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The Firs Care Home with Nursing

  • 90 Glass House Hill, Codnor, Derbyshire, DE5 9QT

Type of service
Care home with nursing, Care home without nursing

Specialisms/services
Accommodation for persons who require nursing or personal care, Dementia, Diagnostic and/or screening services, Learning disabilities, Mental health conditions, Physical disabilities, Sensory impairments, Treatment of disease, disorder or injury, Caring for adults under 65 yrs, Caring for adults over 65 yrs

Local Authority Area
Derbyshire

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People should be cared for by staff who are properly qualified and able to do their job (outcome 12)

Meeting this standard

Our latest report on this standard published on 4 March 2014

We inspected on 4 November 2013 during an inspection to make sure that the improvements required had been made

We checked that people who use this service:

  • Are safe and their health and welfare needs are met by staff who are fit, appropriately qualified and are physically and mentally able to do their job.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 4 November 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with staff. We were accompanied by a pharmacist and talked with commissioners of services.

Our judgement

People were cared for, or supported by, suitably qualified, skilled and experienced staff.

Reasons for our judgement

When we inspected in May 2013, we found that the provider was not carrying out full checks when employing staff in line with Schedule 3 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010.

We looked at four personnel files of staff that had been employed at The Firs since May 2013. This included all new members of staff since the previous inspection.

We saw that the personnel files contained identification including a recent photograph. We saw that Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks had been carried out prior to a person being appointed. A DBS check is a criminal records check. We saw that the provider had obtained references relating to previous employment. References were either written or documented in the personnel file when verbal. We also saw that personnel files contained a person's full employment history.

This shows that the provider has an effective recruitment and selection procedure in place and that they carry out relevant checks when they employ staff.

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