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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 18, 29 March and 8 December 2011
Date of Publication: 28 June 2011
Inspection Report published 28 June 2011 PDF | 214.66 KB

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People should be cared for by staff who are properly qualified and able to do their job (outcome 12)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are safe and their health and welfare needs are met by staff who are fit, appropriately qualified and are physically and mentally able to do their job.

How this check was done

We reviewed all the information we hold about this provider, carried out a visit on 18/03/2011, 29/03/2011, 08/12/2011, checked the provider's records, observed how people were being cared for, looked at records of people who use services, talked to staff and talked to people who use services.

Our judgement

The provider has now ensured staff working at the home have undergone and effective recruitment procedure to ensure staff working in the home are suitable to do so.

Overall, we found that The Firs Specialist Residential Home was meeting this essential standard.

User experience

People who use this service made no specific comments about this outcome.

Other evidence

Four recruitment files were examined and it was noted that the employment practice had been improved since the last site visit undertaken on 30 December 2010 to the home. Records confirmed that all staff now working in the home have an enhanced Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) check.

Application forms had also been completed along with a health check. A staff member who had been working without a current work permit at the previous visit was no longer working at the home.

Staff spoken with about recruitment procedures in the home confirmed that they were interviewed and had to supply two references.

Staff and records held in personnel files confirmed that new staff are required to complete an induction training programme and an induction period.

The staff training matrix examined demonstrated that staff undertake a variety of training in order to meet the needs of the people living in the home and all staff employed to provide care have completed an National Vocational Qualification in care at Level 2 or above.