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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 3 December 2019

About the service

Castle House is a residential care home providing personal to ten people with learning disabilities and autism. At the time of inspection, the home was full.

The service has been developed and designed in line with the principles and values that underpin Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. This ensures that people who use the service can live as full a life as possible and achieve the best possible outcomes. The principles reflect the need for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live meaningful lives that include control, choice, and independence. People using the service receive planned and co-ordinated person-centred support that is appropriate and inclusive for them.

The service was a large home, bigger than most domestic style properties. It was registered for the support of up to ten people. This is larger than current best practice guidance. However, the size of the service having a negative impact on people was mitigated by the building design fitting into the residential area. There were deliberately no identifying signs, intercom, cameras, industrial bins or anything else outside to indicate it was a care home. Staff were also discouraged from wearing anything that suggested they were care staff when coming and going with people.

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

People enjoyed living at the home and told us they were treated well by kind and helpful staff. Staff supported people with patience and understanding.

People received safe care, and staff understood safeguarding procedures and how to raise concerns. Risk assessments were in place to manage risks within people’s lives, and staff we spoke with felt safe supporting people with a wide range of needs.

Staff recruitment procedures ensured that appropriate pre-employment checks were carried out. Medicines were stored safely, and records showed that they were administered correctly.

Staffing support matched the level of assessed needs within the service and staff were trained to support people effectively.

People were supported to have their nutritional needs met. Healthcare needs were met, and people had access to health professionals as required. Care plans outlined any support people required to manage their healthcare needs.

People's consent was gained before any care was provided, and they were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives. Staff treated people with kindness, dignity and respect and spent time getting to know them. 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.

Care plans reflected peoples’ likes, dislikes and preferences. An activities programme was in place, and people were supported to pursue holidays and activities they enjoyed with staff support.

A complaints system was in place and used effectively. The registered manager was keen to ensure people received good care and support and listened to feedback when provided.

Investigations took place into accidents, incidents and any events that could be learnt from. Learning was shared with the team and improvements were made when required.

The outcomes for people using the service reflected the principles and values of Registering the Right Support by promoting choice and control, independence and inclusion. People's support focused on them having as many opportunities as possible for them to gain new skills and become more independent.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at

Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was Good (published 6 July 2017).

Why we inspected

This was a planned inspection based on the previous rating.

Follow up

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service until we return to vi

Inspection areas



Updated 3 December 2019

The service was safe.

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Updated 3 December 2019

The service was effective.

Details are in our effective findings below.



Updated 3 December 2019

The service was caring.

Details are in our caring findings below.



Updated 3 December 2019

The service was responsive.

Details are in our responsive findings below.



Updated 3 December 2019

The service was well-led.

Details are in our well-led findings below.