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Harlington House

Overall: Requires improvement read more about inspection ratings

3 Main Street, Fullford, York, North Yorkshire, YO10 4HJ (01904) 634079

Provided and run by:
Milewood Healthcare Ltd

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Background to this inspection

Updated 2 December 2022

The inspection

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.

Inspection team

Two inspectors, an inspection manager and an Expert by Experience completed this inspection. 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

Harlington House is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement dependent on their registration with us. Harlington House is a care home without nursing care. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

Registered Manager

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 (CQC) 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 not a registered manager in post. A new manager had been in post for 6 months and had submitted an application to register. We are currently assessing this application.

Notice of inspection

This inspection was unannounced.

What we did before the inspection

We reviewed information we had received about the service since the last inspection. We sought feedback from the local authority and professionals who work with the service. We used the information the provider sent us in the provider information return (PIR). This is information providers are required to send us annually with key information about their service, what they do well, and improvements they plan to make. We used all this information to plan our inspection.

During the inspection

We visited the service on 3 occasions, 1 of these visits was completed on an evening. We spoke with 6 people who use the service and 6 relatives. We spoke to 6 staff members, including the manager. We looked at medicine’s records and medicine stock. We reviewed 3 people’s care plans and risk assessments. We reviewed documentation relating to staff recruitment, training and supervision and paperwork relating to the health and safety of the service. We looked at the governance arrangements for medicines, risk, environment and infection control including the providers policy and audits.

Overall inspection

Requires improvement

Updated 2 December 2022

About the service

Harlington House is a residential care home providing personal care. The service is registered to support up to 17 people with mental health needs or learning disability. The home is divided into 2 areas; Harlington House, which is a 3 storey older detached building containing individual flats, and the Lodge on the same site, which is a more modern building and has 2 floors. At the time of our inspection there were 12 people using the service.

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

Right Support: Staff supported people to achieve their aspirations and goals. Staff supported people with their medicines in a way that promoted their independence and achieved the best possible health outcome. People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible and in their best interests; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.

Right Care: Risks associated to people’s health were not always effectively managed. Overall, people’s care, treatment and support plans reflected their range of needs and this promoted their wellbeing and enjoyment of life. Staff understood how to protect people from poor care and abuse. The service worked well with other agencies to do so. Staff had training on how to recognise and report abuse and they knew how to apply it. The service had enough appropriately skilled staff to meet people’s needs and keep them safe.

Right Culture: Systems to identify risk were not always effective and this meant there was aspects of people’s health which were not monitored completely. Staff knew and understood people well and were responsive, supporting their aspirations to live a quality life of their choosing. The manager worked hard to instil a culture of care in which staff truly valued and promoted people’s individuality, protected their rights and enabled them to develop and flourish.

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

Rating at last inspection and update

The last rating for this service was inadequate (published 8 June 2022) and there were breaches of regulation. The provider completed an action plan after the last inspection to show what they would do and by when to improve. At this inspection we found some improvements had been made, the breaches had been met in relation to safe care, person-centred care and staffing. Further work was needed in relation to good governance and the provider was found to still been in breach of this regulation.

This service has been in Special Measures since 8 June 2022. During this inspection the provider demonstrated that improvements have been made. The service is no longer rated as inadequate overall or in any of the key questions. Therefore, this service is no longer in Special Measures.

Why we inspected

We carried out an unannounced comprehensive inspection of this service in January 2022. Breaches of legal requirements were found. The provider completed an action plan after the last inspection to show what they would do and by when to improve. We undertook this focused inspection to check they had followed their action plan and to see if they now met legal requirements. This report only covers our findings in relation to the Key Questions Safe, Responsive and Well-led which contain those requirements.

We looked at infection prevention and control measures under the Safe key question. We look at this in all care home inspections even if no concerns or risks have been identified. This is to provide assurance that the service can respond to COVID-19 and other infection outbreaks effectively.

For those key questions not inspected, we used the ratings awarded at the last inspection to calculate the overall rating. The overall rating for the service has changed from inadequate to requires improvement. This is based on the findings at this inspection.

You can read the report from our last comprehensive inspection, by selecting the ‘all reports’ link for Harlington House on our website at www.cqc.org.uk.

Enforcement and Recommendations

We have identified breaches in relation to good governance at this inspection. Please see the action we have told the provider to take at the end of this report. We have made 2 recommendations to the provider regarding safe recruitment and medicines.

Follow up

We will request an action plan from the provider to understand what they will do to improve the standards of quality and safety. We will work alongside the provider and local authority to monitor progress. We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service, which will help inform when we next inspect.