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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 22 May 2019

About the service:

Oxford Private Care is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to people living in their own homes in Oxford and the surrounding areas. It also provides a live-in service for people with more complex needs. The service was providing personal care to 139 people.

People’s experience of using this service:

The provider demonstrated they had made significant improvements since our last inspection. We found the service had improved and met the characteristics of an Outstanding service in well-led domain and a Good service in safe, effective, caring and responsive.

The service was very well-led which resulted in provision of outstanding care. The service had a clear management and staffing structure in place. Office staff and care staff worked well as a team. Staff aimed to provide a high quality of service and they had a sense of pride working at the service.

The service had a track record of being an excellent role model for other services. The provider worked in partnership with other health and social care bodies to build seamless experiences for people based on good practice and people’s informed preferences. It was clear other providers recognised the contribution the provider made to the health sector in ensuring people received high quality care. The management team and staff strove for excellence through consultation, research and reflective practice. The provider was actively involved in several coproduction projects aimed at improving people’s quality of care.

The leadership, governance and culture drove high-quality, person-centre care. The provider had effective systems in place to monitor the quality and safety of the service that included the use of technology. Where the provider identified an area for improvement prompt action was taken to address it. Actions from the audits were used to further develop the service. The provider monitored service delivery on ongoing basis and effectively used feedback from people, relatives and staff to improve the systems, practices and people's experiences.

The provider had an excellent workplace culture for staff. Staff were highly valued by the provider and management team. Staff contributions were highly appreciated and celebrated. Staff told us they were proud to work at the service and called it a family business. Staff told us they felt part of the family and spoke very highly about the support they received and how they were encouraged to be fully involved in the development of the service.

We received positive feedback from all people and relatives. The feedback reflected staff were very kind, caring and committed. People complimented the continuity of care provided by regular staff which contributed to building of meaningful relationships. Staff exceeded in recognising what was important to people and ensured individually tailored approach that met people's personal needs, wishes and preferences was delivered. There was evidence the staff often went 'the extra mile' to meet people's needs.

People were supported by caring staff that knew them well and understood how to maximise their potential. People were supported to maintain relationships with their families and friends and the value of relationships was central to the success of the service. People's independence was promoted and they received support to achieve their goals and reduce social isolation.

Oxford Private Care ensured people received safe care from skilled and knowledgeable staff. People told us they felt safe receiving care from the service. Staff understood their responsibilities to identify and report any concerns. The provider had safe recruitment and selection processes in place.

Risks to people's safety and well-being were managed through a risk management process. There were sufficient staff deployed to meet people's needs. Medicines were managed safely and people received their medicines as prescribed.

People were supported to have choice and control of

Inspection areas



Updated 22 May 2019

The service was safe

Details are in our Safe findings below.



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The service was effective

Details are in our Effective findings below



Updated 22 May 2019

The service was caring

Details are in our Caring findings below.



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The service was responsive

Details are in our Responsive findings below.



Updated 22 May 2019

The service was exceptionally well-led

Details are in our Well-Led findings below.