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Inspection carried out on 3 October 2016

During a routine inspection

We inspected The Prince of Wales Hospice on 03 and 04 October 2016. The first day of the inspection was unannounced, which meant the service did not know we were coming.

The hospice was last inspected in October 2013. We found it was compliant in all the aspects of care we inspected at that time.

The Prince of Wales Hospice provides specialist palliative care, including symptom control, respite, and end of life care for people with life limiting diseases and other progressive illnesses. The hospice is run by a registered charity which has a volunteer board of trustees. There are 14 inpatient beds and a day care service; care staff also provide a 24 hour/seven day a week advice line for people living in the community, carers and healthcare professionals. On the first day of our inspection there were six inpatients; two more were admitted on the second day.

The hospice is located in a residential area of Pontefract. The building is all on ground floor level. There is a car park and reception area to the front of the building, with separate areas for day care, inpatients and administrative activities. All inpatient bedrooms are ensuite and had French doors to allow patients to access a patio and garden area.

During summer 2016 the hospice had undergone significant refurbishment and improvement. At the time of our inspection this work was nearly complete, with nine inpatient beds available. The service planned to have the other five inpatient beds ready for admissions within the week following our inspection.

There was no registered manager in post. The last registered manager left in December 2015. A clinical services manager had been appointed in February 2016; they were in the process of applying to be registered manager. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission 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.

Medicines were managed and administered safely by staff. People told us they had access to pain-relieving medicines when they needed them. Staff were encouraged to report any medicines errors so lessons could be learned.

Risks to people had been assessed and managed appropriately. Regular safety checks had been completed on the building, facilities and equipment used to support people. We saw the hospice was clean.

People and their relatives told us there were sufficient care staff deployed to meet people’s needs. Our observations supported this.

Procedures for the recruitment of new staff at the hospice were updated shortly after our inspection to make them fully robust. A system was in place to ensure nursing staff had the correct professional registration.

Hospice staff could describe the forms of abuse people might be vulnerable to and told us they would report any concerns appropriately.

Staff received a comprehensive programme of induction and training. Annual appraisals were recorded but staff said supervisions had not been happening regularly. The clinical services manager was in the process of sourcing supervision training and improving their oversight of staff development.

Care staff members’ knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) was good. We saw capacity assessments and best interest decisions in people’s files. The service considered and documented whether care provided constituted a deprivation of people’s liberty.

Feedback about the food and drinks at the hospice from people and their relatives was extremely positive. The cook was knowledgeable about the nutritional needs of people receiving palliative and end of life care and could describe the needs of individual inpatients.

People had access to a team of healthcare professionals based at the hospice. People’s holistic healthcare needs were discussed d

Inspection carried out on 4 October 2013

During a routine inspection

At the time of our inspection there were six people using the service. We spoke with three people who were using the service and four relatives to gain their views. People told us staff communicated with them well so they understood the care and treatment choices available to them. They had been able to express their views and been involved in making decisions about their care and treatment. People using the service told us:

“The staff always explain things and check out my choices.”

“The care is excellent, and the food and facilities are also fantastic.”

“The staff work very well together. They are all different professionals, but all equally supportive.”

A relative commented: “The care here is wonderful. The staff look after me as well as my relative.”

We spoke with the Registered Manager and five staff members from a variety of roles working within the hospice about the care and treatment of people who used the service. All staff spoke knowledgeably about the needs of the people in their care. Staff told us they worked well together as a team.

We reviewed four people’s care records which documented multi-disciplinary discussions and communication with other agencies. We saw the records were fit for purpose and contained accurate assessments of people’s needs.

We saw people’s care records, staff files and other key documents were stored securely and could be located promptly by staff when required.

Inspection carried out on 4 December 2012

During a routine inspection

We spoke with four people who were using the service and two of their visitors. They all spoke positively about how the staff involved them in decisions about their treatment and care and how they acted in accordance with their wishes. For example, one person said “The staff here have kept me fully informed and involved and have supported me to make choices about my treatment and care.” Another person said “They talk to me about everything. It is really good.”

People using the service received care from a multi disciplinary team consisting of doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers and healthcare support workers. We spoke with six staff members from a variety of roles. We found staff were clear about their role and responsibilities within the multi disciplinary team and how they worked together to meet the needs of the people in their care.

During our visit we identified that one person had missed a dose of a controlled drug. The person had come to no harm or suffered as a result of missing this medication. We saw that appropriate action had been taken by the hospice staff to ensure the safety and well being of the person. How the incident was managed demonstrated a commitment to learn from mistakes.

All people spoken with were complimentary about the staff. A visitor told us “The staff always make me feel welcome as a visitor at any time of day or night.” One person commented “It feels like they have plenty of staff as they are always there when you need them.

Inspection carried out on 29 November 2011

During a routine inspection

During the visit we had the opportunity to speak to two people using the service and one relative. They told us they were very satisfied with all aspects of the service. They said they staff couldn’t do enough for them and were available when they needed them. One person told us they had been reluctant to come to the day therapy unit but now did not want to leave. People told us they were given information and involved in decisions about their care and treatment. They said the food was very good.

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