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Pennine Camphill Community Good

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 7 April 2020

About the service

Pennine Camphill Community provides accommodation and personal care for up to 28 students with learning disabilities, some of whom are living with autism. It is a specialist residential college of further education. Accommodation is provided in four individually staffed houses. At the time of our inspection, seven students were using the service accommodated in two houses.

The service applied the principles and values of Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These ensure that people who use the service can live as full a life as possible and achieve the best possible outcomes that include control, choice and independence. The outcomes for people using the service reflected the principles and values of Registering the Right Support by promoting choice and control, independence and inclusion. People's support focused on them having as many opportunities as possible for them to gain new skills and become more independent.

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

Students and their relatives felt the service was safe. A relative told us, “It’s a fabulous set up.” Another relative said, “From [Person’s] point of view they really enjoy being at Camphill [referring to Pennine Camphill Community]. They look forward to going back when they’ve been away or been home.” Risk assessments were in place and showed what action had been taken to mitigate identified risks. The management of medicines was safe and administered by staff who were assessed as competent. Feedback about the meals was positive. Students were protected from the risk of infection.

Care plans were up to date and detailed what care and support students wanted and needed. New staff received an induction. Staff training and supervision was up to date. Staff received the input of other healthcare professionals where needed. Students 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. A relative told us, “They enable the students to grow their confidence and they treat them with such respect. It’s a beacon and a good example of best practice.”

Care planning was extremely person-centred and students were encouraged to retain their independence. Relatives felt involved in making decisions regarding the student’s care needs. Students were encouraged and supported to become more independent by learning life skills.

Students were supported by a regular staff team who knew them well. Social activities met student’s individual needs and enabled students to live as full a life as possible.

The provider had a complaints procedure in place. Students and relatives knew how to make a complaint should the need arise. Relatives were regularly consulted and asked for feedback about the quality of the service. The principal was clear in their desire to provide person-centred and high-quality care to everyone who used the service. Most relatives told us they had regular contact and felt very supported by the frontline staff who directly supported the students. Relatives and staff felt the service was well-managed.

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 requires improvement (published 29 January 2019).

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-inspection programme. If we receive any concerning information we may inspect sooner.

Inspection areas



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The service was safe.

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The service was effective.

Details are in our effective findings below.



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The service was caring.

Details are in our caring findings below.



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The service was responsive.

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The service was well-led.

Details are in our well-led findings below.