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Archived: Allied Healthcare - Cambridge

This service was previously registered at a different address - see old profile

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 10 April 2014
Date of Publication: 7 May 2014

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

Meeting 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

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 10 April 2014, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We talked with people who use the service, talked with carers and / or family members, talked with staff and reviewed information given to us by the provider.

Our judgement

People were cared for, or supported by, suitably qualified, skilled and experienced staff.

Reasons for our judgement

Prior to staff commencing their employment with the service we saw that checks had been completed to ensure that only staff who were suitable and competent to work with vulnerable adults were employed. This included a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to ensure that staff did not have any previous criminal records which prevented them from working at the service. We also saw that a recent identity photograph of each member of staff had been recorded. Appropriate checks were undertaken before staff began work.

The provider showed us documented evidence of people's previous employment records, employment references and declarations by staff that they were fit to work. We saw that the provider had corroborated employment references to ensure their authenticity. We saw that any gaps, where appropriate, in staff's employment history had been satisfactorily explained. This meant that people were assured that the service only employed staff after they had safely established the person's suitability to commence work. There were effective recruitment and selection processes in place.

We looked at staff training records for things such as; medicines administration, moving and handling, safeguarding of vulnerable adults and dementia awareness. We found that staff's training, competence and skills enabled them to support people with their care needs effectively, safely and consistently. This was confirmed to us by people we spoke with who used the service.

Staff we spoke with told us that they were supported by the provider to obtain qualifications in healthcare. This included a level three diploma in healthcare. People could be confident that their care and support needs were met by staff whose competence had been effectively assessed.