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Karva Care Services Limited Requires improvement

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating

Requires improvement

Updated 27 November 2019

About the service

Karva Care Services Limited is a domiciliary care agency providing personal care to 10 people at the time of the inspection. Not everyone who used the service received personal care. CQC only inspects where people receive personal care. This is help with tasks related to personal hygiene and eating. Where they do we also consider any wider social care provided.

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

People told us they felt safe and were supported by staff who understood the risks associated with their care. Care plans and risk assessments were not in place for all of people’s known risks. Where care needs had changed care plans and risk assessments had not always been updated to reflect people’s most current needs. This placed people at risk of receiving unsafe care. People were supported by staff who understood the appropriate action to take should they be concerned about people’s safety.

People received effective care. 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. However, the policies and systems in the service did not always support this practice. People were supported to receive appropriate healthcare in line with their specific needs. Staff had received training in line with people’s needs. Not all the people using the service required support with eating and drinking but where they did there was some guidance in people’s care plans.

People received support that was caring and kind. People and their relatives, where appropriate, were involved in their care. People had their dignity and privacy respected and their independence promoted.

People did not always receive care that was responsive to their needs. Whilst people and their relatives had been involved in developing their care plans and reviewing them as and when their needs changed, we found that care records had not been kept up to date. People were able to raise concerns and complaints and be assured these would be investigated.

The service was not consistently well-led. Governance systems to monitor the quality and safety of the service were either not in place or not robust. People were able to feedback their views of the service. The registered manager acted openly and responsively during the inspection ensuring they took immediate action to improve any areas of improvement we identified.

Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was Good (published 05 January 2017).

Why we inspected

This was a planned inspection based on the previous rating.


We have identified a breach in relation to a lack of robust systems to monitor the quality and safety of the service, Good Governance. The provider took action following the inspection to address the issues identified at the inspection. Please see the action we have told the provider to take at the end of this report.

We will request an action plan for the provider to understand what they will do to improve the standards of quality and safety. We will work alongside the provider and local authority to monitor progress. We will return to visit as per our re-inspection programme. If we receive any concerning information we may inspect sooner.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at

Inspection areas


Requires improvement

Updated 27 November 2019

The service was not always safe.

Details are in our safe findings below.



Updated 27 November 2019

The service was effective.

Details are in our effective findings below.



Updated 27 November 2019

The service was caring.

Details are in our caring findings below.


Requires improvement

Updated 27 November 2019

The service was not always responsive.

Details are in our responsive findings below.


Requires improvement

Updated 27 November 2019

The service was not always well-led.

Details are in our well-led findings below.