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Kingfisher Care (Midlands) Ltd Good

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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 28 March 2017

The inspection took place on 6 March 2017 and was announced. We gave the provider 48 hours’ notice because the service is a small home care agency and the registered manager is often out of the office supporting staff or providing care. We needed to be sure they would be in.

Kingfisher Care (Midlands) Ltd is a home care agency supporting people who live in their own homes in the Leicester and Leicestershire. At the time of our inspection 21 people used 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 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

People who used the service were safe when they received care and support. The provider had a recruitment procedure that ensured as far as possible that only staff suited to support people who used the service were employed.

People’s care plans included risk assessments of activities associated with their personal care routines. The risk assessments provided information for care workers that enabled them to support people safely but without restricting people’s independence.

Enough suitably skilled and knowledgeable staff were deployed to meet the needs of the people who used the service. This meant that home care visits were consistently made at times that people expected. Staff arranging home care visits were skilled and knowledgeable about people’s needs and ensured that people were supported by care workers with the right skills and knowledge.

People were supported to take their medicines at the right times. On an occasion that had not happened the provider took action to ensure the person was safe.

People were cared for and supported by care workers who had the appropriate training and support to understand their needs. People who used the service and their relatives spoke about staff in consistently complimentary and positive terms. Staff were supported through supervision, appraisal and training. Staff valued the support that they received.

The registered manager understood their responsibilities under the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2015. People were presumed to have mental capacity to make decisions about their care and support unless there was evidence to the contrary. Assessments of people’s mental capacity were made but had not been recorded using suitable assessment forms. The registered manager attended to this after we brought it to their attention. Staff had awareness of the MCA. They understood they could provide care and support only if a person consented to it.

Care workers either prepared meals for people or supported people to make their meals.

Care workers received training to help them understand about medical conditions people lived with. They supported people to attend healthcare appointments and to access health services when they needed them.

Care workers were caring and knowledgeable about people’s needs. People were consistently supported by the same care workers. The registered manager `matched’ care workers with people who used the service which supported them to build caring relationships.

People who used the service were involved in decisions about their care and support. They received the information they needed about the service and about their care and support. People told us they were always treated with dignity and respect.

People contributed to the assessment of their needs and to reviews of their care plans. People’s care plans were centred on their individual needs. People knew how to raise concerns if they felt they had to and they were confident they would be taken seriously by the provider.

The registered manager and care workers were well regarded by people who used the service and their relatives.

The provider had effective a

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 28 March 2017

The service was safe.

Staff understood and consistently practised their responsibilities for protecting people from abuse and avoidable harm.

The provider’s recruitment procedures ensured as far as possible that only staff suited to work at the service were employed. Care workers were effectively deployed to meet the needs of people using the service.

People were supported to take their medicines at the right times by staff who were trained in safe management of medicines.

Effective

Good

Updated 28 March 2017

The service was effective.

People told us they were supported by staff who had the right skills and knowledge to meet their needs.

Staff were supported through supervision, appraisal and training that enabled them to understand and provide for people’s needs.

Staff understood and practised their responsibilities under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

When people required it, they were supported with their meals. Staff supported people to access health services.

Caring

Good

Updated 28 March 2017

The service was caring.

Staff developed caring relationships with people they supported. They were able to do this because they consistently supported the same people.

People were involved in decisions about their care and support and they understood the information they received about their care and support.

Staff treated people with dignity and respect.

Responsive

Good

Updated 28 March 2017

The service was responsive.

People received care and support that was centred on their personal and individual needs.

People knew how to raise concerns and they were confident their concerns would be listened to and acted upon.

Well-led

Good

Updated 28 March 2017

The service was well led.

People using the service and staff had opportunities to be involved in developing the service.

The provider had arrangements for monitoring the quality of the service that were used to drive continual improvement.

The registered manager and staff shared the same vision of providing the best possible care to people using the service.