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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 25, 29 March 2011
Date of Publication: 29 July 2011
Inspection Report published 29 July 2011 PDF

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

Not met this standard

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

Our judgement

Robust recruitment checks are not made prior to a member of staff commencing work in the home. People could be put at risk.

Overall, therefore, we found that there are areas of non compliance with this outcome area.

User experience

People who use this service made no specific comments about this outcome. But one person confirmed they had been able to participate in the recruitment of staff to the home.

Other evidence

The provider’s registration application told us that they are compliant with this outcome.

We spoke to two new staff about recruitment procedures in the home and they confirmed that they were interviewed, had had to supply two referees and have a Criminal Records Bureau Check (CRB) prior to employment. Following commencement of employment they had or were in the process of undertaking an induction course and a trial period, at the end of which one had had an appraisal of their work.

However we looked at two new staff's personnel files and found that although both staff had the CRB and a Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) check in place, in both instances staff had commenced working in the home prior to two written references being sought and received.