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The Oakleaf Care Group (Hartwell) Limited

Overall: Outstanding read more about inspection ratings

Hilltop House, Ashton Road, Hartwell, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN7 2EY (01604) 864466

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Oakleaf Care (Hartwell) Limited

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Background to this inspection

Updated 30 June 2018

We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection was planned to check whether the provider is meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Health and Social Care Act 2008, to look at the overall quality of the service, and to provide a rating for the service under the Care Act 2014.

This second comprehensive inspection took place on the 3 and 4 May 2018 and was unannounced.

The inspection was undertaken by one inspector, an assistant inspector, a specialist nursing advisor and an expert by experience. An expert by experience is a person who has personal experience of using or caring for someone who uses this type of care service. The expert by experience for this inspection had experience of mental health services.

Prior to the inspection, the registered manager had completed a Provider Information Return [PIR]. This is a form that asks the provider to give some key information about the service, what the service does well and improvements they plan to make. The provider returned the PIR and we took this into account when we made judgements in this report.

We reviewed the information we held about the service, including statutory notifications that the provider had sent us; a statutory notification is information about important events which the provider is required to send us by law. We also contacted Healthwatch; an independent consumer champion for people who use health and social care services. We also contacted local commissioners for any information they held on the service.

During our inspection, we spoke with five people who used the service and two people's relatives. We also observed the interaction between people and the staff in the communal areas. We spoke with ten members of staff including community support workers, nursing staff, medical staff, therapy staff, housekeeping and catering staff and members of the management team. We also spoke with two health and social care professionals that were visiting the service. We looked at three records relating to people’s care needs and ten staff recruitment records. We looked at other information related to the running of and the quality of the service. This included quality assurance audits, quality surveys that had been carried out by the provider, training information for staff and arrangements in place for managing complaints.

Overall inspection


Updated 30 June 2018

This inspection took place on the 3 and 4 May 2018. The first day of the inspection was unannounced and we carried out an announced visit on the second day.

Oakleaf Care Group (Hartwell) Limited is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing or personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

The service provides a range of specialist assessment and rehabilitation programmes for people with acquired brain injuries, other neurological conditions or early onset dementia. They may also have other associated complex cognitive impairments or physical disabilities. Oakleaf Care Group (Hartwell) is registered to provide accommodation, nursing and personal care for up to 16 people in two adapted buildings. The accommodation consists of Mosley House, which focusses on providing active rehabilitation and Mosley Lodge, which is designed to accommodate people requiring a higher level of support. At the time of the inspection there were 11 people living at the service.

At the last inspection, on 2 and 3 March 2016, the service was rated ‘Good'. At this inspection we found that the service was now rated ‘Outstanding’.

There was a registered manager in post. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the CQC 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.

The service demonstrated an excellent commitment to providing outstanding support, which put people at the heart of everything. The provider and registered manager led the staff to deliver person centred care, which had achieved consistently outstanding outcomes for people.

Staff continuously went beyond expectations to ensure that people received truly individualised care that was flexible and responsive to their needs. Staff respected people's individuality and empowered people to express their wishes and make their own choices.

Staff demonstrated the provider's values of offering person centred care that respected people as individuals in all of their interactions with people. Staff at all levels had a strong belief that they were providing the best possible support for people, and were confident and empowered in their roles because of the strong leadership and management across the service.

Staff were innovative in their approach to support, and were enthusiastic about supporting people to overcome life’s challenges. People and their relatives consistently told us that the service provided exceptional care and support to people.

There was a very effective system of quality assurance that ensured people consistently received exceptional care and support. The people receiving support from the service had an enhanced quality of life because the service worked innovatively to respond to people’s feedback and enable people to have meaningful experiences.

Staff had an understanding of abuse and the safeguarding procedures that should be followed to report abuse. Detailed risk assessments and behaviour management plans were in place to manage all risks within a person’s life. Staff were confident in supporting people with complex needs and behaviours and enabled and empowered people to live as independent a life as possible safely. There were arrangements in place for the service to make sure that action was taken and lessons learned when things went wrong, to improve safety across the service.

Staff recruitment procedures ensured that appropriate pre-employment checks were carried out to ensure only suitable staff worked at the service. People could be assured that they would be supported by sufficient numbers of staff with whom they had developed positive relationships.

Staff were provided with an extensive induction and on-going training was available to ensure they had the skills, knowledge and support they needed to perform their roles. Staff were very well supported by the registered manager and senior management team, and had regular one to one supervisions.

People received their medicines as prescribed and their health and well-being was monitored by a multidisciplinary team of staff. People were supported to access health professionals in a timely manner when they needed to. People were supported to have sufficient amounts to eat and drink to maintain a balanced diet.

Staff knew their responsibilities as defined by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA 2005). People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice. Staff consistently gained people’s consent before providing support.

People were involved in planning how their support would be provided and staff took time to understand people’s needs and preferences. Care documentation provided staff with appropriate guidance regarding the care and support people needed to maintain and develop their independence.

Further information is in the detailed findings below.