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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 31 January 2019

This comprehensive inspection took place on 15 January 2019 and was unannounced.

Hobbs Field is a care home for 15 adults with a learning disability and or autistic spectrum disorders. Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. At the time of our inspection there were 14 people living at the service. The service is made up of two detached houses situated in a residential area of Horsham. The properties had level access throughout and adapted communal bath and shower rooms. The houses are linked by a shared patio area and surrounded by shared gardens.

People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing or personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement. The Care Quality Commission regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

The care service had not originally been developed and designed in line with the values that underpin the Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. At the time of inspection, consultations were in progress to change the use of the building. Registering the Right Support is CQC guidance on how to register learning disability services in line with accepted best practice. However, the provider had taken steps to ensure people and relatives were involved in the process and adaptations had been made to ensure people received personalised care. Despite the building type, the provider managed to ensure these values were displayed including choice, promotion of independence and inclusion. People with learning disabilities and autism using the service can live as ordinary a life as any citizen.

At our last inspection in May 2016 we rated the service as good overall. We found the provider's quality assurance systems had not identified shortfalls in records relating to the delivery of care. This limited the rating for well-led to requires improvement. At this inspection we found improvements to the quality assurance systems and the evidence continued to support the rating of good. There was no evidence or information from our inspection and ongoing monitoring that demonstrated serious risks or concerns. This inspection report is written in a shorter format because our overall rating of the service has not changed since our last inspection.

The service had a registered manager in place. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are 'registered person’s'. 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.

Relatives told us they felt their family members were safe living at Hobbs Field. Staff described procedures that were in place to safeguard the people they supported. They fully understood the safeguarding policies and procedures, felt confident to raise a concern and thought they would be listened to. Risks to people's safety had been assessed and care records contained risk assessments to manage identified risks.

Recruitment systems at the home continued to be safe and robust. There were sufficient trained and competent staff to meet people's individual assessed needs. The staff were supported by the management team through on-going supervision and team meetings.

People received their medicines as prescribed and staff knew how to manage medicines safely.

People received care that was personalised and responsive to their needs. People's needs that related to age, disability, religion or other protected characteristics were considered throughout the assessment and care planning process. 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 pract

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 31 January 2019

The service remains Good.

Effective

Good

Updated 31 January 2019

The service remains Good.

Caring

Good

Updated 31 January 2019

The service remains Good.

Responsive

Good

Updated 31 January 2019

The service remains Good.

Well-led

Good

Updated 31 January 2019

The service had improved to Good.

People who used the service, their relatives and staff were engaged and involved in making improvements.

The registered manager promoted an open culture in the service. The provider's values were embedded in staff working practices.

Quality checks had been completed and the service worked in partnership with other agencies to ensure people received a consistent service.