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Autism Wessex - Barnes Lane Good

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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 26 March 2019

About the service:

Autism Wessex - Barnes Lane provides personal care and accommodation for up to six people who have an autistic spectrum disorder. The home comprises three inter-linked terraced houses each accommodating two people. It is situated on the outskirts of Beaminster.

The people we met had Autism including communication difficulties, therefore some were not able to tell us about their experiences of life at the service. We therefore used our observations of care and our discussions with relatives and staff to help form our judgements.

Rating at last inspection:

Good (published17 August 2016.)

Why we inspected:

This was a scheduled inspection based on previous rating.

People’s experience of using this service:

People told us they were happy and felt safe at the service. At the time of our inspection there were five people using the service.

People had good community networks which were personal to them. This included, links with local church’s and supporting people to use technology to connect with family and friends. People had been supported to develop and maintain positive relationships. Equality, Diversity and Human Rights (EDHR) were promoted and understood by staff.

People were supported by staff who were well trained and skilled. They worked with people to overcome challenges and promote their independence. The emphasis of support was towards enabling people to learn essential life skills. Staff encouraged positive risk taking so people could experience new things and develop wider opportunities. This had led to people feeling fulfilled and living an active life.

The service has been developed and designed in line with the principles and values that underpin Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. This ensures that people who use the service can live as full a life as possible and achieve the best possible outcomes. The principles reflect the need for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live meaningful lives that include control, choice, and independence. People using the service receive planned and co-ordinated person-centred support that is appropriate and inclusive for them

There were a range of checks in place to ensure the safety of the homes. Some repairs were required in some of the houses in regard to flooring and damage to a celling following a water leak. Plans were in place to address these issues. There were systems in place to manage infection control, and staff were aware of their responsibility in regard to keeping the homes clean and infection free.

Comprehensive individual service plans [care plans] were in place which included information such as likes dislikes and people who they wished to be involved in their care. This was described as people’s circle of support. The service plans addressed what each person liked to do, people who are important to them and who would be able to advocate on their behalf.

People were supported to make choices and staff supported people in the least restrictive way as possible. This was kept under review. Staff were aware of the legislation to protect people’s rights in making decisions.

Accidents and incidents were monitored to identify and address any patterns or themes. Learning from incidents was shared with the staff team. Records demonstrated that when an incident or accident occurred staff reported these to their management team to monitor.

There were sufficient staff available to support people. Relatives commented that the staff team were consistent and knew people well. Staff said they felt well supported by the management team and senior staff overseeing the service. Relatives and staff us there were sufficient staff to keep people safe.

Staff received supervision in line with the provider’s policy, staff felt supported and able to request a supervision if they needed one. Staff told us they were able to speak to their management team as they operated an open door approach.

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The service was safe

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The service was effective

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The service was caring

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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.