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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 8 December 2018

The Old Vicarage is a care home which provides care and support for up to 13 adults with learning disabilities. The care service had been developed and designed in line with the values that underpin the Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These values include choice, promotion of independence and inclusion. People with learning disabilities and autism using the service can live as ordinary a life as any citizen.

There was no registered manager in post at the time of the inspection, although the manager had applied to register to ensure the provider met their registration requirements. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

At our last inspection we rated the service Good. At this inspection we found the evidence continued to support the rating of Good and there was no evidence or information from our inspection and ongoing monitoring that demonstrated serious risks or concerns. This inspection report is written in a shorter format because our overall rating of the service has not changed since our last inspection.

People told us they felt safe. Staff understood their responsibilities to keep people safe from harm. Risk assessments were in place and these promoted people’s independence when at the service and when accessing the community. Medicines were managed safely. Incidents and accidents were reported and lessons learned were shared with staff. Safe recruitment practice was followed and there was enough staff on duty to meet people’s needs.

Staff were trained and supported to carry out their roles. People were supported to have enough to eat and drink. 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 using the service said staff were kind and caring and we saw that staff respected their privacy and dignity.

Care and support plans were person centred and detailed people’s personal goals. Staff knew people well and understood their needs. People confirmed that staff supported them as they wanted. Complaints were reported, investigated and resolved. Feedback from people and their relatives was sought.

There were robust quality assurance processes in place. Staff spoke highly of the manager. The provider’s values were embedded in the day to day support of people.

Further information is in the detailed findings below.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 8 December 2018

The service remains Safe.

Effective

Good

Updated 8 December 2018

The service remains Effective.

Caring

Good

Updated 8 December 2018

The service remains Caring.

Responsive

Good

Updated 8 December 2018

The service remains Responsive.

Well-led

Good

Updated 8 December 2018

The service remains Well-led.