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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 4 August 2017

The inspection took place on the 3 July 2017 and was announced. The provider was given 48 hours’ notice because the location provides a domiciliary care service and we needed to be sure that someone would be in. The service first became operational in July 2016. It has been registered at its current location since June 2015. This was the first inspection of the service.

Sama Care Ltd is a domiciliary care service providing personal care to people in their own homes. At the time of our inspection they were providing support to six people.

The service had a registered manager in place. 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.

Relatives told us they felt the service was safe, staff were kind and the care received was good. We found staff had a good understanding of their responsibility with regard to safeguarding adults.

Risk assessments were in place which provided guidance on how to support people safely. There were enough staff to meet people’s needs. Medicines were managed in a safe manner. There were sufficient numbers of suitable staff employed by the service. Staff had been recruited safely with appropriate checks on their backgrounds completed.

Staff undertook training and received regular supervision to help support them to provide effective care. Staff we spoke with had a good understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA). MCA is law protecting people who are unable to make decisions for themselves. We saw people were able to choose what they ate and drank.

Person centred support plans were in place and people and their relatives were involved in planning the care and support the received.

People’s cultural and religious needs were respected when planning and delivering care. Discussions with staff members showed that they respected people’s sexual orientation so that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people could feel accepted and welcomed in the service.

The provider had a complaint procedure in place. Relatives knew how to make a complaint.

Staff told us the registered manager and the deputy manager were approachable and open. The service had various quality assurance and monitoring mechanisms in place.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 4 August 2017

The service was safe.

Staff were able to explain to us what constituted abuse and the action they would take to escalate concerns.

Risk assessments were in place which set out how to manage and reduce the risks people faced.

Medicines were recorded and administered safely.

Staff were recruited appropriately and adequate numbers were on duty to meet people’s needs.

Effective

Good

Updated 4 August 2017

The service was effective.

Staff undertook regular training and had one to one supervision meetings.

The provider met the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act (2005).

Staff were aware of people’s dietary preferences. Staff had a good understanding about the current medical and health conditions of the people they supported.

Caring

Good

Updated 4 August 2017

The service was caring.

Relatives of the people that used the service told us that staff treated them with dignity and respect.

People and their relatives were involved in making decisions about the care and the support they received.

Staff members showed that they respected people’s sexual orientation so that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people could feel accepted and welcomed in the service.

Responsive

Good

Updated 4 August 2017

The service was responsive.

People’s needs were assessed and care was planned in line with the needs of individuals. People and their relatives were involved in planning their own care.

Relatives said that the service responded to any concerns or complaints.

Well-led

Good

Updated 4 August 2017

The service was well-led.

The service had a registered manager in place. Staff told us they found the registered manager to be approachable and there was an open and inclusive atmosphere at the service.

The service had various quality assurance and monitoring systems in place.