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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

Staff should be properly trained and supervised, and have the chance to develop and improve their skills (outcome 14)

Not met this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are safe and their health and welfare needs are met by competent staff.

How this check was done

Our judgement

The management and administration of induction and staff training is in need of ongoing development and review to ensure all staff complete the necessary training for their respective roles.

User experience

We did not receive any direct feedback on this outcome area from the people living at Atherton Lodge.

Other evidence

The registered manager informed us that the provider (Par Nursing Homes Ltd) ensures requirements relating to workers are applied using various methods.

We asked the manager for a training plan but there was not one in place for reference.

Staff spoken with informed us that they had completed a basic induction upon commencement of their employment at Atherton Lodge which involved working through an induction checklist, reading policies and procedures, shadowing other carers and watching BVS training videos for various mandatory training topics. The induction checklist was not compliant with the Skills for Care Common Induction Standards and we asked the manager to address this training requirement as a matter of priority. No information on induction training had been included on the training matrix however separate records had been maintained.

Staff also reported that they had access to a basic range of BVS video training covering mandatory topics only. The topics covered included: First Aid; Food hygiene; Health and Safety; Moving and Handling; Fire Instruction; Infection Control and Vulnerable Adult and Abuse. The training matrix also identified that some staff had completed dementia and National Vocational Qualification training via external training providers. We discussed the benefit of expanding the range of training available to staff to develop professional competence, knowledge and skills.

Staff spoken with told us that they had access to regular supervision and team meetings. We looked at the minutes of team meetings. The minutes were very basic but provided evidence that the meetings had generally been coordinated every month.