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Hatchmoor Nursing Home

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

Hatchmoor Common Lane, Great Torrington, Torrington, EX38 7AT (01805) 625721

Provided and run by:
Hatchmoor Nursing Home Limited

All Inspections

6 July 2023

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about Hatchmoor Nursing Home on 6 July 2023. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.

This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.

If you have concerns about Hatchmoor Nursing Home, you can give feedback on this service.

27 August 2020

During an inspection looking at part of the service

Hatchmoor Nursing Home is registered to provide accommodation for 64 people who require nursing and personal care. People reside over two floors, and the accommodation is divided into eight named units. The ground floor units are specifically for people living with dementia. People with nursing care needs were accommodated on the first floor.

We found the following examples of good practice.

•All visitors to the service were only allowed to enter if they had pre-arranged their visit and followed the services guidelines and protocols. This included signing a health declaration, providing their contact details and having their temperature checked. Anyone entering the building was reminded to first wash their hands and then put on appropriate PPE.

•There was clear signage all around the building to remind staff and people living there to wash their hands and to keep to social distancing.

•There was a strict protocol for new admissions which included ensuring the person had been tested for COVID and an agreement they would need to isolate in their bedroom for 14 days.

•People were enabled to stay in touch with family and friends via face time video calls, phone calls and planned visits which were organised twice a week.

•People were given an entertainment pack for their room which included puzzles, crafts word searches and other individualised items to keep them occupied if they were isolating or choosing to remain in their room.

•The cleaning regime was robust and included deep cleaning of rooms on a rotational basis.

Further information is in the detailed findings below.

18 September 2017

During a routine inspection

Hatchmoor Nursing Home is registered to provide accommodation for 64 people who require nursing and personal care. People reside over two floors, split into eight named units. The ground floor units are specifically for people living with dementia. People with nursing care needs were accommodated on the first floor. There were 57 people using the service at the time of this inspection.

This was a comprehensive inspection carried out on 18 and 20 September 2017. It was unannounced on the first day and announced on the second. At the last inspection in January 2015 the service was rated Good in all five domains. At this inspection we found the service remained Good.

Why the service is rated Good.

People who used the service were safe as the provider managed the risks to their safety and provided staff with training and support to recognise and act on any potential abuse. Comments from people using the service included, “I have safe care and like being here” and “Very safe here. No problem.” People were supported with sufficient numbers of staff and felt their needs were met. Recruitment procedures had been followed to reduce the risks of employing staff unsuitable for the role. Medicines were managed safely however we have made a recommendation to ensure best practice.

Staff received appropriate training for their roles, and had support with supervision from the management team. People’s right to make decisions about their care was respected and those people, who lacked capacity to make their own decisions, had been appropriately supported under the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

People were supported to maintain a healthy diet and fluid intake and staff were aware of peoples’ dietary needs and preferences. People had access to health professionals to promote their health and well-being.

People were treated with dignity and respect by staff who demonstrated a caring, kind and compassionate approach. Staff understood the needs of people and people and their relatives were involved in the planning of care and support. A variety of opportunities were provided for people to enable them to enjoy meaningful social interaction and reduce potential risks of social isolation.

The service had an open and inclusive culture and people, their relatives and staff were positive about the way it was managed. The provider and registered manager had established quality assurance systems and regular audits were being completed. Issues identified were addressed in a timely manner. People’s feedback was sought in order to improve the service.

5 & 7 January 2015

During a routine inspection

The inspection visits took place on 5 and 7 January 2015 and were unannounced.

Hatchmoor Nursing Home is registered to provide accommodation for 64 people who require nursing and personal care. People reside over two floors, split into eight named units. There were 58 people using the service at the time of our inspection.

At the last inspection on 6 and 8 August 2014, we asked the provider to take action to make improvements toward more robust recruitment, ensure care plans included considerations of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and Deprivation of Liberty (DoLS) Safeguards and to ensure records were complete. We found at this inspection those improvements had been made.

The service had a 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.

People were supported and cared for by sufficient staff to ensure their individual needs were met with patience and humanity. The staffing arrangements were flexible and where additional staff were required this was provided. Staff training needs were well met and staff were supported and supervised in the work they did. Recruitment was robust and so protected people from staff who might be unsuitable to work with them.

Staff understood how to protect people from abuse and the home had acted to protect people where they believed abuse or harm might have occurred. Examples included staff reporting poor practice and the registered provider reporting possible abuse from a source external to the home. Each person had risks to their wellbeing assessed and steps were taken to mitigate any known risk, such as falls or skin damage from pressure.

The home was a safe environment as maintenance of the premises and servicing of equipment was well managed. Medicines were managed in a safe way and in accordance with people’s individual needs, for example, taking time to encourage a person to take their prescribed medicines.

People’s care and treatment needs were met. One person said, “That is amazing. That is the first time I’ve seen (my father) walking that well for years. That’s real care.” Toward achieving this, the home had good links with local health and social care agencies, such as a local hospice. Nursing staff were able to identify and have training needs met so they could maintain high standards of clinical practice.

People were fully involved in decisions about their care and the staff understood legal requirements to make sure people’s rights were protected.

There were many ways in which people’s views were sought and the home was responsive to their requests, such as menu and activity choices. A person said, “Everyone gets to give an opinion.” There was a very broad programme of ‘Core Activities’:creative, cultural, esteem, emotional and intellectual, based on an individual’s personal history; their strengths and preferences.

People had a nutritious and balanced diet available to them. Where they had specific dietary needs or preferences these were met where possible. Concerns about people’s dietary intake were responded to appropriately.

People were cared for with kindness, patience and respect. People’s preferences were known and provided for. There were many examples of staff knowing when to provide reassurance and taking time to ensure they felt cared for and valued. People’s dignity was promoted: people, their families and staff had been involved in a dignity project.

The home was well led. The goals and objectives of the home were well met. There was a strong ethos of caring and respect for people and staff. Systems used to monitor the service, the approach to staff training, and local health care connections, ensured high standards were maintained and people’s wellbeing was promoted. It was a relaxed, friendly and welcoming place.

6, 8 August 2014

During a routine inspection

We considered our inspection findings to answer questions we always ask:

Is the service safe?

Is the service caring?

Is the service effective?

Is the service responsive?

Is the service well led?

This is a summary of what we found.

On the two days of our inspection there were 51 people living at Hatchmoor Nursing Home. The summary is based on conversations with 10 people using the service, nine staff supporting them, five people's family, the provider, observation and records.

If you want to see the evidence supporting our summary please read the full report.

Is the service safe?

One person's family told us "I have total trust in how they look after (my parent)". We saw risks to people's health were assessed and monitored and external health care professionals were contacted in a timely manner where a health care need was identified. We found no unmanaged health and safety issues which could affect people's day to day safety.

People's diet was monitored although amounts of fluids taken were not tallied so care plan reviews were based on that information. There was the potential for people's care to be affected because some records were not complete.

People were provided with frequent drinks during the two days of the inspection, which were hot. People were protected from the risks of inadequate nutrition. One person said 'The food is excellent and there is plenty. I never want more.' We heard care workers and nurses regularly asking people if they wanted any additional food or drink.

People were protected against the risks associated with medicines because the provider had appropriate arrangements in place to manage medicines.

People using the service could not be assured they were protected from unsuitable staff because the recruitment arrangements in use at the home were not robust. However, people spoke highly of the staff providing their care.

Care plans did not include considerations of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and staff did not demonstrate an understanding of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) codes of practice. There was, therefore the potential for people to receive care and treatment to which they had not consented. However, people were protected through the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) which were properly managed so as to protect people from being deprived of their liberty unlawfully.

Is the service caring?

The service was extremely caring. People using the service told us "The girls are lovely", "They're all kind and patient" and "The staff are very good; always very cheerful." We observed some excellent interaction between people and staff members. We saw staff spending time sitting with people, singing, talking, doing craftwork and walking in the garden. We saw smiles, banter and good humour when staff did not know we were observing them.

People were supported to maintain a high level of personal presentation in accordance with their personal choice.

The provider demonstrated a keenness to provide a caring service and made themselves available to people using the service, their families and staff members.

Is the service effective?

The service was effective because people's health and social care needs were well met. Staff had a good understanding of people's needs and how to meet them. The one exception was where people had behaviour which was a challenge to them and others but their care plan did not provide enough information for staff to deliver a consistent approach to managing that behaviour.

People's care needs were assessed, their care planned and their health monitored.

People received a service which promoted their well-being through many activities and a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Staff anticipated people's needs and treated them with respect and dignity.

The home did not accept new admissions where they could not be sure the person's needs could be met. This showed the effectiveness of service for each individual was seen as important.

Is the service responsive?

The service responded to the views of people who used it, their families and staff. Examples from staff included the provision of equipment when requested. We saw the provider worked closely with staff. Staff told us they would have confidence any issues could be raised with the provider.

The provider was very responsive to our inspection findings.

People's weights were closely monitored and the method used for the recording produced a graph of any weight loss or gain so it was clear where a response was needed to protect the person.

Is the service well-led?

There were good systems in place to run an efficient and well-led service, such as audits, monitoring, analysis of accidents and incidents and responses to complaints. However, this had not always identified where improvement could be made, such as robust recruitment.

Staff told us 'Staff are treated well' and 'I would take any concern to (the provider)'.

9 October 2013

During a routine inspection

We inspected the home on 9 October 2013 and spoke with six people living in the home, three visitors, 11 staff, 2 activities workers, the provider and manager. Some people were unable to comment directly on their care so we spent time with three of them to help us understand what life was like at the home.

People told us they were encouraged to express their views and were involved in making decisions about their care and treatment. They told us 'They always ask me what clothes would you like to wear and what would you like to do today?' and 'I could not wish for anywhere better'. Visitors said 'The staff know exactly what she likes to eat and give it to her, living here has given her a new lease of life'.

Care and treatment was planned and delivered in a safe way for example at mealtimes, people needing it had constant support. People told us they felt safe and well cared for with comments like 'They're always very careful because they're responsible if something happened to me'. We saw people were moved safely and equipment in the home was well maintained.

Hatchmoor was described by people as being well managed. People were asked for their feedback and confident that if they did have any complaint it would be listened to and acted upon.

The provider was compliant with all outcomes we looked at.

5 October 2012

During a routine inspection

We brought the scheduled inspection forward because we received concerning information about the health and welfare of people at the home. This information suggested that a person's health needs had not been managed appropriately. We found that the service was compliant with all the standards we looked at.

We carried out an unannounced inspection of Hatchmoor Nursing Home on 5 October 2012. We focussed on the outcomes for people with regard to health and welfare, working in partnership with other professionals, staffing support and competency of care workers and quality assurance.

We looked at the records of four people in detail and spoke with three people about their experiences at the service. There were some people who were not able to comment directly on their care so we spent time with some of them to help us understand what life was like at the home. This meant we spent time observing another four people's care and interactions with staff to see whether they had positive experiences. To do this we used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a specific way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us about their experiences of care. We used SOFI for one and half hours in the lounge and dining room. At our visit we spoke with five staff, two relatives, three professionals supporting people living in the home, the manager and provider.

People told us that they were involved in all aspects of their care and treatment. For example, we were told 'They keep me very clean' and 'Are always very kind and caring'. We saw that health care professionals worked closely with the home to ensure people's health was maintained.

People said that they felt safe and well cared for. For example, one person told us they were looked after by 'Brilliant people, who are so nice and very attentive. They treat you like a human being'. We also saw this happening when we observed people's experiences. We saw that people were regularly prompted with their personal hygiene needs and their dignity was promoted.

We saw that people were occupied with activities and this had a positive effect on their wellbeing. Relatives also remarked about activities, telling us 'There's activities in the lounge every day, outings and other things people can do it they don't want to join in the group'.

People told us they had confidence in the number of staff, their skills and experience. For example, 'They're always checking on me and come quickly if I call'. Another person told us that some of the staff had been given specialist training from another healthcare professional so that they could meet their needs.

People said that Hatchmoor was 'A good place to be, which is peaceful and calm' and 'I can't fault it'. Two relatives told us that communication was 'Very good' and that they were 'Always reassured by what I see XXX doing, XXX has improved so much since being here'.

At this inspection, we made no compliance actions.

6 January 2012

During an inspection looking at part of the service

A responsive review of Hatchmoor was completed on 5 July 2011. This was in response to safeguarding alerts relating to

' how pressure area care is managed

' how well the nursing home cares for people with complex needs

' how well care instructions about people's needs are communicated within the team in written records and verbal handovers.

CQC received an action plan from the registered providers about how they intended to comply with regulations, and we continued to be part of the multi agency strategy meeting which is now drawing to a close.

We carried out a further unannounced inspection at Hatchmoor on 6 January 2012 to check on compliance of outcome four- care and welfare of people who use the service. We wanted to check whether the service was following their action plan to meet the regulation in this outcome. We also looked at how well the service was reviewing this aspect of care and welfare so have included outcome 16 in this review- assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision.

We looked at four care plans in detail including electronic and paper copies of information relating to their care and welfare. We also looked at handover information used each shift to pass on details about care needs for people.

We spoke with five people currently living at the service, two of whom were people whose records we looked at. Overall comments from people we spoke with was very positive and included, 'They look after my xx downstairs in the dementia unit. (They) can be very trying but the staff do a great job and xx is very well cared for.' Another person told us ' You could not want for better.'

We observed care and support for short periods of time and spoke with three members of staff. We saw that staff interacted well with people and that care and support was delivered promptly and in a kind and respectful manner.

We saw that there had been a change to the electronic system since our last visit. The plans of care did not automatically generate with tick boxes. The system had been changed so that staff had to include detail for each care plan and this allowed it to be more person centred. We saw also that daily electronic records could be linked to care plans so these notes could be sued to review care plan on an ongoing basis. This means that plans were more person centred.

We saw that plans had been reviewed at least monthly and that wound care plans were in place for each person that required one including a body map and a wound care treatment plan which includes a valuation of care. At the time of this inspection there was no one with any pressure ulcer damage of any significance, but we saw that potential to develop ulcers was being monitored well and actively managed with appropriate treatment. We saw that pressure relieving equipment was in place for people who had been assessed as high risk of developing pressure care areas. For people who were less mobile or able to turn or move their position without assistance, we saw that records were in place to record number and times of repositioning. This was also in the electronic records as part of their overall care plan.

We looked at the pre admission assessment information of two newer people to the service and saw that these had been completed in a way that would allow assessed needs to be planned for.

The registered manager told us that since the last inspection they have lost some of their longstanding nurses and care staff, but have been able to employ new staff to these positions. The manager agreed to forward the training records of staff to demonstrate that they understand their role and the care planning and reviewing system. This had not been received at the time of writing this report, but we will look at this as part of the ongoing monitoring of this service.

We were told by the registered manager that they are now holding monthly meetings with the district nurse team to discuss the needs of any people that are at Hatchmoor who are residential and not nursing needs, as their nursing needs come under the remit of the district nursing team. This initiative appeared to be working well.

We asked for information about how the service was reviewing the quality of care and whether care plans and in particular wound management plans were being reviewed and monitored to ensure consistent care. We have been sent details of monitoring of care plans and actions taken to improve care plan development and review. We have recommended some improvements to ensure that the service continues to meet this outcome.

5 July 2011

During an inspection in response to concerns

We carried out this responsive review in response to an overall multi agency safeguarding strategy which is being coordinated by Devon County Council. The alert focuses on key themes, which include:

' how pressure area care is managed

' how well the nursing home cares for people with complex needs

' how well care instructions about people's needs are communicated within the team in written records and verbal handovers.

We carried out a responsive review with an inspection to Hatchmoor Nursing Home on 5 July 2011 and because of the concerns we looked at outcome 4.

We were not investigating this alert because this is being looked at as part of the safeguarding process. The purpose of this review was to check compliance in these two key outcome groups for people currently living in the home.

We looked at the records of 2 people in detail; and where possible we spoke to the individual and or their carer. We observed other people being attended to whilst we were visiting. We also spoke to different care workers including nurses, care assistants and a visiting community nurse.

People we spoke to said that their needs were being met, but we have identified some key areas of concern where lack of assessment and care planning could place people at risk. Essentially this is around pressure damage and wound care. We did not find that outcomes for people were poor, but we did find that wound care plans were not being reviewed and monitored sufficiently to ensure appropriate treatment was consistent. We have set a compliance action in respect of this and we will be reviewing this again in the near future with a further unannounced visit to the nursing home.