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Archived: Atherton Lodge Inadequate

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We are carrying out a review of quality at Atherton Lodge. We will publish a report when our review is complete. Find out more about our inspection reports.
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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 31 October 2011
Date of Publication: 13 December 2011
Inspection Report published 13 December 2011 PDF

There should be enough members of staff to keep people safe and meet their health and welfare needs (outcome 13)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are safe and their health and welfare needs are met by sufficient numbers of appropriate staff.

How this check was done

Our judgement

Dependency and staff deployment levels are in need of review to ensure that the people who use the service benefit from sufficient staff to meet their needs.

User experience

No concerns were received from the people using the service regarding staffing levels.

Other evidence

We asked the registered manager for information about the daily staffing levels during the morning, afternoon and night and reviewed a sample of rotas as there have been previous concerns raised regarding staffing levels.

At the time of the visit there were twenty three people residing at Atherton Lodge. The manager informed us that the staffing levels had recently been amended to reflect lower occupancy levels and consequently there were three care staff and a trained nurse on duty during the day and two waking night staff and a trained nurse on duty during each night.

We asked the manager if she could provide evidence that she had undertaken a dependency needs analysis and risk assessment as the basis for deciding sufficient staffing levels for Atherton Lodge. We noted that there was no system in place for monitoring needs and staff deployment. The manager agreed to address this.

Examination of rotas and discussion with staff confirmed the home was staffed as detailed above. Staff spoken with reported that they felt the needs of the people using the service could be met within the current staffing levels.