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Archived: Allied Healthcare - Cambridge

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


Inspection carried out on 10 April 2014

During a routine inspection

The name of a registered manager appears in this report who was not managing the service at the time of our inspection. This was because their name appears on our register.

We considered our inspections findings to answer questions we always ask: Is the service caring? Is the service responsive? Is the service safe? Is the service effective? Is the service well led? This is a summary of what we found-

Is the service caring?

We talked with people who used the service. All of these people told us that the care staff always treated them with dignity and respect and always ensured that it was 'alright' to provide the person with care in a way the person had chosen. Reviews of people's plans of care ensured that people were only provided with care based upon their most up-to-date care information. One person told us, "All the staff are so nice. They are like a family to me. They know exactly what I need help and support with."

Is the service responsive?

We saw that people's care was assessed, reviewed and that changes were made where people's individual care and support needs required this. This ensured that people were provided with person centred care and support. This also ensured that people's needs were assessed and met reliably. People were able to make choices on things such as the preferred gender of their carer, the time the wanted to get up or go bed and the support they needed with their medicines administration. Where a person was referred to a healthcare professional due to a change in their health conditions, we saw that corrective actions were implemented to ensure the person's care remained effective.

Is the service safe?

The safety of everyone who used the service was assessed and regularly reviewed. People were provided with the appropriate level of support to ensure that they were safe and not exposed to risks where this was unsafe. Risk assessments regarding people's health risks had been completed to ensure that the measures that had been implemented were in place to minimise or eliminate these risks. Action had been taken following accidents and incidents to ensure that the potential for any recurrence was eliminated or significantly reduced. Additional checks and audits introduced since our previous inspection meant that people were safely supported with their medicines administration.

Is the service effective?

During our inspection we spoke with staff who were able to demonstrate to us that they had a good knowledge of people's needs and how to provide these effectively and consistently. We saw that staff ensured that people had a good experience of using the service. Quality assurance reviews which had been completed by the provided had confirmed that the majority of people had a good experience of using the service. One relative told us, "We had to make changes when my (relative) first started to use the service but everything is now absolutely fine."

Is the service well led?

Staff we spoke with told us that the manager's door was always open and that if ever they had any concerns that these would be acted upon. Staff told us that their training was excellent and that they could gain additional care qualifications if they needed to do this as part of their role. Improvements had been made since our last inspection to ensure that people who used the service received support and care from staff that were supported, trained and competent to do their job. Effective quality assurance systems were in place and people were listened to.

Inspection carried out on 23, 24 September 2013

During a routine inspection

People told us they were happy with the care they received from the agency and that the staff were: "...lovely", "...excellent. My previous carers were not as good as these".

Staff said they had been given the training they needed to care for people safely. One member of staff said: "It's brilliant here". Another said: "I'm very happy here. I love the job".

People said there had been some changes with the agency and some of the staff who cared for them had left. One person said they felt the agency was well organised and another said it was unfortunate that the manager was leaving as they felt things might change.

Inspection carried out on 23 January 2013

During a routine inspection

People that we spoke with were positive about the care and support they received from care staff. One person told us, “The care staff are cheerful and help me with what I need.” People told us that they received care and support in a respectful and dignified manner.

We saw evidence that peoples’ preferences were recorded in care plans indicating how they wanted their care to be provided. Care and support was appropriately assessed and each care visit was documented with guidelines for staff for the care and support the person required.

There were effective safeguarding procedures in place to ensure people were protected from harm or abuse

Records showed staff were trained and monitored regarding the administration of medication. Staff told us they were aware of their responsibilities when recording medication that they had either administered to people or had prompted people to take.

The agency had effective recruitment procedures in place to ensure that only people who were suitable to work with vulnerable adults were employed.

Complaints were responded to appropriately and people told us that they knew who to contact if they had any concerns about their care.

Inspection carried out on 11 October 2011

During a routine inspection

People told us care staff who visit were all nice and one person described one staff member as, �She goes out of her way, nothing�s too much trouble for her�. People said that staff members were respectful and maintained their privacy.

Only two of the six people we spoke with said they had looked at their care records, although these accurately reflected the care they needed and the care that was provided.

People said they felt safe with staff from the agency and they would be able to say something if they were not happy.

Care staff usually arrived at the same time each day, although this was not always the case when regular staff were not available. All of the people we spoke with said care staff stayed for the expected length of time and one person confirmed staff were flexible and would rearrange some aspects of the service they provided to fit in with the person's wishes.

Two people confirmed staff from the office asked them about their care and that they had been asked their view of their care by the provider.