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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 24 April 2018

Cornfields provides accommodation and personal care to a maximum of three people who live with a learning disability, autism and/or associated health needs, who may experience behaviours that challenge staff. At the time of inspection three people were living at the home.

The service is located in a residential home that has been developed and adapted in line with values that underpin the Registering the Right Support and other best guidance. These values include choice, promotion of independence and inclusion. People with learning disabilities and autism using the service can lead as ordinary life as any citizen.

The service did not have a registered manager. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the CQC 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 and associated Regulations about how the service is run. The previous registered manager moved to another role within the care group in November 2017 and their vacancy had been filled by another manager, who was completing the process to become the registered manager.

This comprehensive inspection took place on 16 and 20 March 2018. The inspection was unannounced, which meant the staff and provider did not know we would be visiting.

At our last inspection we rated the service good. At this inspection we found the evidence continued to support the rating of good. There was no evidence or information from our inspection and on-going monitoring that demonstrated serious risks or concerns. This inspection report is written in a shorter format because our overall rating of the service has not changed since our last inspection.

People were protected from all types of bullying, harassment, avoidable harm, neglect, abuse and discrimination by staff who understood their responsibilities to safeguard people. Staff and relatives who raised concerns received sympathetic support from the manager and provider. Risks to people were assessed and plans were devised to minimise potential risks, whilst promoting people’s independence. Medicines were administered safely, as prescribed and in a manner individuals preferred. Prospective staff underwent robust pre-employment checks to ensure they were suitable to work with the people who lived with autism or a learning disability. There were always enough staff with the right experience and skills mix, to provide care and support to meet people’s needs.

Staff were enabled to develop and maintain the necessary skills to meet people’s needs. The manager and staff understood their responsibilities in relation to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Where people were subject to restrictions to reassure and keep them safe, these were minimised to promote their freedom and the least restrictive option(s) possible.

The manager had developed effective partnerships with relevant professionals and quickly referred people to external services such as GPs, neurologists, dieticians, urologists, opticians and dentists, when required to maintain their health. People supported staff to maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene in the home, which reduced the risk of infection. Staff followed required standards of food safety and hygiene, when preparing or handling food. People were supported to have a healthy balanced diet and had access to the food and drink of their choice, when they wanted it. The physical environment was personalised to meet people's individual needs.

People’s needs were assessed regularly, reviewed and updated. People had detailed care plans which were enhanced by positive behaviour and communication support plans, which promoted their independence and opportunities to maximise their potential.

People were supported by regular staff who were kind and caring. There was a warm and positive atmosphere within the service where people

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 24 April 2018

The service remains Good.

Effective

Good

Updated 24 April 2018

The service remains Good.

Caring

Good

Updated 24 April 2018

The service remains Good.

Responsive

Good

Updated 24 April 2018

The service remains Good.

Well-led

Good

Updated 24 April 2018

The service remains Good.