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Review carried out on 8 July 2021

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about Kimwick Care Home on 8 July 2021. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.

This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.

If you have concerns about Kimwick Care Home, you can give feedback on this service.

Inspection carried out on 4 September 2019

During a routine inspection

About the service

Kimwick care home is a residential care home that can provide long and short-term residential care for up to four people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions; at the time of inspection three people lived at the home.

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.

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

People were supported by caring staff who knew them well. There were enough staff on shift to meet people’s individual needs. There were systems and process in place to protect people from abuse.

Staff were trained and supported to meet the needs of the people living at Kimwick care home. Staff received supervision and had regular team meeting to communicate any changes.

People received their medicines as prescribed. Staff had completed competency checks to ensure the correct procedure was followed.

People had risk assessments in place to support staff in understanding and keeping people safe. Risk assessments were completed with people and their views and outcomes were recorded.

People told us staff were kind and respectful. People had their needs assessed and a comprehensive care plan document that detailed peoples likes and dislikes, routines and choices was completed. People and their representatives were fully involved in all aspects of care planning.

Staff supported people to access healthcare services including doctors, dentist, occupational therapy and any other professional required. Staff supported people to lead healthy lives through healthy eating and exercise if required.

People’s communication needs were identified, and systems put into place to ensure their views could be sought and that staff had the training required to communicate effectively with them.

People were supported to maintain relationships and take part in social activities. People who wanted to were supported to gain employment or access education.

The registered manager had systems and processes in place in ensure person centred care was delivered, these included regular audits, spot checks on staff and meetings for people and staff.

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.

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 07 March 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 carried out on 23 January 2017

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place on 23 January 2017 and was announced.

This was the first comprehensive inspection of Kimwick Care Home.

Kimwick Care Home is a residential care home for up to four people with learning disabilities. They service provides short, medium and long term care. Kimwick care home is situated in Colossus way, Bletchley Park and is two minutes from Bletchley train station with linking networks into London. At the time of our inspection there were two people using the service.

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 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

People felt safe. Staff had been provided with safeguarding training to enable them to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse and how to report them. There were risk management plans in place to protect and promote people’s safety. Staffing numbers were appropriate to keep people safe. There were safe recruitment practices in place and these were being followed to ensure staff employed were suitable for their role. People’s medicines were managed safely and in line with best practice guidelines.

Staff received regular training that provided them with the knowledge and skills to meet people’s needs. They were well supported by the registered manager and had regular one to one supervision. Staff received support and training to perform their roles and responsibilities. They were provided with on-going training to update their skills and knowledge. Consent for care was sought by staff on a daily basis and had been recorded in people’s care plans. We found that, where people lacked capacity to make their own decisions, consent had been obtained in line with the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005. People were provided with a balanced diet and adequate amounts of food and drinks of their choice. Staff supported people to attend healthcare appointments and liaised with their GP and other healthcare professionals as required.

People were looked after by staff that were caring, compassionate and promoted their privacy and dignity. People’s views were listened to and they were actively encouraged to be involved in their care and support. Any information about people was respected and treated confidentially.

Staff were knowledgeable about how to meet people’s needs and understood how people preferred to be supported. People were encouraged to take part in activities and interests of their choice. There were effective systems in place for responding to complaints and people were made aware of the complaints processes.

We found that the service had good leadership and as a result, staff were positive in their desire to provide good quality care for people. Quality assurance systems were in place and were used to obtain feedback, monitor service performance and manage risks.