Health Board (Image: Powys Teaching Health Board)

There are 15 places at the home; 10 for long stay residents and five introduced temporarily in the Panpwnton Ward of the hospital in collaboration with Powys County Council to allow more people to receive care closer to home.

The care home was originally transferred to the then Powys NHS Trust in 1998, in partnership with the council when the council-run care home called ‘The Cottage’ was closed and a purpose-built 10-bed wing added to Knighton Hospital.

David Farnsworth, the health board’s interim executive director of operations, said: “This is a great testament to the work of the Cottage View team.

“Particularly given the recent expansion of the facility to provide a new reablement service and to the wider support and leadership across the health board.”

He added that work continues to maintain and expand the range of services available at Cottage View, particularly in an outpatient setting.

More information about recent and future developments is available in the latest edition of the Knighton and East Radnorshire Community Focus newsletter at https://shorturl.at/aqPW8.

The full report is available on the CIW website at https://www.careinspectorate.wales/cottage-view.