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Archived: Specialist Support Services for Younger Adults with Disabilities South Good

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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 21 October 2016

This inspection took place 31 August 2016 and was announced.

It was carried out by one inspector.

The Specialist Support Services for Younger Adults with Disabilities (South) is a domiciliary care service that provides personal care for younger adults from the age of 18 to 65 years who have a physical disability and / or learning disability and live independently in Northamptonshire. Some people who use the service live in a block of flats where the office is located, others live in their own flats or houses in the surrounding area. On the day of the inspection 26 people were receiving the regulated activity.

There was a registered manger 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.

People felt safe. Staff had received training to enable them to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse and knew how to report any concerns. People had risk assessments in place to enable them to be as independent as they could be.

There were sufficient staff, with the correct skill mix, on duty to support people with their needs. Effective recruitment processes were in place and followed by the service.

Medicines were managed safely. The processes in place ensured that the administration and handling of medicines was suitable for the people who used the service. People received their medicines safely when they needed them.

Staff received a comprehensive induction process and ongoing training. They were well supported by the registered manager and had regular one to one time for supervisions. Staff had attended a variety of training to ensure they were able to provide care and support based on current practice when supporting people.

People were supported to make decisions about all aspects of their life; this was underpinned by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Staff were knowledgeable of this guidance and correct processes were in place to protect people. Staff gained consent before supporting people.

People were able to make choices about the food and drink they had, and staff gave support when required to enable people to prepare and cook their own meals. People were encouraged to eat a healthy balanced diet.

People were supported to access a variety of health professional when required, including dentist, opticians and doctors.

Staff provided care and support in a caring and meaningful way. They knew the people who used the service. People, and relatives where appropriate, were involved in the planning of their care and support.

People’s privacy and dignity was maintained at all times.

People were supported to follow their interests, join in activities of their choice and encouraged to develop relationships with people.

A complaints procedure was in place and accessible to all. People knew how to complain. Effective quality monitoring systems were in place. A variety of audits were carried out and used to drive improvement.

Inspection areas



Updated 21 October 2016

The service was safe.

Staff were knowledgeable about protecting people from harm and abuse.

There were enough trained staff to support people with their needs.

Staff had been recruited using a robust recruitment process.

Systems were in place for the safe management of medicines.



Updated 21 October 2016

The service was effective.

Staff had attended a variety of training to keep their skills up to date and had been supported with regular supervision.

People could make choices about their food and drink and were provided with support when required.

People had access to health care professionals to ensure they received effective care or treatment.



Updated 21 October 2016

The service was caring.

People were able to make decisions about their daily activities.

Staff treated people with kindness and compassion.

People were treated with dignity and respect, and had the privacy they required.



Updated 21 October 2016

The service was responsive.

Care and support plans were personalised and reflected people’s individual requirements.

People and their relatives were involved in decisions regarding their care and support needs.

There was a complaints system in place. People were aware of this.



Updated 21 October 2016

The service was well led.

People and their relatives knew the unit manager and were able to see her when required.

People and their relatives were asked for, and gave, feedback which was acted on.

Quality monitoring systems were in place and were effective.