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Archived: Imber House Requires improvement

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Inspection carried out on 11 December 2015

During a routine inspection

Imber House is a care home providing care and support to a maximum of five people living with a learning disability. At the time of our visit there were five people using the service.

The inspection was unannounced and took place on 11 December 2015.

The service is not required to have a registered manager, as the provider is in day to day running of the service. 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 requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated regulations about the service is run.

People told us they felt safe living in the service, People's relatives and health professionals involved in their care felt the service was safe. There were clear plans in place to reduce the risks of people coming to harm. Staff and the provider understood their role in supporting people to keep safe.

People’s relatives told us, and our observations confirmed that there were enough suitably qualified, trained and supported staff to meet people’s needs. Staff told us they received the training they needed to carry out their role effectively, and that they were supported to do their job.

There was a robust recruitment procedure in place to ensure that prospective staff members had the skills, qualifications and background to support people.

Medicines were stored and administered safely. The provider was able to identify errors in medicine administration, but improvements are required to ensure that the provider is able to evidence this with records.

The service had not made the appropriate Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards referrals for people using the service following changes in legislation. However, people using the service were supported to live their lives in the way they wished and make important decisions independently.

People were supported to live full and active lives, and engage in meaningful activity within the service and out in the community.

People and their representatives were aware of the support they should receive from staff. However, improvements were required with regard to how people are involved in the planning of their support in the future, and how their views are reflected in their care records.

Improvements are required to ensure that the provider can evidence that there is a robust quality assurance system in place capable of identifying shortfalls.

There was an open culture at the service. People's representatives said they felt able to make suggestions and give feedback. However, improvements were required in order to put in place a formal system for obtaining the views of people using the service, relatives and other relevant persons such as healthcare professionals. Staff told us they felt confident in raising concerns or making suggestions to their manager.

There was a complaints procedure in place and people knew how to complain if they were unhappy.

Inspection carried out on 17 June 2013

During a routine inspection

Imber House provides care and support for people with learning difficulties. There were five people who used the service at the time of our inspection. Staff spoke with people appropriately and demonstrated that they knew the people well.

We looked at the care records of three people who used the service. They detailed the individual needs of the person and contained risk assessments to minimise any risks present during day to day activities.

We saw that staff received appropriate training some of which was specific to the needs of people using the service.

Inspection carried out on 3 July 2012

During a routine inspection

We spoke with the four people who used the service and we observed the care and support that they were provided with during our visit.

One person said that they were "Happy" and that they liked the staff who supported them. They said "Yes" when we asked if the staff listened to them and if they chose what they wanted to do each day.

Another person also said that they were "Happy". They told us about their interests and what they liked to do each day. They said that they always chose what they wanted to eat and drink.

Reports under our old system of regulation (including those from before CQC was created)