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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 30 April 2019

About the service:

Darwin Place is a residential care home which accommodates a maximum of seven people who have a learning disability or autistic spectrum disorders. Accommodation is set up across four separate units, each of which has separate adapted facilities. At the time of our inspection five people were using the service.

People’s experience of using this service:

•People and their relatives were positive about the care and support they received. One person said, “The staff are really great. I am very happy here.” A relative said, “All the staff are brilliant. I couldn’t be happier and really can’t think of anything they could do better.”

•Risks to people were monitored and procedures were in place to help keep people safe.

•There were safe systems for the management and administration of people’s prescribed medicines.

•People were supported by adequate numbers of staff who were safe and competent to work with them.

•People were protected from the risks associated with the control and spread of infection.

•Staff understood the importance of ensuring people’s rights were understood and protected.

•People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.

•People’s health care and nutritional needs were monitored and understood by staff.

•People told us staff understood their needs and were kind, caring and compassionate.

•People had opportunities for social stimulation and were able to maintain links with the local community.

•The registered manager and provider followed effective procedures to monitor and improve the quality of the service provided.

Rating at last inspection: At our last inspection in February 2018 (report published 3 April 2018) the service was rated requires improvement.

Why we inspected: This was a scheduled inspection based on the previous rating.

Follow up: We will continue to monitor intelligence we receive about the service until we return to

visit as per our re-inspection programme. If any concerning information is received we may inspect sooner.

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

Inspection areas



Updated 30 April 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.



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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.



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The service was well-led

Details are in our Well-Led findings below.