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Nightingale Homecare East Sussex Ltd Good

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 10 March 2021

About the service

Nightingale Homecare East Sussex Ltd is a Domiciliary Care Agency (DCA) that provides personal care and support to 63 people living in their own homes, some of whom were older people, and/or had physical disabilities, and some people who were living with dementia.

Not everyone who used the service received personal care. CQC only inspects where people receive personal care. This is help with tasks related to personal hygiene and eating. Where they do, we also consider any wider social care provided.

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

People’s medicines were managed safely. People were protected from avoidable harm and abuse. Safeguarding policies and procedures were embedded within practice and were consistently followed. Staff had recognised signs of abuse and had recorded their concerns.

People told us they were happy with the care they received, and that staff helped them to feel safe.

Risk assessments and care plans guided staff in how to provide care safely and in the way the person preferred. There were enough suitable staff employed to cover all the care visits. People said they received their calls on time and for the duration that they expected.

People received care that was tailored to meet their individual needs and choices, while staff were responsive to changes in their needs. Care plans guided staff about people's needs and how to meet them. People’s concerns and complaints were listened to and used to improve the service they received. When people wished to discuss their end of life wishes, these were captured and carried out by staff.

Systems for monitoring quality and managing risks had been improved. There were arrangements to support governance and to provide management oversight. People, their relatives and staff told us that communication was good and that staff listened to them and involved them in their care.

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.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at

Rating at last inspection and update

The last rating for this service was requires improvement (published 3 August 2019). There were two 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 improvements had been made and the provider was no longer in breach of regulations.

Why we inspected

We carried out a comprehensive inspection of this service on 14 June 2019. 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 safe care and treatment and good governance.

We undertook this focused inspection to check the provider had followed their action plan and to confirm they now met legal requirements. This report only covers our findings in relation to the Key Questions of Safe, Responsive and Well Led which contain those requirements.

The ratings from the previous comprehensive inspection for those key questions not looked at on this occasion were used in calculating the overall rating at this inspection. The overall rating for the service has changed from Requires Improvement to Good. 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 Nightingale Homecare East Sussex Ltd on our website at

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



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The service was safe.

Details are in our safe findings below.



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The service was responsive.

Details are in our responsive findings below.



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The service was well-led.

Details are in our well-led findings below.