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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8 September 2013
Date of Publication: 26 September 2013
Inspection Report published 26 September 2013 PDF

Before people are given any examination, care, treatment or support, they should be asked if they agree to it (outcome 2)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Where they are able, give valid consent to the examination, care, treatment and support they receive.
  • Understand and know how to change any decisions about examination, care, treatment and support that has been previously agreed.
  • Can be confident that their human rights are respected and taken into account.

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 8 September 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

Our judgement

Before people received any care or treatment they were asked for their consent and the provider acted in accordance with their wishes.

Reasons for our judgement

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 protects people who lack capacity to make a decision for themselves because of permanent or temporary condition such as mental illness, brain injury or other cognitive impairment. If a person lacks the capacity to make a decision for themselves, staff can make a decision in their best interests. Where a person lacked capacity with day to day decisions, records would be completed by the registered manager to give staff guidance on how to support that person.

The provider had systems in place to gain and review consent from the people living at the home. All of the people living at the home were able (with support) to make decisions about their day to day activities and choices. Staff told us people living at the home at the time of our visit were not subject to any legal restrictions that were in their own best interest.

In order to establish what arrangements the provider had in place for obtaining consent, we looked at two care records. We looked at the information contained within the care plan. For two of the people whose files we looked at, we saw references within the care plan were made whether the mental capacity of people had been considered. The information recorded within the care plans evidenced that people who used the service had been consulted, involved or had consented to the care that was provided for them. We noted that care plans had been signed by people which demonstrated that people had agreed to the care plan in place for the delivery of their care.

We saw information sharing sheets had been completed with people. This recorded that people had made an informed decision about what personal and medical information about them could be shared with other people and medical professionals.