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Archived: Ryecroft Private Residential Care Home Inadequate

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 11 December 2014
Date of Publication: 20 February 2015
Inspection Report published 20 February 2015 PDF

People should be cared for by staff who are properly qualified and able to do their job (outcome 12)

Enforcement action taken

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are safe and their health and welfare needs are met by staff who are fit, appropriately qualified and are physically and mentally able to do their job.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 11 December 2014, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff and talked with commissioners of services.

Our judgement

The provider did not have effective recruitment procedures in place to ensure people who worked at the home were of good character and suitable to work with vulnerable people.

Reasons for our judgement

Prior to our visit, the Local Authority had raised concerns with us about the way in which the provider recruited and selected staff. We used this information to plan our inspection.

During this inspection we looked at the staff records of six staff who, had recently been recruited. The regulation requires that the provider obtains an enhanced criminal record certificate. This is known as a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Information about a criminal record or other restrictions helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and helps to prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups.

We saw that in four instances staff had been allowed to work before the completed DBS check had been received. We asked the provider about this and they told us that one staff member had been working only under supervision prior to the DBS check being received. We saw evidence that this staff member had conducted a pre assessment visit for a prospective service user. We asked the provider and they told us that this person had not been supervised whilst undertaking this task.

We asked if there was evidence to support people working under supervision prior to the DBS checks being received. The provider told us that they did not have any. They had not undertaken any risk assessments or put any plans in place to mitigate the risks for employing staff who had not had the appropriate checks carried out.

We spoke with a staff member who told us that they had been working at the home for the previous two months. We saw that their DBS check had not been received until three weeks after the date they commenced employment.

The provider is also required to obtain suitable references prior to staff commencing work. We saw for two staff members that the appropriate references had not been obtained. Neither staff file contained a reference from their previous employer.

We saw that one person had been recruited into a senior management position in the home. There was no evidence in their staff file that this person had completed an application form, had taken part in an interview or had a DBS check applied for. We were told that this person had been dismissed two weeks after they commenced employment because they were unsuitable. We did not see any evidence to demonstrate that this person had been recruited safely.