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Offices 301 & 305 Franciscan House, 51 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1UR (01473) 604464

Provided and run by:
Mr William Andrew Peall

All Inspections

6 July 2023

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about Frantec on 6 July 2023. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.

This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.

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20 November 2018

During a routine inspection

Frantec is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to people living in their own homes. It provides a service to adults. At the time of this announced inspection of 20 November 2018 there were 47 people who used the service. People received a live-in service where care workers stayed with people for a period of time. We gave the service 24 hours’ notice of our inspection to make sure that someone was available.

At our last inspection of 29 February 2016, the service was rated good overall. The evidence continued to support the rating of good and there was no evidence or information from our inspection and ongoing monitoring that demonstrated serious risks or concerns. This inspection report is written in a shorter format because our overall rating of the service has not changed since our last inspection.

The service was introducing new systems into the service to improve people’s experiences. Some of these were still in the development stage and we could not assess the impact they would have on people. We found that people were provided with an exceptionally caring service. People had positive relationships with their care workers. The care and support provided to people demonstrated to them that they mattered and were cared for. People’s dignity, privacy and independence were respected and promoted. People’s views were listened to and valued and the systems in place demonstrated that people’s views and experiences were valued.

The service continued to provide people with a safe service. Risks to people continued to be managed, including risks from abuse and in their daily lives. There were enough care workers to cover people’s planned care visits. Recruitment of care workers was done safely. Where people required support with their medicines, this was done safely. The risks of cross infection were minimised.

The service continued to provide people with an effective service. People were supported by care workers who were trained and supported to meet their needs. People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and care workers cared for them in the least restrictive way possible; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice. Systems were in place to support people with their dietary needs, if required. People were supported to have access to health professionals where needed. The service worked with other organisations involved in people’s care to provide a consistent service.

The service continued to provide people with a responsive service. People received care and support which was assessed, planned and delivered to meet their individual needs. There were systems in place to support and care for people at the end of their lives, where required. A complaints procedure was in place.

People continued to receive a service which was well-led. The governance systems assisted the management team to assess and monitor the service provided to people. The service had a quality assurance system and shortfalls were identified and addressed. As a result, the quality of the service continued to improve.

Further information is in the detailed findings below.

29 February 2016

During a routine inspection

Frantec provides personal care support to people living in their own homes on a live-in basis. When we inspected on 29 February 2016 there were 54 people using the service. This was an announced inspection. The provider was given 48 hours’ notice because the location provides a domiciliary care service and we needed to know that someone would be available.

There were procedures and processes in place to ensure the safety of the people who used the service. Care workers were provided with training and guidance in how to keep people safe and what they should do if they were concerned that a person was at risk or was being abused.

There were sufficient numbers of care workers who were trained and supported to meet the needs of the people who used the service. Systems for recruiting care workers and checking that they were suitable to work in the service were intended to ensure people’s safety.

The provider had systems in place to provide medicines safely to people who required assistance.

Where people required assistance with their dietary needs there were systems in place to provide this support safely. Where care workers had identified concerns in people’s wellbeing action was taken to make sure received appropriate care and treatment.

People told us that they had good relationships with the care workers that supported them.

People and their representatives, where appropriate, were involved in making decisions about their care and support. People received care and support which was planned and delivered to meet their specific needs. People’s consent was sought before they were provided with care and support. The service was up to date with the Mental Capacity Act 2015.

A complaints procedure was in place. People’s concerns and complaints were listened to, addressed and used to improve the service.

The service had an open and empowering culture. There was good leadership in the service. Care workers understood their roles and responsibilities in providing safe and good quality care to the people who used the service. The service took swift action to address identified shortfalls and as a result the quality of the service continued to improve.

18 November 2013

During a routine inspection

We spoke with six people who used the service who told us that they were happy with the service they received. One person said, 'I am completely happy." Another person said, 'They do what I want and how I want it doing." Another said, "I give (care worker) 10 out of 10, (care worker) really looks after me." We also received an e-mail from one person who used the service who said, "I find their service very good."

We spoke with two people's relatives who told us that the care and support provided to their relatives met their needs. One person's relative said about the care their relative was provided with, "They actually care," and, "My (person) really matters, they are amazing."

We looked at the care records of five people who used the service and found that people experienced care, treatment and support that met their needs and protected their rights. Before people received any care or treatment they were asked for their consent. We saw that the provider worked in co-operation with other professionals involved in people's care.

People were protected against the risks associated with medicines because the provider had appropriate arrangements in place to manage medicines.

The provider had an effective system to regularly assess and monitor the quality of the service. We looked at the personnel records of five care workers and spoke with three care workers. We found that they were trained and supported to meet the needs of the people who used the service.

20, 25 July 2012

During a themed inspection looking at Domiciliary Care Services

As part of our inspection we visited the agency and spoke with the management team at the office and also with care workers. We spoke with four people who used the service. We visited three people in their own homes and spoke with them and their relatives about their experiences of the care and support they received from the agency. We also spoke with one person who used the service over the telephone.

Everyone we spoke with was complimentary about the service. One person told us 'I am happy with the care and the carers that come and help me; they are very good and although I have my favourites I get on with everybody. They are very professional and we work together'. Another person told us 'They (care workers) are trustworthy, reliable, competent and never let me down.'

Everyone we spoke with told us they had a regular team of care workers that were attentive and understood their needs. One person told us 'I know the people that are coming and we are getting to know one another pretty well. They support me to be independent.'

People we spoke with told us they were fully consulted about their care plans and had been asked for their views about the service they received. They all said their privacy and dignity were respected and they felt safe with their care workers.

We asked people if they were not happy about their care or treatment what they would do and people told us they would speak to their care workers or contact the office and were confident that the matter would be dealt with to their satisfaction.