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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 7 April 2020

About the service

Queens Lodge is a small residential care home providing personal care to 4 people with learning disabilities and autism.

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 continued to receive safe care, and staff we spoke with understood safeguarding procedures and how to raise concerns. Staff were confident that management took appropriate actions safeguard people.

Risk assessments were in place to manage risks within people’s lives. This included plans for supporting people who may display behaviour which challenges. Staff were confident in supporting people in this area.

Staff recruitment procedures ensured that appropriate pre-employment checks were carried out, and staffing support matched the level of assessed needs within the service during our inspection.

Medicines were stored and administered safely, staff were trained to support people effectively and were supervised well and felt confident in their roles.

People were able to choose the food and drink they wanted, and staff encouraged healthy options. Any requirements with food and drink were understood and respected by staff.

Healthcare needs were met, and people had regular access to health and social care professionals as required. People's consent was gained before any care was provided, and they were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives.

Staff treated people with kindness, dignity and respect and spent time getting to know them. Care was personalised to each individual, and staff were passionate about achieving good outcomes for people.

Care plans reflected people likes, dislikes and preferences. People were involved in activities that were tailored to them.

People and their family were involved in their own care planning as much as was possible. A complaints system was in place and was used effectively.

The registered manager was open and honest, and worked in partnership with outside agencies to improve people’s support when required.

Audits of the service were detailed, and any issues found were addressed promptly. The service had a registered manager in place, and staff felt well supported by them.

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 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 16 September 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 areas

Safe

Good

Updated 7 April 2020

The service was safe.

Details are in our safe findings below.

Effective

Good

Updated 7 April 2020

The service was effective.

Details are in our effective findings below.

Caring

Good

Updated 7 April 2020

The service was caring.

Details are in our caring findings below.

Responsive

Good

Updated 7 April 2020

The service was responsive.

Details are in our responsive findings below.

Well-led

Good

Updated 7 April 2020

The service was well-led.

Details are in our well-Led findings below.