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 and to pilot a new inspection process being introduced by CQC which looks at the overall quality of the service. At our last inspection on 14 January 2014, there were no concerns. This was an announced inspection.
Creative Support-West Berkshire Service is a supported living service. It provides people with a learning disability support with personal care. People live in different types of accommodation varying from flats to shared houses. The service provides support to people across a wide geographical area in Berkshire. At the time of our inspection, 34 people were being supported with personal care.
A registered manager was employed by this service. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service and has the legal responsibility for meeting the requirements of the law; as does the provider.
People and those important to them told us they were safe. Staff knew how to keep people safe from abuse and knew what do if they thought a person was a risk. Staff had a good working knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and knew what to do to make sure they had considered people’s capacity and to act in their best interests.
Risk to people’s safety were assessed and managed well. People were supported to be as independent as possible while remaining safe. Although there were enough staff to keep people safe, some people told us there were occasional difficulties communicating with agency staff who did not always know people well. The provider was currently undertaking a recruitment drive to ensure more permanent staff were employed. Recruitment practices were safe and robust and people who use the service were involved in the recruitment process.
Care workers were well supported by managers and had regular training and supervision to enable them to meet the needs of people who use the service. People were helped to have enough to eat and drink and staff supported people to maintain a healthy diet, as well as with shopping and cooking. People were supported to remain healthy, and appropriate referrals were made to health care professionals when needed.
People told us staff were caring. They gave us positive feedback about the care provided by staff. Staff spoke to people who use the service in caring and respectful way. People were involved in making decisions about their care and care plans were person centred.
People were involved in regular reviews of their care needs. Staff knew how to identify changes to people’s care needs and the appropriate action they should take. The provider regularly sought feedback from people who use the service, relatives, staff and others, and acted on it. They had a robust complaints procedure in place, which people were aware of and knew how to use.
The service was well led. People and their relatives said managers were friendly and approachable. Staff were well motivated and gave positive feedback about working for the provider. The registered manager and provider had a strong emphasis on improving the quality of service. There was a robust incident and accident monitoring system in place. The registered manager led by example and promoted an open culture among staff.