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We are carrying out checks at Personal Care Specialists using our new way of inspecting services. We will publish a report when our check is complete.


Inspection carried out on 22 September 2015

During a routine inspection

Personal Care Specialists Ltd provides home care service in the Leeds area from premises in Oakwood North Yorkshire. At the time of the inspection the service was providing care and support to 9 people and employed ten members of staff.

We inspected the office premises on 22 September 2015. The provider was given 48 hours’ notice because the location provides a domiciliary care service. Our last inspection of the service took place on the 15 August 2013 and at that time we found the agency was meeting the regulations we looked at.

There was a registered manager in post. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

We found the organisation’s staff recruitment and selection procedures were robust which helped to ensure people were supported by staff suitable to work in the caring profession. We also saw all staff had received mandatory training and that one to one supervision meetings took place which helped staff to carry out their roles effectively. We found the staff disciplinary procedures designed to protect people who used the service from poor work practices were being followed.

The support plans we looked at were person centred and were reviewed on a regular basis to make sure they provided accurate and up to date information and were fit for purpose.

The staff we spoke with were able to describe how people preferred their care and support to be delivered and the importance of treating people with respect in their own homes. People who used the service and their relatives told us staff were very caring and always provided care and support in line with their agreed support plan.

The registered manager told us they were looking at the feasibility of introducing a call monitoring system which would identify if staff had been held up and were running late.

The provider had policies and procedures relating to the safe administration of medication in people's own homes which gave guidance to staff on their roles and responsibilities.

There was a complaints procedure available which enabled people to raise concerns or complaints about the care or treatment they received. The people we spoke with told us they were aware of the complaints procedure and would have no hesitation in making a formal complaint if they had any concerns about the standard of care provided.

We saw the management of the service had a robust quality assurance monitoring system that continually monitored and identified shortfalls in service provision.