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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 22 July 2014
Date of Publication: 14 August 2014
Inspection Report published 14 August 2014 PDF

Overview

Inspection carried out on 22 July 2014

During a routine inspection

During this inspection we observed care practices, looked at records and spoke with the provider and two staff. We met with all of the people who used the service.

Our inspection team was made up of one adult social care inspector and the inspection was carried out over five hours. We answered our five questions; Is the service caring? Is the service responsive? Is the service safe? Is the service effective? Is the service well led? Below is a summary of what we found. If you want to see the evidence supporting our summary please read the full report.

Is the service safe?

There were up to date policies and procedures in place for the safeguarding of vulnerable adults. Staff were aware of their safeguarding responsibilities and had received appropriate training.

There were detailed risk assessments in place for home and farm based activities which meant that people could participate in meaningful tasks in a safe and supported manner.

There were enough qualified, skilled and experienced staff to meet people�s needs. The staff we spoke with were knowledgeable about the people they supported and had previous experience in working with people who had a learning disability. The rota showed that there was always a member of staff on duty to support people if needed.

CQC monitors the operation of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards which applies to care homes. While no applications have needed to be submitted, proper policies and procedures were in place. Relevant staff understood when an application should be made, and how to submit one.

Is the service effective?

People told us that they were happy living at Tablehurst Farm Cottage. It was clear from what we saw and from speaking with staff that they understood people�s care and support needs and that they knew them well. Staff had received training to meet the needs of the people living at the home.

Is the service caring?

We observed that people appeared relaxed and happy on the farm and familiar with the staff that supported them. People were actively involved in farming tasks and treated as members of the team. We found that people were able to participate in farm tasks of their choosing and were supported to develop new skills. People expressed their views and were involved in making decisions about their care and treatment. There were regular house meetings where people were asked how they were getting on and if the had any ideas or suggestions.

Is the service responsive?

People�s needs were continually assessed. Records showed that people�s preferences, goals and diverse needs had been identified and support had been provided accordingly. Where changes in people's needs had been identified the service took action to make sure appropriate support was offered.

Is the service well-led?

There were quality assurance processes in place to maintain standards in the service. We saw that staff and people who used the service were given opportunities to express their views. The provider monitored the quality of the service and took action to make improvements where needed.