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Archived: Thera South Midlands Good

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Inspection carried out on 2 December 2016

During a routine inspection

This announced inspection was carried out between 22 November 2016 and 10 January 2017. Thera South Midlands is a domiciliary care service which provides personal care across the midland counties of Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and parts of Leicestershire to people with learning disabilities who are living independently in their own accommodation. Some of these are shared tenancies with other people who also receive personal care and support from Thera South Midlands, and others are single tenancies. Prior to the inspection the provider informed us that they were providing services to 56 people receiving personal care. Staff work in small teams and provide personal care and support to people into a single or a small number of properties in these geographical areas.

The service had a registered manager in place at the time of our inspection. 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.

People were supported by staff who understood the risks people could face and knew how to make people feel safe. People were encouraged to be independent and risks were mitigated in the least restrictive way possible.

People were supported by consistent staff who they knew. People who required support to take their medicines received assistance to do so when this was needed.

People were provided with the care and support they wanted by staff who were trained and supported to do so. People’s human right to make decisions for themselves was respected and they provided consent to their care when needed. Where people were unable to do so the provider followed the Mental Capacity Act 2005 legal framework to make the least restrictive decisions in people’s best interest.

People were supported by staff who understood their health conditions and ensured they had sufficient to eat and drink to maintain their wellbeing.

People were treated with dignity and respect and their privacy was protected. Where possible people were involved in making decisions about their care and support.

People were able to influence the way their care and support was delivered and they could rely on this being provided as they wished. People were informed on how to express any issues or concerns they had so these could be investigated and acted upon.

People were supported by a service which was person centred and put their interests first. However the systems in place to monitor the quality of the service were not being followed so that improvements could be made when needed.