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A & A Services West Midlands

Overall: Inadequate read more about inspection ratings

1 Church Street, Darlaston, Wednesbury, WS10 8DS (01922) 333019

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A&A Services West Midlands

All Inspections

27 September 2023

During a routine inspection

About the service

A & A Services West Midlands provides personal care to people, inducing older people living in their own homes. There were 11 people using the service at the time of our inspection.

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

People were not always protected from potential abuse as incidents of potential abuse had not always been recognised and procedures were not always followed. When incidents had been recorded these were not always appropriately investigated or reported. There were no systems in place to monitor the care people received, this included monitoring care records, medicines and call times. There was a lack of oversight in the service that left people at risk of potential harm and information was therefore not sought to make improvements where needed. Lessons were not consistently being learnt.

Complaints were not always responded to in line with the providers policy. Staff were not always safely recruited to ensure their suitability to work with people. There were no systems in place to ensure staff had the skills and training to support people.

When people’s care had been assessed plans were in place for staff to follow. Further improvements were needed to ensure these covered health conditions.

Support with meals was offered when needed. Staff were kind and caring towards people and they felt safe, they were left comfortable after visits.

Referrals or appointments were made on behalf of people when they needed support with their health.

There were infection control procedures in place, and they were followed. 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 support this practice.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at www.cqc.org.uk

Rating at last inspection

This service was registered with us on 14 September 2022, and this is the first inspection.

Why we inspected

The inspection was prompted in part due to concerns received about the care people received and the records that were in place, how staff were recruited and the culture of the service. A decision was made for us to inspect and examine those risks.

You can see what action we have asked the provider to take at the end of this full report.

We found no evidence during this inspection that people were harmed from the concerns we identified. However there was an increased risk of harm as people were not always protected from potential abuse. Please see the safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led sections of this full report.


We have identified breaches in relation to how complaints were dealt with, how staff were recruited and how people were protected from potential abuse. We also found concerns with how the service was governed and the systems in place to monitor the care people received.

The overall rating for this service is ‘Inadequate’ and the service is therefore in ‘special measures’. This means we will keep the service under review and, if we do not propose to cancel the provider’s registration, we will re-inspect within 6 months to check for significant improvements.

If the provider has not made enough improvement within this timeframe and there is still a rating of inadequate for any key question or overall rating, we will take action in line with our enforcement procedures. This will mean we will begin the process of preventing the provider from operating this service. This will usually lead to cancellation of their registration or to varying the conditions the registration.

For adult social care services, the maximum time for being in special measures will usually be no more than 12 months. If the service has demonstrated improvements when we inspect it and it is no longer rated as inadequate for any of the five key questions it will no longer be in special measures.

Full information about CQC’s regulatory response to the more serious concerns found during inspections is added to reports after any representations and appeals have been concluded.

Follow up

We will request an action plan from 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 continue to monitor information we receive about the service, which will help inform when we next inspect.