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Archived: Sunderland Home Care Associates (20-20) Limited

Overall: Requires improvement read more about inspection ratings

SES Building, 44 Mowbray Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR2 8EL (0191) 510 8366

Provided and run by:
Sunderland Home Care Associates (20-20) Limited

Important: This service is now registered at a different address - see new profile

All Inspections

2 February 2016

During a routine inspection

The inspection took place on 2 and 25 February and 2 March 2016 and was announced. The service was last inspected in December 2013 and met the regulations we inspected against at that time.

Sunderland Home Associates (SHCA) is an employee owned social enterprise that is registered with the Care Quality Commission for the regulated activity of personal care. The service provides domiciliary care for people in Sunderland.

The service had a registered manager. 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.

At the time of the inspection the registered manager was not actively managing the service. A registered manager from another location was supporting the deputy manager in the day to day management.

The registered provider had breached regulations 9, 12 and 17 of the Health and Social Care Act 2014. You can see what action we told the provider to take at the back of the full version of the report.

We found that people’s care plans did not always contain accurate information on how to support them. Records held in the office were not always fully completed with documents lacking detail. Records in people’s homes also lacked up to date information. We found that even though spot checks had been completed and people’s reviews had been completed, these had not picked up changes in people’s needs.

We found that people’s care records did not contain up to date risk assessments. Records held in the office and in the community were not always fully completed. Risk assessments were not effectively reviewed and did not pick up changes in need.

We found that the processes the service had for assessing and monitoring the quality of record keeping was limited. The provider’s quality assurance process did not take into account a managerial oversight of the service in relation to the quality or effectiveness of care records.

The business continuity plan was dated 2011 and did not contain up to date contact information. There was no evidence to demonstrate the plan had been reviewed.

Relatives and people were happy with their care. One person told us, “We are very happy with the care they give us.” Another commented, “The male carers are brilliant.” One relative told us, “They look after [family member] they are magnificent with them.” Another relative commented, “They are very good and always arrive on time, logging in and out.”

Relatives and people told us the service was safe. One relative said, “The care is safe, training with the hoist was done here. Staff follow the moving and handling plan that the local authority developed.” Staff knew how to contact other health care professionals when necessary and felt confident in doing so.

The registered provider operated a robust recruitment procedure which included ensuring appropriate checks were undertaken before staff started work. Staff had completed mandatory training required to perform their role. Training was up to date and refreshed as necessary. Staff received regular supervision and annual appraisals.

Staff said they were well supported and trained to carry out their caring role. One staff member said, “I am new to care and did extra shadowing until I felt confident.” Another staff member said, “We get a good amount of training, this is a brilliant organisation to work for.”

Staff had a good understanding of safeguarding and whistleblowing. Staff were able to describe the signs of potential abuse. Staff we spoke to had a clear understanding of what actions to take if they had concerns about a person’s safety or treatment. They were confident that any concerns would be listened to and investigated to make sure people were protected. One staff member said, “I would contact the office and report to the manager.” Another staff member said, “I would speak to the manager at any time I was concerned.”

Staff had an understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty and knew how support people with making day to day choices and decisions.

People were supported by a consistent staff team. One relative told us, “It is important to have consistency, we get a rota every week.” They went on to say, “Staff stay for the full-time and are generally on time.”

We saw that systems were in place for recording and managing safeguarding concerns, complaints, accidents and incidents. The service maintained a log of all safeguarding alerts which showed that appropriate action was taken.

Relatives and people knew how to complain if they were unhappy with their care. People we spoke with had not raised any complaints with the service. One relative said, “I have nothing to complain about.” The service logged complaints and compliments it received. Complaints received during 2015 had been investigated and the outcome recorded.

There were opportunities for staff members to give their views about the service, through attending team meetings and supervisions. One staff member said, “I attend regular team meetings.”

The service had a process in place to capture people’s views of the service along with relatives. We saw positive feedback had been received following the most recent consultation with people using the service.

11 December 2013

During a routine inspection

People using the service made positive comments about the care they received from the staff at Sunderland Home Care Associates (20-20) Limited. One person told us 'They are really friendly people.' A relative told us 'They go out of their way to help.'

We found that the dignity and independence of people using the service was respected and that people received the care and support that they needed. The service provided safe and appropriate care because individual needs were established before people started using the service. A relative told us 'I was involved with putting the care plan together.'

Staff were fully supported to meet people's needs because they had completed a comprehensive induction to the service and regular training. A relative told us 'I think the staff are very good.'

The manager had systems in place to regularly check the quality of the care and people's comments and complaints were listened to and acted on effectively.

23 January 2013

During a routine inspection

We looked at the records relating to care plans. We found that people had counter-signed their care plans which showed that they had agreed to the care plan which formed part of their care.

We spoke with people who used the service and their relatives. Their comments were positive and included; 'I know what is the care plan and the staff change it when x's condition changes'; 'I am happy with my care plans. I know what is in it'. 'The carers are very flexible and staff often changed their visiting times to accommodate my husband's need'; 'They always arrive on time and keep record of the care they give me'. 'The service is excellent and we have no complaints at all'; 'We had a different provider before but this company is very professional'

We spoke with people about feeling safe in their home. People described the arrangements for staff gaining entrance to their homes. People told us they were 'very' happy with the staff and trust them to come into their home. One person told us, 'They have a key to my house and they always make sure I am okay before they leave. They make sure the house is safe'.

4 April 2012

During an inspection looking at part of the service

We did not receive any comments from the people who used the service on staff training and support, and quality assurance.

This inspection visit was arranged to check on the improvements that the home had made following the last inspection visit in August 2011.

11 August 2011

During a routine inspection

We visited four people in their homes to talk to them about the care they received from Sunderland Home Care Associates. We spoke to people about respect and dignity and how staff promoted these. All the four people who used the service told us that the staff respected their privacy and treated them with dignity.

The service users that we visited were complimentary of the staff and the quality of the care that they received. People told us about their experiences and their comments included the following:

'I am chuffed to bits about the care I received from the staff'.

'The girls are lovely and always very pleasant and helpful'.

'I can't complain about this company. I have nothing to complain about'.

'The girls are good and they treat my home with respect'.

'They are flexible and would do anything I ask them as long as it is within their role'.

'These carers are angels'.