Take A Peek Limited is operated by Take A Peek Limited. The service is located in St. Helens, Merseyside and provides a range of diagnostic ultrasound scan services for private fee paying pregnant women of all ages.
The main service provided by the service is diagnostic imaging. We inspected this service using our comprehensive inspection methodology on 13 May 2019.
To get to the heart of patients’ experiences of care and treatment, we ask the same five questions of all services: are they safe, effective, caring, responsive to people's needs, and well-led? Where we have a legal duty to do so we rate services’ performance against each key question as outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.
Throughout the inspection, we took account of what people told us and how the provider understood and complied with the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Services we rate
This is the first time we have rated this service. We rated it as Good overall.
We found the following areas of good practice:
- The service had enough staff to care for patients and keep them safe. Staff had training in key skills, understood how to protect patients from abuse, and managed safety well.
- The service controlled infection risk well. Staff kept good care records. The service managed safety incidents well and learned lessons from them.
- Staff provided good care and treatment. Managers monitored the effectiveness of the service and made sure staff were competent.
- Staff worked well together for the benefit of patients, supported them to make decisions about their care, and had access to good information.
- Staff treated patients with compassion and kindness, respected their privacy and dignity, took account of their individual needs, and helped them understand their conditions. They provided emotional support to patients, families and carers.
- The service planned care to meet the needs of local people, took account of patients’ individual needs, and made it easy for people to give feedback.
- People could access the service when they needed it and did not have to wait too long for treatment. The service treated concerns and complaints seriously, investigated them and shared lessons learned with all staff.
- Leaders had the integrity, skills and abilities to run the service. Staff understood the service’s vision and values, and how to apply them in their work. Staff felt respected, supported and valued. They were focused on the needs of patients receiving care.
- Staff were clear about their roles and accountabilities. The service engaged well with patients and the community to plan and manage services and all staff were committed to improving services continually.
However, we also found the following issues that the service provider needs to improve:
- The service did not have effective governance arrangements in place to ensure high standards of care were maintained at all times.
- Policies and procedures did not always include version controls or review dates. Sufficient staff recruitment checks had not been carried out for all staff.
- Risks had not been effectively managed in areas such as staff recruitment checks, monitoring of staff training requirements, management of policies and procedures and lack of professional indemnity insurance arrangements. Staff did not keep documented records of risk assessments for each patient.
- There was no documented audit or monitoring in place to cover staff recruitment files, mandatory training compliance and overall governance processes and policies.
- Staff had completed mandatory training in key skills; however the service did not have an effective system in place to identify training needs and monitor compliance for all staff.
- The service did not have any spill kits for cleaning up spills from bodily fluids.
- The service did not have processes in place for staff appraisal or supervision meetings in order to provide support and monitor the effectiveness of the service
- Not all staff had completed equality and diversity training and there was no information available for patients that were unable to speak English.
Following this inspection, we told the provider that it must take some actions to comply with the regulations and that it should make other improvements, even though a regulation had not been breached, to help the service improve. We also issued the provider with three requirement notices that affected diagnostic imaging services. Details are at the end of the report.
Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals (North Region)