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Reach Housing & Enablement Services Limited

Overall: Outstanding read more about inspection ratings

12 Carsic Lane, Sutton In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 2AX (01623) 559299

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Reach Housing and Enablement Services Limited

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Background to this inspection

Updated 9 January 2018

We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection checked whether the provider is meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Health and Social Care Act 2008, to look at the overall quality of the service, and to provide a rating for the service under the Care Act 2014.

This was a comprehensive inspection that took place on 23 November 2017. The provider was given 48 hours’ notice because the location provides a supported living service and we needed to be sure that staff would be available. The inspection team consisted of one inspector, and an Expert by Experience. An Expert by Experience is a person who has personal experience of using or caring for someone who uses this type of care service.

Before the inspection we used information the provider sent us in the Provider Information Return. This is information we require providers to send us at least once annually to give some key information about the service, what the service does well and improvements they plan to make. We also reviewed information that we held about the service such as notifications, which are events which happened in the service that the provider is required to tell us about, and information that had been sent to us by other agencies. We also contacted commissioners of adult social care services (who fund the care package provided for people) of the service.

On the day of the inspection visit we visited five people in their own homes and met five additional people who used the service at the provider’s office which was also used as a resource base for people who use the service. We also spoke with four relatives for their feedback about the service their family member received. People visited the resource base to participate in a range of activities and social opportunities, including meeting with the management team. By spending time with people who used the service, we were able to gain an insight into their experience about the service they received. Some people had limited verbal communication and we used observation of staff engagement with people to help us understand the care and support they received. We also used other methods to communicate with people such as Makaton; this is a form of sign language.

During the inspection we spoke with the registered manager, the administrator, two house managers, and a support worker. The day before our inspection we spoke via telephone with one house manager, a training officer and four support workers. We looked at all or parts of the care records of three people along with other records relevant to the running of the service. This included how people were supported with their medicines, quality assurance audits, training information for staff and recruitment and deployment of staff, meeting minutes, policies and procedures and arrangements for managing complaints.

Overall inspection


Updated 9 January 2018

We inspected the service on 23 November 2017. The inspection was announced.

This service provides care and support to people living in nine ‘supported living’ settings, so that they can live in their own home as independently as possible. People’s care and housing are provided under separate contractual agreements. CQC does not regulate premises used for supported living; this inspection looked at people’s personal care and support.

The care service has been developed and designed in line with the values that underpin the Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These values include choice, promotion of independence and inclusion. People with learning disabilities and autism using the service can live as ordinary a life as any citizen.

At our last inspection in August 2015, the service was rated 'Good'. At this inspection we found that the service remained 'Good’ in Safe, Effective and Caring and had improved to ‘Outstanding’ in Responsive and Well-led key questions.

The service had a registered manager in place at the time of our inspection. 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 remained safe because staff were aware of their roles and responsibility of how to support people to remain safe. The registered provider had systems and processes in place to support people from the risks of abuse and avoidable harm. Risks associated to people’s needs had been assessed and planned for and were reviewed to ensure staff had up to date information. People were supported to live in a safe environment. People received support from a team of staff that provided consistency and continuity. Safe staff recruitment checks were carried out before staff commenced employment and people who used the service and or relatives, were involved in the recruitment of staff. People received appropriate support with the administration, storage and management of their prescribed medicines. Staff were aware of the importance of infection control measures and had received appropriate training.

People continued to receive an effective service. People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice. People were supported by staff that had received an appropriate induction and ongoing support and training. The registered manager used best practice guidance to develop and support staff to provide effective care and support. The principles of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) were followed when decisions were made about people’s care. People were supported to plan, shop and cook meals as fully as possible. Staff were aware of people’s nutritional needs and promoted health eating. Systems were in place to share information with external services and professionals when required. People received appropriate support to maintain their health. Staff worked with external healthcare professionals to achieve good health outcomes for people.

People continued to receive good care. Relatives spoke positively about the approach of staff whom they said were kind, caring and compassionate. People were involved as fully as possible in their care and support and staff respected their privacy and dignity. Independence was promoted and staff had a good understanding of people’s diverse needs, preferences, routines and personal histories. People were supported to access different types of advocacy support when required.

People received an outstanding responsive service. People were involved as fully as possible in their care and support. People’s support plans focussed on their individual needs, creating a person centred approach in the delivery of care and support. Regular meetings were had with people to discuss their care and support and the activities they wanted to participate in. This included an annual holiday of their choice. People were supported to participate in activities, interests and hobbies that were important to them. Staff had been creative and had used innovative approaches to support people with their dreams and aspirations. Staff promoted people’s independence and people were active citizens of their local community. People received opportunities to develop their social and friendship circle. Staff used effective communication methods to support people’s sensory and communication needs. People had access to the registered provider’s complaints procedure that was presented in an appropriate format. Additional and creative ways had been developed for people to share their views about the service. People’s end of life wishes had been discussed with them.

The service was outstanding in being well-led. The registered manager had developed an open and inclusive service, they had a clear vision and set of values based on social inclusion that the staff fully understood and adhered to. Staff felt listened to, supported and involved in the development of the service. People who used the service and relatives received opportunities to share their views, experience of the service and were involved in developing the service further. Audits were carried out and action plans put in place to address any issues which were identified. The service had been successful in achieving the National Autistic Society Autism Accreditation.

Accidents and incidents were recorded and investigated. The provider had informed us of notifications. Notifications are events which have happened in the service that the provider is required to tell us about.