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Bluebird Care (Lancaster and South Lakeland) Good

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


Inspection carried out on 6 April 2017

During a routine inspection

This inspection was carried out on the 06 and 11 April 2017. Bluebird Care (Lancaster and South Lakeland) registered as a domiciliary care agency with the Care Quality Commission in February 2015. We inspected this service in October 2015. However, the service changed location in December 2015 and has not been inspected since being registered at this location. As the agency is small we gave 24 hours’ notice of our inspection. This was because the registered provider is actively involved in the day to day running of the agency and we needed to ensure they were available. The office is based in Lancaster with parking available at the office.

At the time of the inspection Bluebird Care (Lancaster and South Lakeland) supported 28 people with care and support needs. An out of hours contact number is provided for use in the event of an emergency.

At the time of inspection there was no manager who was registered with the Care Quality Commission. 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 provider told us they had recently appointed a new manager who was in the process of becoming registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

There were systems to ensure people who used the service were protected from the risk of harm and abuse. Staff we spoke with were knowledgeable of the action to take if they had concerns in this area. They told us the registered provider encouraged concerns to be raised.

There were procedures to ensure medicines were managed safely. The manager carried out checks of medicines to ensure any errors were identified. Staff received training in the administration of medicines and observations of staff competencies were being planned. We have made a recommendation regarding this.

People were invited to give feedback on the service provided. A quality survey was provided to people to enable them to voice their views. This was analysed and areas of improvement were addressed. Checks on care records and accidents were carried out but were not formally documented. We have made a recommendation regarding this.

Staff were knowledgeable of peoples’ assessed needs and delivered care in accordance with these. Staff spoke respectfully of people they supported. People who received care and support and their relatives told us they were happy with the care provision from Bluebird Care (Lancaster and South Lakeland).

Sufficient recruitment checks were carried out prior to a staff member starting to work with the agency and staff received training to enable them to give care which met peoples’ needs. Staffing was arranged to ensure people received care and support at the time they wanted.

People’s nutritional needs were considered as part of the assessment process and preferences were reflected within care documentation. Care records reflected the care and support people required and people told us they were involved in the development of their care plans.

Care records contained assessments of risk and information on how risks could be managed. Staff we spoke with were knowledgeable of the action to take to minimise risk.

There was a complaints policy which was understood by staff and was available to people who used the service. Staff were aware of the reporting procedures to ensure complaints were addressed.