• Hospice service

Archived: Sue Ryder - Nettlebed Hospice

Overall: Outstanding read more about inspection ratings

Joyce Grove, Nettlebed, Henley On Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 5DF (01491) 641384

Provided and run by:
Sue Ryder

Important: This service is now registered at a different address - see new profile

All Inspections

2 February 2017

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place on 2 and 7 February 2017 and was unannounced.

Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice provides palliative and end of life care, advice and clinical support to people with progressive, life limiting illnesses and their families. They provide holistic care including counselling and bereavement support for people and their relatives. There are 12 inpatient beds to support people with complex needs associated with their conditions. People access the hospice to support symptom control and pain management. People are supported with end of life care in the inpatient unit if this is their choice. The hospice supports people in their own homes through their community service and day hospice. On the day of our inspection there were 11 people using the inpatient service.

The hospice has a multi-professional team consisting of medical and nursing staff, social worker, spiritual care lead, family support workers and therapists. The hospice is also supported by volunteers.

There was a registered manager in post. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run. On the day of our inspection the registered manager was not available.

Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice is an outstanding service. Its aim is to ensure people are supported with palliative and end of life care that meets the needs of each unique individual in a genuinely compassionate and caring way. The hospice understands that recognising the needs of relatives is vital and does this in a supportive and inclusive manner.

Throughout the inspection there was a calm and reassuring atmosphere. Staff spoke with people and relatives in a respectful manner and intuitively recognised people’s moods and anxieties. All staff were welcoming and caring. Staff spoke with great passion about the work of the hospice and were clearly proud to be part of it.

People and their relatives were overwhelmingly positive about the medical care, support and guidance the staff team at Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice provided.

Without exception people and relatives spoke in an extremely positive manner about the caring nature of staff across the whole staff team. People and relatives were confident in the expertise of the staff and saw them as experts in their knowledge relating to palliative and end of life care.

Staff had access to training and development opportunities that ensured they had the skills and knowledge to support the complex needs of people using the services provided by the hospice. The emotional impact of working in a hospice environment was recognised and staff were offered a range of support to enable them to manage any potential impact. This included one to one support and the opportunity to reflect in a group environment. Staff were positive about the training and support they received.

People and their relatives told us support was individualised. Care was designed and developed with the individual to ensure their needs were met in the way they chose. The hospice went to great lengths to ensure people were able to receive their end of life care in the place of their choice. People and relatives gave examples of staff going the ‘extra-mile’ to ensure people could achieve their preferred place of death.

People were provided with information and advice to ensure they were able to make informed decisions. Where people were assessed as lacking capacity in relation to a specific decision their rights were protected in line with the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005.

Staff across all disciplines worked cohesively to ensure people’s needs and wishes were met. People moved seamlessly between the services provided at the hospice and multi-disciplinary team meetings ensured people’s needs were understood by all teams supporting them.

Bereavement support was individualised for each family member and was provided with empathy and compassion. Relatives spoke of the enormous difference the support had made to them. Relatives were able to access the support for as long as they needed it and many became involved as volunteers or as part of the service user group.

Everyone we spoke with was overwhelmingly positive about the management of the service. Their commitment was seen by all as the driving force behind the outstanding care provided to people and their relatives at Sue Ryder Nettlebed. There was extreme confidence in the management team which was seen as the reason for the outstanding achievements the hospice made for each individual.

The management team were committed to improving palliative and end of life care both locally and nationally. They encouraged staff to participate in local and national forums to share good practice and to inform developments in practice. Staff at every level were positive about the support they received and were extremely confident they were valued and listened to.

Governance of the service was excellent and quality assurance systems were in place that ensured continual monitoring of the service to identify ways to develop and improve the care people received.

05 August 2014

During a routine inspection

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.

This was an unannounced inspection. There was a registered manager in post at the hospice. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service and shares the legal responsibility for meeting the requirements of the law as does the provider.

Sue Ryder - Nettlebed provides accommodation with specialist nursing care for up to 12 people with life limiting conditions. Sue Ryder - Nettlebed also supports people with life limiting conditions in their own homes and provides day therapy services to people in the community. Ten people were staying at the hospice on the day of our visit and 40 people were receiving support from the hospice in the community.

The service had systems in place to ensure people’s medicines were safe; however these were not always effective. There was a risk that people may receive out of date medicines. People’s care records were detailed but were not always clear and concise for staff to follow.

Staff working in the hospice understood the needs of the people and we saw care was provided with kindness and compassion. People had their needs met and their treatment was geared towards symptom and pain control. People, their families and friends told us they were happy with their care.

The hospice was a safe and clean environment for people at the end of their life. People told us they were safe in the hospice and had no concerns. When people or their families raised concerns the registered manager acted to ensure a positive goal was achieved and people’s care needs were met.

People told us the support they received from all staff whilst receiving care in the hospice or in the community was great. People felt communication between hospice staff, other health care professionals and care agencies was effective and enabled their needs to be met.

Staff were appropriately trained and skilled and provided. They understood their roles and responsibilities, as well as the values and philosophy of the hospice. All staff including doctors, nurses, care staff and domestics received the training they needed to provide effective care and keep people safe. We saw all staff appeared knowledgeable and provided people with effective support. People were wholly positive about the support they received from staff.

People felt included and listened to by hospice staff. They told us they were always at the centre of their care and that staff were responsive to their needs. People told us their decisions were respected. People were kept comfortable and were never left in pain.

The registered manager and the provider assessed and monitored the quality of care in a way that promoted safety and quality. The hospice encouraged feedback from people and families, which they used to make improvements to the service. The senior management team and the provider had a clear plan for the improvement of the hospice and for end of life care of people in the community.

27 January 2014

During a routine inspection

People we spoke with were very pleased with the care and support they received from the hospice. They felt staff were exceptionally caring and attentive. They said they were involved in planning their care and felt that services were organised around their individual needs. One person told us "the care here is absolutely wonderful" and another said "nothing's too much for [the staff]." None of the people we spoke with had any concerns or complaints about the care provided by the hospice.

We found people were involved in making decisions about their care and treatment. Their wishes and preferences were documented and respected. Consideration for people's privacy and dignity was considered when planning how to deliver and develop the hospice's palliative care services. People's needs were assessed and care was provided to meet their needs. Relevant clinical guidelines and recommendations were understood and implemented.

Hospice services were provided in a building which was adequately maintained and there was a planned maintenance programme. Staff told us they had mandatory in-house training and were encouraged to participate in further development programmes. There were systems in place to identify and respond to risks which could compromise the quality of the service.

3 January 2013

During a routine inspection

People told us they were very pleased with the care provided at the hospice. They said staff were responsive, and caring. We were told staff communicated well and worked well as a team. People felt enabled to make decisions about their care and told us they were involved in discussions about any changes to their care.

We found people using the service were provided with appropriate care to meet their needs. They were involved in making decisions about their own care and staff respected their choices. There were systems in place for preventing and controlling the spread of infection. Where concerns were identified about standards of cleanliness, there was evidence they were addressed.

Care was provided by trained and competent staff. There were systems for monitoring the quality and safety of services provided to people which included collecting feedback from people who use the service. Where improvements to services were required, these were made. There were systems to ensure care records were completed fully and accurately. Care records were stored securely.

In this report the name of a registered manager appears who was not in post and not managing the regulated activities at this location at the time of the inspection. Their name appears because they were still a registered manager on our register at the time of this inspection. We have advised the provider of what they need to do to remove the individual's name from our register.

29 February 2012

During a routine inspection

People said they were very happy with the care provided. They told us the staff were friendly and caring and kept them well informed.

The people we spoke with said they did not have any concerns but if they did they would have no hesitation in speaking to the doctors or nurses.