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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 20 March 2020

About the service

Ashton Way is a care home for up to three people who have autism spectrum conditions. It is a detached house in a quiet residential area. At the time of this visit there were three people using the service.

The service has been developed and designed in line with the principles and values that underpin Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. This ensures that people who use the service can live as full a life as possible and achieve the best possible outcomes. The principles reflect the need for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live meaningful lives that include control, choice, and independence. People using the service receive planned and co-ordinated person-centred support that is appropriate and inclusive for them. The home was small and personalised, with no obvious signage indicating it was a care home. The feel of the service was homely and determined by people’s needs.

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

People were enabled to safely pursue their own interests by staff who understood how to minimise risks and maximise the opportunities open to people. Positive risk taking was part of the culture and ensured people were able to gain increased levels of independence.

Relatives and external health and social care professionals had confidence in the ability of staff to meet people’s needs safely and consistently.

The provider used clear systems for monitoring and analysing any incidents, accidents or safeguarding concerns.

Staff worked well with external health and social care professionals. They also had access to an internal team of occupational health and other specialists.

Staff received good support from the registered manager and the provider. Mandatory training was well managed and bespoke training put in place where needed.

People's needs were regularly assessed and staffing reviewed. Staff had a comprehensive understanding of people’s communication needs and used a range of methods to help them play a part in the running of the service.

Activities were varied and geared towards people’s interests. People’s individualities were valued and reflected in the way staff planned activities.

Relatives and external healthcare professionals felt the service was well-managed. The registered manager continually sought ways to improve the service with a view to helping people live full lives. Staff played a full part in this and were confident in their roles.

The service applied the principles and values of Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These ensure that people who use the service can live as full a life as possible and achieve the best possible outcomes that include control, choice and independence.

People's support focused on them having as many opportunities as possible for them to gain new skills and live as full lives as possible.

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

Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was good (published 20 September 2017).

Why we inspected

This was a planned inspection based on the previous rating.

Follow up

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service until we return to visit as per our re-inspection programme. If we receive any concerning information we may inspect sooner.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 20 March 2020

The service was safe

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Effective

Good

Updated 20 March 2020

The service was effective

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Caring

Good

Updated 20 March 2020

The service was caring

Details are in our caring findings below.

Responsive

Good

Updated 20 March 2020

The service was responsive

Details are in our responsive findings below.

Well-led

Good

Updated 20 March 2020

The service was well-led

Details are in our well-led findings below.