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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 25 October 2013
Date of Publication: 14 November 2013
Inspection Report published 14 November 2013 PDF

People should be safe from harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (outcome 11)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are not at risk of harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (medical and non-medical equipment, furnishings or fittings).
  • Benefit from equipment that is comfortable and meets their needs.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 25 October 2013, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care and talked with carers and / or family members. We talked with staff and received feedback from people using comment cards.

Our judgement

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment.

Reasons for our judgement

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment by good systems for using and maintaining equipment. Many children receiving the service had highly complex physical needs that required medical equipment, for example, to help them breathe or receive nutrition.

All equipment in the home was provided by commissioning authorities. There was a policy and procedure for staff to follow that outlined their responsibilities for checking and reporting problems with equipment.

Senior staff undertook joint visits with allied health professionals such as occupational therapists to assess equipment requirements. We saw a range of documentation that demonstrated how the service ensured children received appropriate assessments for equipment they needed.

Staff skills were checked at interview and assessed when starting work. All staff received relevant mandatory and specialist training once they started work, including annual manual handling training and specialist training in using equipment. Staff were only allowed to use equipment after they had been fully trained and had their competency checked in people's homes. Staff competencies were regularly reassessed and staff confirmed that they felt sufficiently trained to use equipment safely.