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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating

Requires improvement

Updated 10 October 2020

About the service

Leighswood is a residential care home providing personal care and accommodation to people aged 65 and over who may also be living with dementia. The care home is registered to provide support to 23 people in one adapted building, at the time of inspection 14 people lived at the home.

People’s experience of using this service and what we found

Enough improvements had been made to the home to meet the previous breaches of regulations. The environment had been redecorated in several areas and new bathrooms and toilets had been fitted. We found the environment to be safe for people to use. The garden had been cleared and was now accessible for people to enjoy. Further improvements were planned to make the environment more dementia friendly.

People told us they felt safe, and relatives had no concerns about their loved one’s safety. Staff had received refresher training about how to escalate concerns and were aware of potential risks when providing support. People received their medicines when they needed them. Staff were following current guidance and wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment.

Improvements were ongoing to ensure care records reflected people’s needs and preferences, and to provide meaningful activities that met individual needs. Systems were in place for people and relatives to raise any concerns.

People and relatives thought the management team were approachable and positive comments were received. People and relatives confirmed they had been consulted about the running of the home and the improvement’s that had been made. Audits were in place and these were used to check the standards in the home, to monitor the ongoing improvements, and to ensure people received safe care.

Rating at last inspection (and update) The last rating for this service was Inadequate (published 26 February 2020) and there were multiple breaches of regulation. The provider completed an action plan after the last inspection to show what they would do and by when to improve the breaches in relation to good governance, premises and equipment and person-centred care.

This service has been in Special Measures since February 2020. During this inspection the provider demonstrated that improvements have been made. The service is no longer rated as inadequate overall or in any of the key questions. Therefore, this service is no longer in Special Measures.

Why we inspected

We undertook this focused inspection to check they had followed their action plan and to confirm they now met legal requirements. This report only covers our findings in relation to the Key Questions Safe, Responsive and Well-led which contain those requirements.

The ratings from the previous comprehensive inspection for those key questions not looked at on this occasion were used in calculating the overall rating at this inspection. The overall rating for the service has changed from Inadequate to Requires Improvement. This is based on the findings at this inspection.

We looked at infection prevention and control measures under the Safe key question. We look at this in all care home inspections even if no concerns or risks have been identified. This is to provide assurance that the service can respond to coronavirus and other infection outbreaks effectively.

Follow up

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service until we return to visit as per our re-inspection programme. If we receive any concerning information we may inspect sooner.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at

Inspection areas


Requires improvement

Updated 10 October 2020

The service was not always safe.

Details are in our safe findings below.


Requires improvement

Updated 10 October 2020


Requires improvement

Updated 10 October 2020


Requires improvement

Updated 10 October 2020

The service was not always responsive.

Details are in our responsive findings below.


Requires improvement

Updated 10 October 2020

The service was not always well-led.

Details are in our well-Led findings below.