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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 13 March 2013
Date of Publication: 3 April 2013
Inspection Report published 3 April 2013 PDF

If anybody dies in their care the service should tell CQC how and when they died so that it can take action if needed (outcome 18)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Can be confident that deaths of people who use services are reported to the Care Quality Commission so that, where needed, action can be taken.

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 13 March 2013, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We talked with people who use the service, talked with carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

We used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a specific way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us.

Our judgement

The registered person ensured that the Commission was notified of deaths and other events.

Reasons for our judgement

Required notifications of death to the Care Quality Commission were being carried out appropriately.

We asked one of the managers about routine notifications to the Commission, as these were not evident on the Commission’s system.

We were informed that all required notifications, including deaths and serious incidents, were being completed and sent through.

The administrator showed us that all required notifications were being made using paper-based notification forms which had been sent in to the relevant CQC office. The administrator had retained copies of these, and we saw the notifications which had been made to the Commission during February 2013.

One of the managers said that there were plans in place to send the notifications electronically using the web-based forms in the near future.