Updated 3 August 2019
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 Care Act 2014.
The inspection team consisted of two inspectors and an Expert by Experience. An Expert by Experience is a person who has personal experience of using or caring for someone who uses this type of care service.
Service and service type
Middletown Grange nursing home is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing or personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.
The home is purpose built accommodating up to 60 people.
The service had a manager registered with the Care Quality Commission. This means that the registered manager and provider is legally responsible for how the service is run and for the quality and safety of the care provided.
Notice of inspection
This inspection was unannounced.
What we did before the inspection
We reviewed the information we held about the service and the service provider. We looked at notifications received from the provider. A notification is information about important events which the provider is required to tell us about by law. This ensured we were addressing any areas of concern. We reviewed the action plan which the provider had submitted following the last inspection. We received feedback from two social and health care professionals who regularly visited people who received care from the service. We also reviewed the provider’s previous inspection reports. We used all of this information to plan our inspection.
During the inspection
We spoke with six people and two relatives. We looked at four people’s care records and seven medicine administration records (MAR). During the inspection we spent time with people. We looked around the home and observed the way staff interacted with people. We spoke with the senior regional director, the interim manager and six staff which included, nurses, carer staff, kitchen staff and activities coordinator. We reviewed a range of records relating to the management of the home. We looked at three staff files in relation to recruitment and staff supervision. A variety of records relating to the management of the service, including policies and procedures were reviewed.