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The Durnford Society Limited - 31 Parkstone Lane

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

31 Parkstone Lane, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 4DX (01752) 344144

Provided and run by:
Durnford Society Limited (The)

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Background to this inspection

Updated 5 July 2023

The inspection

We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (the Act) as part of our regulatory functions. We checked whether the provider was meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Act. We looked at the overall quality of the service and provided a rating for the service under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

Inspection team

This inspection was carried out by 1 inspector.

Service and service type

The Durnford Society is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing and/or personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement dependent on their registration with us. The Durnford Society Limited - 31 Parkstone Lane is a care home without nursing care. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

Registered Manager

This provider is required to have a registered manager to oversee the delivery of regulated activities at this location. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Registered managers and providers are legally responsible for how the service is run, for the quality and safety of the care provided and compliance with regulations.

At the time of our inspection there was a registered manager in post.

Notice of inspection

This inspection was unannounced.

What we did before the inspection

We reviewed information we had received about the service since the last inspection. We used the information the provider sent us in the provider information return (PIR). This is information providers are required to send us annually with key information about their service, what they do well, and improvements they plan to make. We used all this information to plan our inspection.

During the inspection

We spoke with 1 person and 1 relative of a person who used the service. We spoke with the registered manager, deputy manager, 4 staff and 2 healthcare professionals. We reviewed a range of records. This included 3 people's care records, medicine records and a variety of records relating to the management of the service including audits, meetings, policies and procedures. We also looked at 4 recruitment and supervision files.

Overall inspection


Updated 5 July 2023

We expect health and social care providers to guarantee people with a learning disability and autistic people respect, equality, dignity, choices and independence and good access to local communities that most people take for granted. 'Right support, right care, right culture' is the guidance CQC follows to make assessments and judgements about services supporting people with a learning disability and autistic people and providers must have regard to it.

About the service

The Durnford Society Limited - 31 Parkstone Lane is a residential care service that provides personal care and support for up to 4 adults with learning difficulties and or autism. At the time of our inspection 4 people were living at the service.

People’s experience of using this service and what we found

Right Support: People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible and in their best interests; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice. The model of care at The Durnford Society maximised people's choice, control and independence. Staff were committed to supporting people in line with their preferences and supported people to receive their medicines safely and as prescribed. People were enabled to access health and social care support in the community.

Right Care: Risks associated with people's care were assessed and included in their support plans. Care records guided staff on the action they were to take to mitigate risks to people and themselves.

Right Culture: The registered manager and staff were clear about their aim of providing person-centred care. They had a good knowledge of the service and understood the needs of people they supported. Staff supported people to lead confident, inclusive and empowered lives.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at www.cqc.org.uk

Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was good (published 29 December 2017)

Why we inspected

We undertook this inspection as part of a random selection of services rated Good and Outstanding.

We looked at infection prevention and control measures under the Safe key question. We look at this in all care home inspections even if no concerns or risks have been identified. This is to provide assurance that the service can respond to COVID-19 and other infection outbreaks effectively.

This report only covers our findings in relation to the Key Questions Safe and Well-led which contain those requirements. For those key questions not inspected, we used the ratings awarded at the last inspection to calculate the overall rating. The overall rating for the service has remained good. This is based on the findings at this inspection.

You can read the report from our last comprehensive inspection, by selecting the ‘all reports’ link for The Durnford Society Limited - 31 Parkstone Lane on our website at www.cqc.org.uk.

Follow up

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service, which will help inform when we next inspect.