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Cherry Tree Lodge Outstanding

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 15 November 2019

About the service

Cherry Tree Lodge cares for people who have a learning disability and/or autism. It provides accommodation for up to nine people who require personal care. On the day of our inspection there were nine people living at the home.

The service has been developed and designed in line with the principles and values that underpin Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. This ensures that people who use the service can live as full a life as possible and achieve the best possible outcomes. The principles reflect the need for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live meaningful lives that include control, choice, and independence. People using the service receive planned and co-ordinated person-centred support that is appropriate and inclusive for them.

The service was a large home, bigger than most domestic style properties. It was registered for the support of up to nine people and nine people were using the service. This is larger than current best practice guidance. However, the size of the service having a negative impact on people was mitigated by individual rotas of core staff. The building fitted into the residential area and the other large domestic homes of a similar size. There were deliberately no identifying signs, intercom, cameras, industrial bins or anything else outside to indicate it was a care home. Staff were also discouraged from wearing anything that suggested they were care staff when coming and going with people.

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

There was a strong and empowering approach to managing people’s safety which focused on openness, transparency and learning when things went wrong. The provider embedded technology in service delivery which support staff to provide people with truly person-centred care. There was a strong ethos based around people as individuals and recognising the value of their expertise in how their own care should be delivered. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback about the leadership of the service. The running of the service centred around the experience of people.

The service applied the principles and values of Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These ensured people who used the service lived as full a life as possible. Support focused on people having as many opportunities as possible to gain new skills and become more independent.

People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible and in their best interests; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.

The Secretary of State has asked the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to conduct a thematic review and to make recommendations about the use of restrictive interventions in settings that provide care for people with or who might have mental health problems, learning disabilities and/or autism.

Thematic reviews look in-depth at specific issues concerning quality of care across the health and social care sectors. They expand our understanding of both good and poor practice and of the potential drivers of improvement.

As part of the thematic review, we carried out a survey with the registered manager at this inspection. This considered whether the service used any restrictive intervention practices (restraint, seclusion and segregation) when supporting people.

The service used some restrictive intervention practices as a last resort, in a person-centred way, in line with positive behaviour support principles.

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

Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was good (published 20 January 2017).

Why we inspected

This was a planned inspection based on the previous rating.

Follow up

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service until we return to visit as per our re-inspecti

Inspection areas



Updated 15 November 2019

The service was exceptionally safe.

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Updated 15 November 2019

The service was effective.

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Updated 15 November 2019

The service was caring.

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Updated 15 November 2019

The service was exceptionally responsive.

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Updated 15 November 2019

The service was exceptionally well-led.

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