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Inspection carried out on 9 April 2019

During a routine inspection

About the service: Supporting Care is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to people living in their own homes. It provides a service to older people and younger disabled adults. At the time of the inspection they were supporting 67 people in the London Boroughs of Camden, Tower Hamlets and Westminster.

People’s experience of using this service:

People and their relatives felt listened to and were actively encouraged to be involved in their care and support. People told us the provider supported them to help them meet their needs.

People and their relatives were positive about the kind and caring attitude of the staff that supported them. One person said, “I have recommended the service because of the experience I have had with them. Personally, psychologically and attitude wise, they’ve been positive.”

Some people were able to communicate with staff in their own language which helped them to understand information related to their care and support.

People felt safe using the service and staff were aware of their safeguarding responsibilities. Health and social care professionals were confident the provider would respond proactively to any concerns.

The provider worked closely with a range of health and social care professionals to ensure people received effective support and informed them if they had any concerns.

There was an open and honest culture across the service and people and their relatives felt comfortable approaching the management team if they had any concerns. Staff felt supported in their role and were given advice and guidance to follow best practice to provide good care.

Rating at last inspection: At the last inspection the service was rated Good. (Report published 14 September 2016).

Why we inspected: This was a planned comprehensive inspection based on the outcome of the previous inspection. We had been in regular contact with the provider to monitor the size of the service.

Follow up: We will continue to monitor information and intelligence we receive about the service until we return to visit as per our re-inspection guidelines. We may inspect sooner if any concerning information is received.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at www.cqc.org.uk

Inspection carried out on 9 August 2016

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place on 9 August and 10 August 2016 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. This was their first inspection under this registration with the Care Quality Commission.

Supporting Care is a domiciliary care agency which provides personal care and support to people in their own homes. At the time of our visit the service was providing personal care and support to 40 people in the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Camden and Newham. The majority of people who used the service and the care workers who supported them used Bengali to communicate with each other. All of the people using the service were funded by the local authority.

There was a registered manager in post at the time of our inspection. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) 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.

People’s risks were managed and care plans contained appropriate risk assessments which were updated regularly when people’s needs changed. The provider had a robust staff recruitment process and staff had the necessary checks to ensure they were suitable to work with people using the service. People had regular care workers to ensure they received consistent levels of care.

People and their relatives told us they felt safe using the service and care workers understood how to protect people from abuse. Staff were confident that any concerns would be investigated and dealt with. All staff had received training in safeguarding adults from abuse and had a good understanding of how to identify and report any concerns.

The provider had a medicines policy in place where care workers were only allowed to prompt people’s medication. People who required assistance with their medicines received support from relatives or health care professionals. Staff had completed basic training in medicines and knew what to do if they had any concerns, which ensured people received their medicines safely. The provider was aware that if they increased the level of support they gave to people with their medicines staff training and recording procedures would need to be updated.

Care workers received an induction training programme to support them in meeting people’s needs effectively and were always introduced to people before starting work with them. They shadowed more experienced staff before they started to deliver personal care independently and received regular supervision from management. They told us they felt supported and were happy with the supervision they received.

Staff understood the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA). Care workers respected people’s decisions and gained people’s consent before they provided personal care. However, the service did not always ensure where appropriate, that documentation was in place for representatives to sign people’s care plans to agree with the care to be provided.

Care workers were aware of people’s dietary needs and food preferences and this was highlighted in people’s care records. Care workers told us they notified the management team and people’s relatives if they had any concerns about people’s health and we saw evidence of this in people’s care records. We also saw people were supported to maintain their health and well-being through access to health and social care professionals, such as GPs, occupational therapists, district nurses and social services.

People and their relatives told us care workers were kind and caring and knew how to provide the care and support they required. Care workers understood the importance of getting to know the people they supported and showed concerns for people’s hea