Updated 17 November 2022
We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (the Act) as part of our regulatory functions. We checked whether the provider was meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Act. We looked at the overall quality of the service and provided a rating for the service under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.
As part of this inspection we looked at the infection control and prevention measures in place. This was conducted so we can understand the preparedness of the service in preventing or managing an infection outbreak, and to identify good practice we can share with other services.
The inspection site visit was completed by 2 inspectors, a specialist advisor who was a nurse and an Expert by Experience. An Expert by Experience is a person who has personal experience of using or caring for someone who uses this type of care service.
Service and service type
Mildenhall Lodge is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing and/or personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement dependent on their registration with us. Mildenhall Lodge is a care home with nursing care. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.
This provider is required to have a registered manager to oversee the delivery of regulated activities at this location. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Registered managers and providers are legally responsible for how the service is run, for the quality and safety of the care provided and compliance with regulations. At the time of our inspection there was a registered manager in post.
Notice of inspection
This inspection was unannounced.
What we did before inspection
We reviewed information we had received about the service since the last inspection. We sought feedback from the local authority. The provider was not asked to complete a Provider Information Return (PIR) prior to this inspection. A PIR is information providers send us to give some key information about the service, what the service does well and improvements they plan to make. We used all this information to plan our inspection.
During the inspection
We spoke with 7 people who lived at Mildenhall Lodge to seek their reviews of their care and support. Not everyone who used the service were able to tell us about their experience of receiving the service, so observations of care and support were also made. We spoke with 7 people’s relatives, received written feedback from a further 3 relatives and spoke with 10 staff members. These included the deputy manager, registered manager, the clinical lead, the regional manager, trained nurses, care and maintenance staff. Following our site visit, we received feedback via email from a further 15 staff.
A selection of records was also viewed, and these included the care plans and associated records for 9 people who used the service. The medicines records for 10 people were also assessed. The governance records viewed included policies and procedures, staff recruitment records, training information, quality monitoring audits and maintenance records.