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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 11 June 2013
Date of Publication: 12 July 2013
Inspection Report published 12 July 2013 PDF

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 11 June 2013, 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 and reviewed information given to us by the provider.

Our judgement

People who used the service were able to give valid consent to the examination, care, treatment and support they received.

Reasons for our judgement

The provider had systems in place to gain and review consent from people who used the service, and act upon them.

We spoke with three people who used the service and two relatives. They all told us they were happy with the care and treatment they received and that they felt involved in their care. One person said “they have explained everything to me, I have signed the consent forms and I am happy with the plan for my procedure”. Another person said “it is excellent, everything is explained and it is all very personal”. One relative said “we have been consulted and involved from start to finish”.

We spoke with eight staff at the hospital. All the staff we spoke with told us they place great emphasis on consent and involvement. One nurse said “I have worked here a very long time and it is so important that we explain to patients what the procedures’ involve and we explain any risks. This lets them make informed decisions”. A healthcare assistant said “even though they have signed the consent forms and had the treatment explained to them we try to keep them updated and remind them what is happening”. A staff nurse said “I am the patients advocate. I know that consultants can sometimes appear a little scary so I see part of my role as giving advice and putting a more personal perspective on the process”.

We looked at three care plans for people using the service and saw that consent to treatment forms were signed by the person and were dated and correct. We were able to track one person whom we had spoken with to their care plan and saw they had signed their consent form. We also spoke to the nurse caring for this person who confirmed that their treatment had been explained to them and they understood the procedure and had signed the consent form.

We saw pre-admission assessments for people that demonstrated the person had been involved in the assessment which included an explanation of the planned procedure and any risks that may exist.

This showed us that people were involved in their care and treatment and that consent to care was sought and managed effectively.