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Inspection carried out on 7 September 2016

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place on 7 September 2016 and was unannounced. The service was last inspected on 26 November 2013 and at that time the service was meeting all the regulations we inspected.

Kirkwood Hospice provides treatment for people who have advanced, progressive life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, neurological diseases, advanced heart and lung disease and end stage kidney failure. They provided ‘in-patient care,’ for up to 16 people. People are admitted to the in-patient unit for symptom control and medicine reviews and to support people and their families with their illness and treatment plans. The average length of stay at the hospice was seven days. There were 11 people using the in-patient hospice beds at the time of this inspection.

The service had 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.

People we spoke with told us they felt safe at Kirkwood Hospice.

Staff had a good understanding of how to safeguard adults from abuse and who to contact if they suspected any abuse. The provider had safe recruitment and selection procedures in place.

There were enough staff to meet people’s needs in a timely manner and medicines were managed in a safe way for people.

Staff had received an induction, supervision, appraisal and specialist training to enable them to provide support to the people who used the service. An effective overview of staff training and supervision was in the process of being developed to ensure staff were up to date with their training and development needs.

Staff were supported to maintain their professional registration where appropriate, reflect on and improve practice and share learning and expertise to support with the local community.

People’s consent to care and treatment was sought in line with legislation and guidance.

Meals were planned on an individual basis and people could choose from an all-day menu. People’s dietary requirements were catered for and people told us catering staff went the extra mile to meet their individual preferences.

A multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals was available on site and effective liaison was evident between community professionals and the staff team.

The environment was clean and comfortable. It was also very well designed and maintained to accommodate people’s individual needs and promote their well-being.

People who used the service told us all the staff were excellent, showed compassion and went the extra mile to involve them in decision making and to support them with their end of life wishes.

We saw staff were caring and supported people in a way that maintained their dignity, privacy and human rights. People gave us examples of how they had been supported with compassion and sensitivity.

Staff were passionate about enabling people to experience a comfortable, dignified and pain free death. We saw the service provided holistic support, which included the persons family and support network.

People were supported to be as independent as possible and people’s cultural and religious needs were central to service provision.

People told us they were involved in their care planning and we saw they received personalised care that was regularly reviewed.

People were able to make choices about their care. Care plans detailed the care and support people required. From talking with people who used the service, their relatives and staff we were confident person-centred care was being delivered. Although some care records lacked information about personal goals a new project was being implemented to address this.

A range of activities were provided for people. Friends and family were welcomed to the service at any time.

Inspection carried out on 26 November 2013

During a routine inspection

At the time of this visit the hospices new 16 bed in-patient unit had been opened. During the inspection we reviewed how peoples' care and treatment was assessed, planned, and delivered in order to ensure their safety and welfare. We spent time talking to people who used the service.

We spoke with nine people using the services and two visiting relatives. We looked at two people's records receiving care and treatment as in-patients and two people's records receiving day care.

All of the people we spoke with told us they were, 'Involved in their care' and spoke positively about the staff and about the services they received. They also told us they “Could talk to any member of staff to discuss any concerns and felt safe both physically and with the quality of care.” Four people told us that, “They felt safer here at the hospice than at home.”

Other individual comments received from people who used the services included the following;

“The place is uplifting.” “A great place.” “I love all the staff here.” “I really look forward to coming here.” “They (the staff) are fantastic, it makes me feel human again they don’t treat me as if I’m in the way.” “I was scared before I came to Kirkwood, terrified in fact, but not now, the people here are really understanding and patient.”

Inspection carried out on 4 December 2012

During a routine inspection

Building work commenced in June 2012 to refurbish and extend the 25-year-old 16-bed inpatient unit at Kirkwood Hospice in Huddersfield. For the duration of the building project the inpatient services have transferred to a dedicated hospice ward at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Ward 11. Kirkwood’s experienced clinical teams, catering and cleaning services continue to care for patients and families on Ward 11.

The other services for patients and families, remain fully operational at the main hospice site, they include the community palliative care, day attendance, drop in days, and specialist therapy services.

We spoke to a number of people at this visit they included two people who were attending day services, one person receiving in-patient care and two visiting relatives. All of the people who we spoke with were very satisfied with the services provided and told us the staff were polite, courteous and cared for people with dignity. During our visit, we saw staff interacting with people who use the service in a polite, respectful and dignified manner.

People were involved in discussions and decisions about their care and treatment. They said staff spent time talking with them about their care and treatment. They were able to discuss any worries or concerns and were treated as individuals. Two people told us ‘Attending the hospice had made a huge difference to their lives and personal well being’.

Inspection carried out on 1 December 2011

During a routine inspection

People told us they were involved in discussions and decisions about the care and treatment options available to them. They said they were treated as individuals and all the staff respected their privacy and dignity. People told us the staff were caring, attentive, and friendly and could not do enough for them. They said staff paid attention to the small details which may seem trivial to other people but were important to their comfort and well being. People said the food was very good and staff went out of their way to find food to tempt them when they didn’t have much of an appetite.

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