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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 4 March 2014
Date of Publication: 21 March 2014
Inspection Report published 21 March 2014 PDF | 69.49 KB

People should be cared for in safe and accessible surroundings that support their health and welfare (outcome 10)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are in safe, accessible surroundings that promote their wellbeing.

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 4 March 2014, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members, talked with staff, reviewed information given to us by the provider and reviewed information sent to us by commissioners of services. We reviewed information sent to us by other regulators or the Department of Health, reviewed information sent to us by other authorities, talked with commissioners of services and talked with other regulators or the Department of Health. We talked with other authorities.

Our judgement

People who use the service, staff and visitors were protected against the risks of unsafe or unsuitable premises.

Reasons for our judgement

We received information of concern from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) team following their visit to Cedarwood Nursing Home on 3 December 2013. We were informed of contraventions of Health and Safety legislation. The provider was required to provide a plan of action to the HSE with completion dates to become compliant with the legislation. We looked at the action plan during our inspection and found that it addressed all the issues identified by the HSE. We asked the manager to show us where the repairs and changes had been made. The manager showed us where the repairs had been made, equipment had been purchased and where regular checks had commenced to continually check the water temperatures. The provider had also taken steps to acquire regular external expertise in Health and Safety issues. This meant that the provider had taken steps to provide care in an environment that was suitably designed and adequately maintained.

We received information of concern from the Fire Protection team at Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service who visited Cedarwood on 28 January 2014. The provider was found to be deficient in eight areas of the fire safety regulations. The provider was required to provide an action plan to demonstrate how they were going to become compliant with the fire safety regulations. We saw that the provider had an action plan that covered all eight areas which included seeking external expertise in fire safety, ensuring fire safety equipment was readily available and staff were sufficiently trained. We observed that some of the actions had been completed such as updating the policies and procedures and others were underway such as providing adequate outside lighting and staff training. The Fire Protection team were due to test the fire safety compliance at the end of April 2014. This meant that the provider had taken steps to provide an environment that was suitably designed and adequately maintained to ensure compliance with fire safety regulations.