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Wessex Regional Care Domiciliary Service Good

This service was previously registered at a different address - see old profile


Inspection carried out on 12 August 2019

During a routine inspection

About the service

Wessex Regional Care Domiciliary Service is a domiciliary care provider. At the time of this inspection 47 people received personal care support from the service. The service supported people who have learning disabilities, people with autism and older people either in their own homes or in supporting living accommodation.

Not everyone using the service receives a regulated activity. CQC only inspects the service being received by people provided with ‘personal care’, help with tasks related to personal hygiene and eating. Where they do, we also take into account any wider social care provided.

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 service was a domiciliary care provider and there were also people receiving care in supported living accommodation. These were small, residential properties where people received individual support. There were no identifying signs, intercom, cameras, industrial bins or anything else outside to indicate the houses were supported living accommodation.

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

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.

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.

The outcomes for people using the service reflected the principles and values of Registering the Right Support by promoting choice and control, independence and inclusion. People's support focused on them having as many opportunities as possible for them to gain new skills and become more independent.

People were supported by staff trained to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse who would not hesitate to report poor practice of colleagues.

Risk assessments were completed, and risks minimised however positive risks were promoted to enhance people’s experiences.

Staff were mainly safely recruited. Improvements were instigated to the recruitment process during our inspection. We have made a recommendation about the recruitment procedures.

Staff were trained and assessed for competency in administering medicines and a comprehensive policy and procedure ensured that errors were thoroughly investigated if they happened.

People were supported to keep their homes clean and staff had a good understanding as to how to minimise the spread of infection.

Accidents and incidents were analysed, themes identified and risk assessments reviewed.

Assessments of need were completed before the provider agreed to provide a service to ensure the care provided would be suitable for them and manageable.

Staff completed an induction when commencing working for the provider. Regular supervision ensured staff felt supported in their roles.

People needed support tailored to their needs in order to maintain their diet, this was provided, and people were encouraged to eat healthily.

People received support to attend GP and hospital appointments and the provider had forged positive relationships with commissioners to enable a smooth process when people’s needs changed.

The service was compliant with the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

People told us they felt thei

Inspection carried out on 7 February 2017

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place on 7,8,10 and 13 January 2017 and was announced. The provider was given 24 hours’ notice because the location provides a domiciliary care service; we needed to be sure that someone would be available in the office.

The service is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to people living in their own houses and flats in the community. The service also provides care and support to people living in ‘supported living’ accommodation, so that they can live in their own home as independently as possible. People’s care and housing are provided under separate agreements; this inspection looked at their personal care and support arrangements. At the time of our inspection the agency was providing a service for 33 people with a variety of care needs, including people living with a learning disability or who have autism spectrum disorder. The agency was managed from an office base in Southampton.

The service had a registered manager. 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.

The registered manager oversaw the running of the full service and was supported by two support managers who were allocated a geographical area to manage. Support managers were responsible for individual parts of the service, for example support to people in a supported living unit or support to people living in their own home.

People and their families told us they felt safe and secure when receiving care. Relevant recruitment checks were conducted before staff started working at Wessex Regional Care Domiciliary Service to make sure they were of good character and had the necessary skills.

Staff received training in safeguarding adults. They completed a wide range of training and felt it supported them in their job role. New staff completed an induction designed to ensure staff understood their new role before being permitted to work unsupervised. Staff told us they felt supported and received regular supervision and support to discuss areas of development. Staff meetings were held every month. There were sufficient numbers of staff to maintain the schedule of care visits to meet people’s needs.

The risks to people were minimized through risk assessments and staff were aware of how to keep people safe and the information provided staff with clear guidelines to follow. There were plans in place for foreseeable emergencies.

People who used the service felt they were treated with kindness and said their privacy and dignity was respected. People received their medicines safely. Staff had an understanding of legislation designed to protect people’s rights and were clear that people had the right to make their own choices.

Staff knew what was important to people and encouraged them to be as independent as possible. People were supported to lead full and varied lives and encouraged to make choices and had access to a wide range of activities.

Staff were responsive to people’s needs which were detailed in people’s care plans. Care plans provided comprehensive information which helped ensure people received personalised care. People felt listened to and a complaints procedure was in place.

Staff felt supported by the registered manager and could visit the office to discuss any concerns. There were systems in place to monitor the quality and safety of the service provided. Accidents and incidents were monitored, analysed and remedial actions identified to reduce the risk of reoccurrence.