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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 9 July 2013
Date of Publication: 31 July 2013
Inspection Report published 31 July 2013 PDF

People should be cared for by staff who are properly qualified and able to do their job (outcome 12)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are safe and their health and welfare needs are met by staff who are fit, appropriately qualified and are physically and mentally able to do their job.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 9 July 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members, talked with staff and talked with commissioners of services.

Our judgement

People were cared for, or supported by, suitably qualified, skilled and experienced staff.

Reasons for our judgement

People using the service were supported by staff who were suitable for this work.

During this inspection we reviewed the recruitment records for three staff who worked at

Kimbolton Lodge. The personal files were well organised and securely stored. The information they contained provided a clear audit trail of the recruitment processes followed prior to staff appointments being made.

We saw all the necessary documents such as completed application, completed interview questions and rating records. The files we reviewed each had two references, evidence of Disclosure and Barring(DBS) checks, previously known and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks. We also saw evidence that the manager had checked nurses were registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and kept their registration current.

The provider may find it useful to note that in one file the reason for a three month gap in a person’s employment history had not been documented. The registered manager told us she had spoken to the person about the gap and was satisfied with the response, but we ensure any conversations were documented in future.

We spoke with staff that confirmed the recruitment practices were robust. They told us they were not offered work until all the checks had been undertaken and returned.