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Archived: Cherry Care Services Limited - Witney Good


Inspection carried out on 31 March 2015

During a routine inspection

We inspected Cherry Care Services on 31 March 2015. This is a family run service that works from a location in Witney and has been providing personal care and support for people with a range of needs who live in their own homes.

This inspection took place on the 31 March 2015 it was unannounced. The inspection team consisted of an inspector and an expert by experience (ExE). An ExE is a person who has personal experience of using, or caring for someone who uses this type of care service.

There was a registered manager in post at the service. 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.

People were supported by staff that understood that some people needed support to make decisions, and had raised concerns when they felt people were having decision made for them the service did not understand principles of the Mental Capacity Act (2005). The MCA provides a legal framework to assess people’s capacity to make certain decisions, at a certain time.

Staff were supported through comprehensive supervision that enabled them to reflect and improve on their practice. Staff received relevant training to carry out their role and were offered additional training when people’s support needs changed.

People felt safe and the service had sufficient numbers of staff to meet people’s needs. Risks in relations to people’s support needs were assessed with clear guidance for staff in people’s support plans on how to manage those risks.

People benefited from the support of caring staff and told us how they valued their relationships with their support staff and looked forward to them coming. People were involved in decisions regarding their care and their choices were respected.

People’s needs were assessed and regularly reviewed. Care staff understood people’s support needs and took immediate action if these needs changed with support when needed from other professionals.

People, their relatives and care staff all told us they felt the service was well led. They told us the manager was approachable and took their views on board. The service was family run and its vision was built on a personal experience of quality support and wanting to give other people the same experience. Staff were able to share this vision and people using the service consistently told us that this was also their experience.