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Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice Good

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 22 November 2016

Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice offers care and support to children and young people with life-shortening, life-threatening conditions. Children and their families receive support through regular care in their own homes, planned periods of respite care at the hospice, end of life care and counselling and bereavement support.

The hospice has an eight bed unit. All bedrooms are equipped with medical equipment, including hoists and piped oxygen; all have their own en-suite. Bedrooms also have a sofa bed or an extra bed can be accommodated, so parents have the option to sleep in their child’s room. Alternately family members who stay with their child at Bluebell Wood can have their own double bedroom, as well as use of a family lounge and kitchen.

Bluebell Wood covers a large geographical area, supporting children, young people and families across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and North West Lincolnshire.

Bluebell Wood support children and young people up to the age of 25 and provide a wide range of support services for all family members.

The hospice have a transitions team which work closely with all who are approaching young adulthood to ensure the right support is in place in a variety of ways.

Bluebell Wood are currently supporting around 250 families, both in their own homes and at the hospice.

Bluebell Wood has two end of life suites where children who have died can stay until their funeral. Both have family accommodation to enable families to stay if they wish.

The hospice sits in extensive grounds with a variety of garden areas with accessible playground and specialist play equipment. There is also the ‘Dragonfly Garden’ which is a reflective and memorial space for bereaved families.

Bluebell Wood has a registered manager. 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.

Day-to-day operation of the hospice is delegated by the Board of Trustees to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO discharges responsibilities through the Hospice Leadership Team.

Our last inspection at Bluebell Wood took place in August 2014. The hospice was found to be meeting the requirements of the regulations we inspected at that time.

This inspection took place on 30 August 2016 and 1 September 2016. The inspection on 30 August 2015 was unannounced. This meant staff at Bluebell Wood did not know we were coming. On 30 August 2016 five beds in the hospice were occupied and one child was being supported in day care.

We saw the children and young people we met were happy and very relaxed in the company of staff. Parents told us they were very happy that staff kept their child safe.

Staff were trained in how to protect children and young people from the risk of abuse and harm. They knew how to recognise signs of abuse and how to raise an alert if they had any concerns.

Staff were recruited safely to ensure that children and young people were cared for by suitable staff. There were enough staff on duty that had the specialist skills needed to make sure children and young people’s needs could be met safely. Staffing levels were increased to respond to children and young people’s rapidly changing needs.

The service had appropriate arrangements in place to manage medicines so children and young people were protected from the risks associated with medicines. Staff had received training and support to manage children and young people’s medicines. We identified some shortfalls in the record keeping, storage of medicines and staff training although there was no indication children or young people had been placed at risk.

Staff were well informed about the risks to children and young people and we saw staff were trained in ma

Inspection areas



Updated 22 November 2016

The service was safe.

Children and young people were protected from potential harm or abuse by staff that had been trained in recognising and reporting abuse.

There were enough suitably trained staff to support children and young people and keep them safe.

There were arrangements in place to safely manage children�s and young people�s medicines.

Systems were in place to maintain the safety of the hospice. The environment was well designed, welcoming, well maintained, clean and suited children�s and young people�s needs.


Requires improvement

Updated 22 November 2016

Some areas of the service were not always effective.

Staff said the training and support they received was good. However, records did not evidence that staff received the support and training they required to ensure they had the knowledge and skills to carry out their roles and provide high quality care to meet children�s and young people�s needs.

Young people and families told us about the high quality and choice of the food.

Staff worked within the principles of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) where appropriate.

Young people had been involved in decisions about their care and treatment by staff. Parents� decisions regarding their child�s treatment and end of life care had been incorporated into their planned care.



Updated 22 November 2016

The service was caring.

Care and support was offered and provided with dignity, respect and compassion. Young people and families spiritual needs were supported and respected.

Families� feedback about the caring approach of the service and staff was overwhelmingly positive and described it as amazing, exceptional and wonderful.

Families� feedback surrounding the end of life care and bereavement support they received was described as �Outstanding.�



Updated 22 November 2016

The service was responsive.

The care plans we looked at reflected the children�s or young person�s needs and gave information about their treatment regimes.

There were good links with regional NHS antenatal and children�s services to ensure families of had early involvement with the hospice. The hospice staff worked closely with community-based professionals to provide an integrated service.

Children and young people had access to a wide range of activities, outings and events suited to their needs and age.

There was a positive approach to receiving and managing concerns or complaints which were used to improve the quality of the service.



Updated 22 November 2016

The service was well led.

Quality assurance and clinical governance systems were in place and were used to improve the service.

There were strong links with specialist palliative care professionals and other providers to share best practice and expertise so that children and young people had high quality palliative care.

We received very positive comments regarding the overall management of Bluebell Wood Children�s Hospice from staff, other care professionals, relatives and people who used the service.