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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 10 August 2018

The inspection took place on 24 June 2018 and was unannounced. Ellenborough Court is registered to provide accommodation without nursing for up to five adults with a learning disability, mental health or who may experience autism. At the time of the inspection five people were living at the home in individual self-contained flats.

The care service has 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.

At the last inspection, the service was rated Good. At this inspection we found the service remained Good overall. Why the service is rated Good:

There was a registered manager in post. 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.

The service consistently conducted sufficient checks to ensure prospective staff were safe to work with vulnerable people. The service had effective recruitment procedures in place and conducted background checks of all prospective staff. References were obtained and criminal background checks were recorded ensuring staff were suitable for their roles.

People remained safe living in the service. There were sufficient staff to meet people's needs and staff had time to spend with people.

Risk assessments were carried out and promoted positive risk taking which enabled people to live their lives as they chose.

People received their medicines safely.

People continued to receive effective care from staff who had the skills and knowledge to support them and meet their needs.

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

People were supported to access health professionals when needed and staff worked closely with health and social care professionals to ensure their health and well-being was monitored.

People's nutritional needs were met.

The service continued to provide support in a caring way. Staff supported people with kindness and compassion. Staff respected people as individuals and treated them with dignity.

People were involved in decisions about their care needs and the support they required to meet those needs. People had access to information about their care and staff supported people in their preferred method of communication.

Staff also provided people with emotional support. The service continued to be responsive to people's needs and ensured people were supported in a personalised way. People's changing needs were responded to promptly and their views were sought and acted upon.

The service was well led by a registered manager who promoted a service that put people at the forefront of all the service did. There was a positive culture that valued people and staff and promoted a caring ethos.

The service had strong links with the local community.

The registered manager monitored the quality of the service and strived for continuous improvement. There was a very clear vision to deliver high quality care and support and promote a positive culture that was person-centred, open and inclusive. This achieved positive outcomes for people and contributed to their quality of life.

The registered manager was effectively supported by the providers’ senior management team.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 10 August 2018

The service remains good

Effective

Good

Updated 10 August 2018

The service remains good

Caring

Good

Updated 10 August 2018

The service remains good

Responsive

Good

Updated 10 August 2018

The service remains good

Well-led

Good

Updated 10 August 2018

The service remains good