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Michael Batt Foundation - 13 Longmeadow Road Requires improvement

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating

Requires improvement

Updated 5 December 2019

About the service

13, Longmeadow Road is a residential care home providing personal care to one person with a learning disability and/ or Autistic spectrum needs. The service is provided in one adapted building.

The service operated 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.

The service was a domestic style property. There were deliberately no identifying signs, intercom, cameras, industrial bins or anything else outside to indicate it was a care home. Staff were also discouraged from wearing anything that suggested they were care staff when coming and going with people.

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

We had concerns about the provider not ensuring some health and safety precautions were being taken. For example in respect of fire precautions in place and testing of portable electrical appliances. There also were not any control measures in place to prevent the risk of legionella. However once issues about legionella and portable electrical appliances were highlighted, the registered persons agreed to get these checks done. A visit from the fire officer was arranged and has made recommendations. Otherwise appropriate risk assessment procedures were in place so any risks to people, staff or visitors were minimised.

The service had some systems to monitor service delivery and bring about improvement when necessary. However we had some concerns about health and safety precautions in place, and before our visit the provider had not taken suitable action to minimise these risks.

The service had suitable safeguarding systems in place, and staff had received training about recognising abuse.

Staff were recruited appropriately. Staffing levels were satisfactory, and people received timely support from staff when this was required.

The medicines system was well organised and staff received suitable training. People received their medicines on time.

The building was clean, and there were appropriate procedures to ensure any infection control risks were minimised.

The service had suitable assessment and care planning systems to assist in ensuring people received effective and responsive care.

Staff received induction, training and supervision to assist them to carry out their work.

People received enough to eat and drink. People were involved in food shopping and cooking for the household.

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 received support from external health professionals and were encouraged to live healthier lives.

People said they received support from staff which was caring and respectful. Care promoted people’s dignity and independence. People were involved in decisions about their care.

People had the opportunity to participate in activities and to spend time with the wider community.

People felt confident raising any concerns or complaints. Records showed these had been responded to appropriately.

The service was managed effectively. People and staff had confidence in the registered manager.

The manager was able to demonstrate the service learned from mistakes to minimise them happening again.

The team worked well together and had the shared goal of providing a good service to people who lived at the home.

The service worked well with external professionals, and other organisations to provide good qual

Inspection areas


Requires improvement

Updated 5 December 2019

The service was not entirely safe.

Details are in our safe findings below.



Updated 5 December 2019

The service was effective.

Details are in our effective findings below.



Updated 5 December 2019

The service was caring.

Details are in our caring findings below.



Updated 5 December 2019

The service was responsive.

Details are in our responsive findings below.


Requires improvement

Updated 5 December 2019

The service was not entirely well-led.

Details are in our well-Led findings below.