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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8 May 2014
Date of Publication: 17 June 2014
Inspection Report published 17 June 2014 PDF | 82.41 KB

Before people are given any examination, care, treatment or support, they should be asked if they agree to it (outcome 2)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Where they are able, give valid consent to the examination, care, treatment and support they receive.
  • Understand and know how to change any decisions about examination, care, treatment and support that has been previously agreed.
  • Can be confident that their human rights are respected and taken into account.

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 8 May 2014, 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 carers and / or family members, talked with staff and reviewed information sent to us by commissioners of services.

Our judgement

Where people did not have the capacity to consent, the provider acted in accordance with legal requirements.

Reasons for our judgement

Where people did not have the capacity to consent, the provider acted in accordance with legal requirements. In discussion with the registered manager he displayed an understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (DoLs). These safeguards help to protect the interests of vulnerable people. They also provide protection for people in ensuring decisions the person is unable to make are made in their best interests. Discussions held with the manager and records we viewed showed that following concerns about a person’s safety a DoLs application had been made and put in place for one person who used the service. The manager also explained that they would hold best interest meetings and liaise with other important people in the person’s life if important decisions needed to be made and were the person lacked the capacity to make that decision.

People's care plans included information about decisions which needed to be made by others on their behalf. We saw agreements were in place for people for things such as the use of bedrails and that they were appropriate and had been discussed and agreed by the persons representatives.