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The Grove Care Centre

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14 Church Road, Skellingthorpe, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN6 5UW (01522) 500710

Provided and run by:
St Philips Care Limited

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Background to this inspection

Updated 24 July 2018

We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection was planned to check whether the provider is meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Health and Social Care Act 2008, to look at the overall quality of the service, and to provide a rating for the service under the Care Act 2014.

We inspected the service on 31 May 2018 and the inspection was unannounced. The inspection team consisted of one inspector and an assistant inspector.

Prior to our inspection we reviewed information we held about the service. This included information received and statutory notifications. A notification is information about important events which the provider is required to send us by law. We sought feedback from health and social care professionals who have been involved with the service, and commissioners who fund the care for some people who use the service.

We used information the provider sent us in the Provider Information Return. This is information we require providers to send us at least once annually to give some key information about the service, what the service does well and improvements they plan to make.

During the visit, we spoke with eight people who used the service, six relatives, four care workers, the kitchen assistant, a laundry assistant, the deputy manager and the registered manager. We looked at all or parts of the care records of eight people who used the service, medicines records, staff recruitment and training records, as well as a range of records relating to the running of the service including maintenance records and quality audits carried out by staff at the service.

Overall inspection


Updated 24 July 2018

This inspection took place on 31 May 2018 and was unannounced. The Grove Care Centre is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing or personal care as single package under one contractual agreement. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection. The Grove Care Centre is registered for 31 people in one adapted building. On the day of our inspection, 28 people were living at the service and one person was in hospital.

There was a registered manager in post who was available throughout the inspection. 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.

People living at the service were protected from harm as the provider had robust processes in place to ensure their safety. Staff supporting people were aware of their responsibilities in relation to protecting people from abuse. They had received appropriate training to support their understanding of any safeguarding issues. The registered manager reported any issues of concern to both the CQC and the local safeguarding teams and worked in an open and transparent manner. There were clear processes in place to ensure lessons were learnt following any incidents or events.

The risks to people’s safety were clearly identified with measures in place to reduce these risks. The environment and essential equipment were well maintained

People were supported by well-trained and competent staff in sufficient numbers to keep them safe. Their medicines were managed safely and people were protected from the risk of infection through good hygiene practices and staff knowledge of reducing the risks of cross infection.

People’s needs were assessed using effective evidenced based assessment tools. these were then used to provide clear guidance for staff to assist them gain a good understanding of an individual’s needs and offer the most effective support to people. Staff were supported with appropriate training for their roles.

People were supported to maintain a healthy diet, with staff showing good knowledge of people’s nutritional and health needs. They received support to manage their health needs through well-developed links with local health professionals. The environment people lived in was a well maintained safe environment which met their needs.

Staff sought consent from people before caring for them and they understood and followed the principles of the Mental Capacity Act, 2005 (MCA). 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 at the service, and relatives were treated with kindness and care by staff who supported people with respect and dignity, and developed positive relationships with people in their care.

People were able to maintain relationships with people who were important to them and relatives felt their views and opinions about their loved one’s care were listened to.

The care people received was person centred and met their individual needs, they were supported to take part in a range of social activities to prevent isolation. People’s wishes in relation to their end of life care were discussed with them so their wishes were known. There was a complaints procedure in place and people knew who to complain to should they have any issues.

The service was well led, the registered manager was visible and supportive towards people, their relatives and the staff who worked at the service. The quality assurance systems in place were used effectively to monitor performance and quality of care. The registered manager responded positively to changes and used information to improve the service and care people received.