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The Grange

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

69 Southend Road, Wickford, Essex, SS11 8DX (01268) 766466

Provided and run by:
Runwood Homes Limited

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Background to this inspection

Updated 12 May 2022

The inspection

We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (the Act) as part of our regulatory functions. We checked whether the provider was meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Act. We looked at the overall quality of the service and provided a rating for the service under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

We also checked whether the provider had met the requirements of the Warning Notices in relation to Regulation 12 [Safe care and treatment] and Regulation 17 [Good governance] of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.

As part of this inspection we looked at the infection control and prevention measures in place. This was conducted so we can understand the preparedness of the service in preventing or managing an infection outbreak, and to identify good practice we can share with other services.

Inspection team

The inspection was completed by two inspectors. An Expert by Experience undertook telephone calls to people’s relatives. An Expert by Experience is a person who has personal experience of using or caring for someone who uses this type of care service.

Service and service type

The Grange is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing and/or personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement dependent on their registration with us. The Grange is a care home without nursing care. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

Registered Manager

This service is required to have a registered manager. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. This means that they and the provider are legally responsible for how the service is run and for the quality and safety of the care provided.

At the time of our inspection there was not a registered manager in post. However, the manager had submitted an application to be registered with the Care Quality Commission.

Notice of inspection

This inspection was unannounced.

What we did before the inspection

We reviewed information we had received about the service since the last inspection. We sought feedback from the Local Authority who work with the service. We used the information the provider sent us in the provider information return [PIR]. This is information providers are required to send us annually with key information about their service, what they do well, and improvements they plan to make. We used all this information to plan our inspection.

During the inspection

We spoke with four people who used the service and one relative about their experience of the care provided. We spoke with five members of staff, the staff member responsible for facilitating social activities and the member of staff responsible for maintenance. We also spoke with the manager and deputy manager. We reviewed seven people’s care files and three staff personnel files. We looked at the provider’s arrangements for managing risk and medicines management, staff training data, complaint and compliment records.

We used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us.

After the inspection

We continued to seek clarification from the manager to validate evidence found. We looked at the service’s quality assurance arrangements and the Expert by Experience spoke with nine people’s relatives about their experience of the care provided for their family member.

Overall inspection


Updated 12 May 2022

About the service

The Grange is a residential care home providing accommodation and personal care for up to 43 people. The service provides support to older people, including people who are living with dementia in one adapted building. The service is unitised, including Lily, Camelia, Poppy and Daisy units. At the time of our inspection there were 34 people using the service.

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

Suitable arrangements were in place to protect people from abuse and avoidable harm. Staff understood how to raise concerns and knew what to do to safeguard people. Risks to people’s safety and wellbeing were assessed and recorded. Recruitment practices at the service were safe. Suitable arrangements were in place to ensure people received their medication. People were protected by the prevention and control of infection. Lessons were being learned and improvements made when things went wrong.

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 told us the service was consistently managed and well-led. Quality assurance arrangements enabled the provider to monitor the quality of the service provided.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at www.cqc.org.uk

Rating at last inspection and update

The last rating for this service was inadequate [published 28 October 2021]

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.

This service has been in Special Measures since 27 October 2021. During this inspection the provider demonstrated that improvements have been made. The service is no longer rated as inadequate overall or in any of the key questions. Therefore, this service is no longer in Special Measures.

Why we inspected

We carried out an unannounced comprehensive inspection of this service on 24 August 2021. Breaches of legal requirements were found relating to Regulations 12 [Safe care and treatment], Regulation 17 [Good governance] and Regulation 18 [Staffing]. The provider completed an action plan after the last inspection to show what they would do and by when to improve.

We undertook this focused inspection to check they had followed their action plan and to confirm they now met legal requirements. We also checked if the Warning Notices we previously served on 17 September 2021, in relation to Regulation 12 [Safe care and treatment] and Regulation 17 [Good governance] had been met. This report only covers our findings in relation to the Key Questions of Safe and Well-led which contain those requirements.

For those key questions not inspected, we used the ratings awarded at the last inspection to calculate the overall rating. The overall rating for the service has changed from Inadequate to Good. This is based on the findings at this inspection.

We looked at infection prevention and control measures under the Safe key question. We look at this in all care home inspections even if no concerns or risks have been identified. This is to provide assurance that the service can respond to COVID-19 and other infection outbreaks effectively.

You can read the report from our last comprehensive inspection, by selecting the ‘all reports’ link for The Grange on our website at www.cqc.org.uk.

Follow up

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service, which will help inform when we next inspect.