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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 5 February 2020

About the service

Brownrigg is a care home providing accommodation and personal care for up to six people who are autistic or have a learning disability or mental health need. At the time of our inspection there were six people living at the service.

The service has been developed and designed in line with the principles and values that underpin Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. This ensures that people who use the service can live as full a life as possible and achieve the best possible outcomes. The principles reflect the need for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live meaningful lives that include control, choice, and independence. People using the service receive planned and co-ordinated person-centred support that is appropriate and inclusive for them.

People’s experience of using this service and what we found

People told us they enjoyed living at the service.

There were enough staff to keep people safe. Risks relating to people's care and support were assessed and mitigated and people were supported to be as independent as possible. Regular fire drills were held so people knew how to evacuate the service in an emergency. Staff were recruited safely.

People told us that staff were kind and caring. Staff treated people with respect and dignity.

People led active lives and we were shown pictures of the things they enjoyed doing, such as travelling on the bus to the seaside, visiting places in the local community and taking part in sponsored walks.

People were encouraged to access the kitchen whenever they wanted and were able to prepare their own drinks whenever they wished. They were supported to eat and drink safely.

Staff made prompt referrals to healthcare professionals when they needed additional support and advice. People told us they saw a doctor when they were unwell and received their medicines when they needed them.

Staff knew how to recognise and respond to abuse and the registered manager had reported any safeguarding concerns to the local authority.

Small concerns raised by people were documented as complaints and responded to appropriately. People told us they were happy with the support provided.

Staff received appropriate training and were supported by the registered manager to carry out their roles effectively. The registered manager completed a range of checks on the service, including care plan reviews.

The outcomes for people using the service reflected the principles and values of Registering the Right Support by promoting choice and control, independence and inclusion. People's support focused on them having as many opportunities as possible for them to gain new skills and become more independent.

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.

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

Rating at last inspection:

The last rating for this service was good (published 8 June 2017).

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 areas



Updated 5 February 2020

The service was safe.

Details are in our safe findings below.



Updated 5 February 2020

The service was effective.

Details are in our effective findings below.



Updated 5 February 2020

The service was caring.

Details are in our caring findings below.



Updated 5 February 2020

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.