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Chad Ltd - Cordingley House Outstanding


Inspection carried out on 12 September 2018

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place between 12 and 19 September 2018 and was announced. We previously inspected the service in January 2016 and rated the service as good overall with an outstanding rating in the responsive key question. At this inspection we found that the service had improved further and was outstanding overall.

Chad Ltd – Cordingley House is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection. The service provides support to four adult males who have a range of health needs including an autistic spectrum disorder.

The service also provides care and support to two people living in two ‘supported living’ settings, so they can live in their own home as independently as possible. These people’s care and housing is provided under separate contractual agreements. CQC does not regulate premises used for supported living; this inspection looked at their personal care and support only.

This care service has been developed and designed in line with the values that underpin the Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These values include choice, promotion of independence and inclusion. People with learning disabilities and autism using the service can live as ordinary life as any citizen.

The established registered manager remained in post. A registered manager is a person who has registered with 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 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run. The registered manager was supported by a service manager who was in the process of applying to become a registered manager.

The senior staff including the registered manager had extensive experience of working with people who had an autistic spectrum disorder or a learning disability. The management team strived for excellence within their team and had themselves researched career progression and engaged in opportunities to develop. Cordingley House had acted as a model of best practice for a similar local service.

People benefitted from a very reliable and consistent team of dedicated staff who told us they were proud to work for the provider and loved their jobs. This made the atmosphere in the home and the supported living settings very relaxed which in turn reduced episodes of behaviour which may have challenged the staff and put people at risk.

The quality assurance framework in place across the services was robust. The service manager and registered manager conducted daily, weekly and monthly audits that were systematic and meaningful. They ensured the service continued to provide excellent quality and safe care. The records kept of these checks demonstrated that they were methodically undertaken and where issues were identified, prompt action had been taken.

Record keeping in all aspects of the service was to a high standard. We found the staff strived to ensure all records were detailed, current and legible. The provider ensured that they held a relevant and accurate record of the care and support people had received in the past and at present.

The provider offered plenty of opportunities for people, relatives and staff to talk to them about the service. Staff and ‘Resident/Relative’ meetings were held regularly and minutes were recorded. People, family members and staff were actively encouraged to contribute to decisions made about the services. The staff also gave family members regular updates about their relatives in relation to their health, progression and social activities. A recent annual satisfaction survey took place which we saw was overwhelmingly positive.

The provider had made a real effort to successfully develop and improv

Inspection carried out on 13 January 2016

During a routine inspection

Care Homes for Adults with Disabilities (CHAD) Limited – Cordingley House is a residential care home set in a large three storey terraced house in Whitley Bay town centre. The service currently provides accommodation, care and support to four adults who have an autistic spectrum disorder.

We previously inspected Cordingley House in April 2014, at which time the service was compliant with all regulatory standards. This inspection took place on the 13 and 14 January 2016 and was announced.

The service had a registered manager 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.

The registered manager and staff had put a lot of time and effort into building personalised care plans which were tailored to individual needs. People's needs were initially assessed and constantly reviewed with the involvement of the person, their relative and external professionals. Care plans painted an in-depth picture of each person including their life history, family, school life, interests and hobbies. Records included photographs and pictures along with the written information to ensure people could read and understand their own care plan.

The service encouraged and promoted activities which were meaningful to each person and included their individual hobbies and interests. The group activity programme was devised by the staff team to ensure that the people using the service were included in their local community. The individual activity plans empowered people to get involved in activities in which they displayed a keen interest. The service gave people the opportunity to pursue, education, work and a social life with family and friends. A healthcare professional told us, "Service users attend college sessions and these have been on-going for several years, reviewed and changed as new courses are available. The staff are always looking for new experiences and learning for the service users to ensure on-going progression and interest". A relative told us, "I feel that (person) has made good progress while living at CHAD not only through planned activities, but they are more settled and less prone to episodes of challenging behaviour, their individual self-help skills are improved, they are more tolerant of others and their needs".

The registered manager kept a record for complaints and explained to us how the complaints procedure was managed. There had been no complaints received since the last inspection. People and their relatives told us they had nothing to complain about but did feel confident to tell staff or a manager if something was wrong. The registered manager also kept a record of accidents and incidents, which was monitored regularly.

The people using the service told us that they felt safe living in the home with the care staff who supported them. Policies and procedures had been recently updated and were in place to protect people from harm and to ensure staff understood their role and responsibilities. A healthcare professional described the service as, "One of the best services I’ve worked in, if not the best".

Records were kept regarding incidents including those of a safeguarding nature. Incidents were investigated and reported in a timely manner and where appropriate the registered manager had informed the local authority. These were analysed by the registered manager and used to review care needs, risk assessments and develop control and preventative measures.

Risks associated with the health, safety and welfare of the people who lived in the home were being managed by the service. This included regular checks of the property and equipment in line with their landlord responsibilities. People's care needs had been individually asses

Inspection carried out on 9, 15 April 2014

During a routine inspection

We visited the home and gathered evidence to help us answer our five questions; Is the service safe? Is the service effective? Is the service caring? Is the service responsive? Is the service well led?

Below is a summary of what we found. The summary is based on our observations during the inspection, speaking with people who used the service, their relatives, staff supporting them and from looking at records.

If you want to see the evidence supporting our summary please read the full report.

Is the service safe?

We spoke with two relatives who told us they felt the home was safe and people were well cared for.

Safeguarding procedures were robust and staff had been trained on how to safeguard the people they supported.

Systems were in place to make sure that managers and staff learnt from events such as accidents and incidents, complaints, concerns, whistleblowing and investigations. This reduced the risks to people and helped the service continually improve.

There was a system in place to ensure people's money was safe and any expenditure was appropriately recorded.

The home had policies and procedures in place related to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards to help ensure people were appropriately assessed and to make sure that people were looked after in a way that did not inappropriately restrict their freedom. Relevant staff had been trained to understand when an application should be made and how to submit one. This meant that people would be safeguarded as and when required.

We saw the premises were safe, clean and suitable to meet the needs of the people who lived there.

We found staff recruitment was both thorough and safe to ensure people were cared for by appropriately experienced staff.

Is the service effective?

People's health and care needs were assessed and care plans were developed with people and their representatives. The care plans provided staff with information about how each person's care needs should be met. Guidelines were in place to inform staff of the actions to be taken to deal with challenging behaviour and these were monitored by the manager.

The staff we spoke with were able to describe the individual needs of the people they cared for and how these needs were met.

The service worked well with other agencies and prompt referrals were made to health care professionals which helped ensure people's health care needs were met.

Is the service caring?

We spoke with two relatives whose comments included, "X is very settled and content there. The staff know X well and there are loads of activities. If I won the lottery I wouldn't move X. The staff are helpful and are very nice people" and "I've been visiting for six or seven years and there has never been a problem. I have no issues, the staff are very accommodating and the manager keeps me well informed. I think it is a good place for Y to be."

We observed good relationships between the people who used the service and the staff on duty. For example, two people were being supported to participate in activities in the community and another person was helping with the garden.

Is the service responsive?

We saw evidence to show that the complaints procedure had been explained to the people who lived at the home. Relatives told us they knew how to make a complaint but had never needed to. They said they felt confident that if they did complain it would be taken seriously and fully investigated.

We spoke with two relatives who told us the staff were very accommodating and listened to their views and kept them well informed. They confirmed they were issued with a survey once a year but they had never made any negative comments.

Is the service well-led?

The service had a quality assurance system and records showed that identified shortfalls were addressed promptly. As a result the quality of the service was continuingly improving.

We saw records to show the deputy manager was responsible for monitoring care records, incidents, petty cash, risk assessments, food hygiene and diet management on a weekly basis. The manager audited these each month and carried out an audit on the medication system to ensure standards were being maintained and any improvements were implemented.

We saw the manager's development action plan. For example, recent actions included introducing colour coded cleaning equipment for infection control and that health action plans now included missed appointments.

Staff told us they were clear about their roles and responsibilities. Comments included, "The manager is always available if I have any issues and she is very approachable."

Inspection carried out on 12 August 2013

During a routine inspection

We spoke with four relatives to find out their opinions of the care and treatment at the service. One relative told, �It�s caring, professional and we trust them. Everything�s positive and good. We�re happy, he�s happy and we have peace of mind he�s well looked after.�

We were unable to speak to all of the people using the service because of the nature of their condition. We spoke to staff and observed their practices to determine how care and support was carried out.

Relationships between staff and people were clearly good. Relatives told us and we saw in practice, staff treated people with respect and helped them to remain as independent as possible. One relative told us, "They have him doing things for himself, in a positive way; but at the same time, keeping him safe."

We found people�s needs were assessed and care and treatment was planned and delivered in line with their individual care plans. Relatives we spoke with were positive about the care and support people received. One relative told us, �The care�s excellent, the staff are really helpful. I know he�s happy there and I feel comfortable he�s there and he�s treated well.�

We saw that people were provided with a choice of adequate nutrition and hydration.

We concluded that people were protected against the risk of unsafe or unsuitable premises.

We saw that people�s personal records, staff records and other records relevant to the management of the home were accurate and fit for purpose.

Inspection carried out on 2 January 2013

During a routine inspection

Four people were using this service at the time of our inspection. Owing to the nature of their disability, most people were unable to tell us their experiences of the care and support they received but one person who could said, �I have fun.� We spoke with relatives of two people and their comments included, �I have loads of confidence in the home. The care they give X is second to none� and �I just think they (staff) do a great job.�

In relation to the care and support provided, we found the provider had suitable arrangements in place to obtain, and act upon, consent from people, and those acting on their behalf. One relative said, �They take notice of my wishes.�

We observed that relationships between people and staff were good and we found that staff were knowledgeable about individual�s care needs. We viewed care records for all four people who were using the service and found they contained relevant information to enable staff to care for the person properly.

We walked around the premises and found they were of a suitable design and layout, but not always adequately maintained.

We found there were suitable numbers of skilled, qualified and experienced staff on duty.

There was a complaints policy and procedure in place. No complaints had been received in the previous 12 months but relatives told us they would feel confident approaching staff, or the manager, if any issues arose.

Inspection carried out on 22 December 2011

During a routine inspection

We spoke to two people living at the service who told us �I enjoy going to college�, �I do music and dancing and do performances.� They told us that in the home they enjoy relaxing with a film, �Narnia is my favourite� and �I enjoy chips and dips.� They told us about their Christmas plans; one person was going to their mums for Christmas.

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