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St Francis Residential Care Home Good


Review carried out on 8 July 2021

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about St Francis Residential Care Home on 8 July 2021. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.

This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.

If you have concerns about St Francis Residential Care Home, you can give feedback on this service.

Inspection carried out on 16 February 2021

During an inspection looking at part of the service

St Francis Residential Care Home is a residential care home that provides accommodation and personal care support to up to 39 people aged 65 and over. At the time of this inspection, 35 people were using the service.

We found the following examples of good practice.

• The provider followed safe infection prevention and control practices and procedures to ensure people, staff and visitors’ safety and that they were protected from the risk of infection.

• The service had systems in place to check staff and visitors’ temperatures and they provided them with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), before they were allowed into the care home.

• The provider had implemented suitable visiting arrangements to ensure people could receive visits safely. Relatives visiting people accessed the safe pod with a glass screen and speaker system specifically built for them to interact with people safely. The access to this pod was outside the care home which helped to reduce the risk of spread of infection. Where relatives were unable to visit people, staff supported them to stay in touch with people via video calls.

• People, staff and visitors were supported to follow the government’s guidance on wearing PPE and social distancing.

• The premises were cleaned and disinfected frequently to help prevent the spread of infection. Hygiene stations were installed throughout the service that were adequately stocked with hand sanitisers and PPE.

• The provider followed the government’s guidance on carrying out COVID-19 testing and made suitable arrangements to test people, staff and visitors.

• All staff received sufficient training and support to prevent and control the spread of infection. Staff only worked on assigned floors thereby minimising the risk of cross infection. Staff wellbeing was supported if they became unwell and when they returned to work.

• The registered manager was well supported by the provider and their clinical lead. They also sought support and advice from external agencies including the Clinical Commissioning Group, the local authority, Public Health England, District and Palliative nurses, and local health teams to help keep people and staff safe.

Inspection carried out on 2 December 2019

During a routine inspection

About the service

St Francis Residential Care Home is a residential care home providing personal care to 32 people aged 65 and over at the time of the inspection. The service can support up to 39 people living with dementia.

People’s experience of using this service

We made a recommendation about adapting the décor of the building to meet people’s needs.

Staff were supported in their role with training, supervision and appraisals. People’s care needs were assessed before they began to use the service. Staff supported people with their nutritional, hydration and healthcare needs.

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

People using the service had risk assessments carried out to protect them from the risks of avoidable harm. Staff were knowledgeable about safeguarding and whistleblowing procedures. Medicines were managed safely and people were protected from the risks associated with the spread of infection. The provider had a system to record accidents and incidents.

People and relatives told us staff were caring. Staff demonstrated they knew people and their care needs well. The provider and staff understood how to provide a fair and equal service. People and relatives were involved in making decisions about the care provided. People were encouraged to make choices. Staff understood how to maintain people’s privacy, dignity and independence.

Care plans were detailed and personalised. Staff understood how to provide person-centred care. The provider understood how to meet people’s communication needs. People and relatives knew how to make a complaint. Complaints were dealt with appropriately. People had end of life care plans so staff would know how to provide end of life care in line with their wishes.

People, relatives and staff spoke positively about the leadership in the service. The provider carried out various quality checks to identify areas for improvement. People, relatives and staff had regular meetings to be updated on service development. The provider had a system in place to capture feedback from people, relatives and visiting professionals.

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

Rating at last inspection and update

The last rating for this service was requires improvement (published 01 January 2019) and there were two breaches of the regulation. The provider completed an action plan after the last inspection to show what they would do and by when to improve. At this inspection we found improvements had been made and the provider was no longer in breach of regulations.

Why we inspected

This was a planned inspection based on the previous rating.

Follow up

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service until we return to visit as per our re-inspection programme. If we receive any concerning information we may inspect sooner.

Inspection carried out on 22 October 2018

During a routine inspection

St Francis Residential Care 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.

St Francis Residential Care Home could accommodate up to 29 people who may have dementia in a two storey building. The ground floor had been reconfigured and extended and the provider had applied to increase the bed numbers to 39. At the time of this inspection, there were 27 people using the service.

This inspection took place on 22 and 29 October 2018 and was unannounced. At the last inspection in July 2016, the service was rated as Good. During this inspection, we found two breaches of the regulations and the service is now Requires Improvement. This was the first time the service has been rated Requires Improvement. We found there was not always enough staff to meet people’s needs and the provider’s quality assurance systems did not identify the issues we picked up on at inspection.

The service had a registered manager. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) 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.

Staff were knowledgeable about reporting safeguarding concerns and whistleblowing. People had risk assessments carried out to mitigate the risks of harm they may face. However, the risk assessment for the building and renovations work lacked detail and we identified trip hazards in the newly created garden area. Building safety checks were carried out in line with building safety requirements. Recruitment checks were carried out before new staff began working at the service. There were systems in place to manage medicines safely. People were protected from the risks associated with the spread of infection. The provider used accidents and incidents to make improvements to the service.

People’s needs were assessed before they began to use the service to ensure the right care could be provided. Staff were supported with regular supervisions, annual appraisal and training opportunities to help them to carry out their role effectively. The provider had communication systems in place for staff to be updated on people’s well-being and changes in care needs. People were supported to eat a nutritionally balanced diet and to maintain their health. However, the dining experience for people was not always positive. The provider and staff understood the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act (2005).

People and their relatives were involved in decisions about the care and thought staff were caring. Staff knew people well and understood their care needs. People were supported to maintain their independence and their privacy and dignity was promoted. Staff were knowledgeable about equality and diversity.

Staff understood how to deliver personalised care. Care plans were detailed and contained people’s preferences. However, care plans were not always accurate. People were offered a variety of activities and their communication needs were met. Complaints and compliments were recorded and used to improve the service. The provider had a system to capture people’s end of life care wishes.

Not all people and relatives knew the new registered manager. The provider obtained feedback from people using the service, relatives and health professionals. People had regular meetings to be updated on service development and for improvement suggestions. The provider worked in partnership with other agencies to improve the service provided.

We found the registered provider was not meeting legal requirements and was in breach of two regulations. These were in relation to staffing and good governance.

We have made three

Inspection carried out on 27 June 2016

During a routine inspection

St Francis Residential Care Home provides accommodation and support with care for older people and people living with dementia. It is registered for 29 people and at the time of this inspection there were 27 people using the service. At the last inspection in June 2014 the service was found to be meeting the legal requirements.

There was a registered manager at this service. 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.

We found staff knew how to report concerns or abuse. There were enough staff on duty to meet people’s needs who were employed through safe recruitment processes. Risk assessments were carried out and management plans put in place to enable people to receive safe care. There were effective and up to date systems to check and maintain the safety of the premises. The provider had systems in place to ensure the safe management, storage and administration of medicines.

Staff received support through regular supervisions, appraisals and training opportunities. Appropriate applications for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards had been applied for and authorised and staff knew when they needed to obtain people’s consent. People were offered a varied and nutritious food menu and had access to healthcare professionals as required to meet their day-to-day health needs.

People thought staff were caring and staff knew how to build up positive relationships with the people using the service. Staff ensured people were given choices, their privacy and dignity was respected and their levels of independence were maintained.

Staff knew the people they were supporting including their preferences to ensure a personalised service was provided. A variety of activities were offered which included trips outside the home. The service dealt with complaints in accordance with their policy and timescales.

People, visitors and staff thought the manager was approachable and supportive. The provider held regular meetings for staff and for people and their relatives. People and their representatives were given the opportunity to complete feedback surveys. The provider had quality assurance systems in place to identify areas for improvement.

Inspection carried out on 10 June 2014

During a routine inspection

We considered our inspection findings to answer 5 key questions we always ask:

� Is the service safe?

� Is the service effective?

� Is the service caring?

� Is the service responsive?

� Is the service well-led?

Is the service caring?

The manager told us that family members are invited to attend the residents meetings and any events they hold. This was confirmed when we spoke with staff and family members. Staff were observed to speak to people in a kind and caring way. For example, a staff member was observed to ask one person if they were okay and if they needed help. One person told us �yes we have caring staff, they have a lot of patience.� A family member said �I have nothing but praise for them and I love the way they interact with people.�

Is the service responsive?

People's needs had been assessed before they started to use the service. We saw evidence that plans were put into place before people moved into the home. People's preferences, likes and dislikes had been recorded on support plans. We saw evidence that referrals to other services had been made when needed, for example, to a dietician when a person had diabetes or when a person�s weight had dramatically reduced or increased. Care plans were reviewed regularly and were up to date. Our observations showed that staff responded in a timely manner when people called for assistance.

Is the service effective?

We saw evidence from staff files that staff had received an appropriate induction and training was updated annually. Staff received regular supervision and annual appraisals. We saw evidence from records of 'knowledge checks' in staff supervision notes that staff increased their competency about working with people living with dementia. This showed that people could be confident that they received effective care from staff who have the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out their roles and responsibilities.

Is the service well-led?

Staff and family members told us that the manager had an open door policy and they felt able to approach the manager if they had any concerns or suggestions. There was evidence that the provider visited the home weekly to monitor the service provision. The manager and senior staff observed how the staff worked with people and records showed that issues were raised appropriately during supervision sessions.

Is the service safe?

The provider had systems in place to ensure the service was safe. We saw that the fire alarm system was serviced every three months with the last service taking place on 11 March 2014. We saw that the fire extinguishers and kitchen fire blanket were also checked at that time. Records showed that there was a fire drill every month and these were up-to-date. The manager explained that the four senior staff were fire marshalls and they had the responsibility of completing a report after the fire drill. Records showed that staff had recently completed refresher training in health and safety and safeguarding. There were systems in place to deal with emergencies and staff were able to tell us the actions they would take. For example, one staff member said that she would immediately alert the senior on duty or the manager in the event of an emergency.

Inspection carried out on 18 December 2013

During an inspection in response to concerns

We spoke with twelve people who used the service and observed interactions between staff and people who could not verbally communicate with us effectively. We spoke with relatives and nine staff including the manager. We found that care was not always planned or delivered with the individual person in mind. Culturally specific dietary needs were not always catered for and guidelines for dementia care were not always followed.

Staff told us and we saw evidence that people were visited by other professionals such as GP's district nurses and community psychiatric nurses when required.

Staff knew how to identify different types of abuse. However, we saw some instances such as wake up times and the activities arranged for people that were not always their choice.

There was enough equipment to move people. We saw a cupboard that contained extra manual handling equipment. However one hoist was due to be serviced in October and had not been serviced. Other furnishings in people's rooms needed some repairs.

We found that some of the night staff had very limited English and could not communicate with people properly and therefore could not effectively meet the needs of the people.

Inspection carried out on 25 April 2013

During a routine inspection

People told us that they were happy living at St Francis. One person said, "I am very pleased with care I receive." Another said, "I have no complaints at all. Staff are friendly and polite."

People were offered choice. People chose what activities they wanted to do, where they wanted to sit and what they wanted to eat. We found that people�s likes and dislikes were documented in care plans. Staff had knowledge of these and people we spoke to confirmed that they had been asked about their preferences.

We reviewed five care plans and found them to be individual and up to date. Staff had knowledge of the contents of these care plans and were aware of specific needs of the people they looked after.

We checked six staff files and found that appropriate recruitment checks had been taken before people started to work at St Francis.

We observed care during meal times and medication administration. We found that staff waited until people had finished taking their medication before moving onto the next person. Medication was administered by senior staff who had been trained on how to administer medication safely.

At our last visit we had concerns about the maintenance of equipment, the cleanliness of the bathrooms and the availability of hand wash. We found that bathrooms had been renovated, hand gels were available in bathrooms and that equipment had valid service reports.

Inspection carried out on 25 October 2012

During an inspection in response to concerns

People told us they were looked after by supportive staff. Most relatives were happy with the care at Francis residential care. One relative told us that they were �kept informed always of any change to her care needs.� People and their relatives were involved in planning care. One person said, �I enjoy setting the table.�

We found that staff supported people appropriately and were knowledgeable about the care required by the people who used the service. Although staff had attended safeguarding training recently they did not always remember where they would report any alleged abuse in the absence of the manger or in instances where the manager was implicated in alleged abuse.

People told us they chose what time they got up and what they wanted to wear. Most people said they did not want to go out so most activities were done at the home. People told us they enjoyed birthday celebrations and others had particular chairs and lounges they preferred to sit in.

People were given a varied menu choice and were supported to eat sufficient amounts. Relatives told us that, �there are no complaints about the food.� One person said, �I love porridge, but can request for a cooked breakfast when I fancy a change.�

We found that there was a lack of hand washing soap. We were concerned about the cleanliness of some of the toilets and bathrooms. We were also concerned about that one hoist was overdue for maintenance and there was a rusty bath lift chair and base.

Reports under our old system of regulation (including those from before CQC was created)