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Cuerden Developments Limited - Alexandra Grange

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

Alexandra Grange, Howard Street, Wigan, Lancashire, WN5 8BH (01942) 215222

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Cuerden Developments Ltd

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Background to this inspection

Updated 21 June 2023

The inspection

We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (the Act) as part of our regulatory functions. We checked whether the provider was meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Act. We looked at the overall quality of the service and provided a rating for the service under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

As part of this inspection, we looked at the infection control and prevention measures in place. This was conducted so we can understand the preparedness of the service in preventing or managing an infection outbreak, and to identify good practice we can share with other services.

Inspection team

This inspection was carried out by an inspector, and 2 Experts by Experience. An Expert by Experience is a person who has personal experience of using or caring for someone who uses this type of care service.

Service and service type

Cuerden Developments Limited – Alexandra Grange is a 'care home'. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing and/or personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement dependent on their registration with us. Cuerden Developments Limited – Alexandra Grange is a care home without nursing care. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

Registered Manager

This provider is required to have a registered manager to oversee the delivery of regulated activities at this location. A registered manager is a person who has registered with CQC to manage the service. Registered managers and providers are legally responsible for how the service is run, for the quality and safety of the care provided and compliance with regulations.

At the time of our inspection there was a registered manager in post.

Notice of inspection

This inspection was unannounced.

What we did before the inspection

We sought feedback from the local authority and healthcare professionals who work with the service. We used the information the provider sent us in the provider information return (PIR). This is information providers are required to send us annually with key information about their service, what they do well, and improvements they plan to make. We used all this information to plan our inspection.

During the inspection

We spoke with the registered manager, the regional manager, the nominated individual, and received feedback from 11 support staff. The nominated individual is responsible for supervising the management of the service on behalf of the provider.

We spoke with 5 people receiving support and 7 relatives. We reviewed 4 people's care records. We reviewed records and audits relating to the management of the service, including infection control, fluid and nutritional records, environmental repairs, and laundry processes. We asked the registered manager to send us documents before and after the on-site inspection. These were provided in a timely manner and this evidence was included as part of our inspection.

Overall inspection


Updated 21 June 2023

About the service

Cuerden Developments Limited – Alexandra Grange is a care home providing personal care to older people and people living with dementia. The service accommodates 54 people in one adapted building. At the time of the inspection 46 people were using the service.

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

We found daily records were not always comprehensive. We have made a recommendation about effective recording of daily observations. The provider managed medicines safely; however, some processes around medicines administration were not always robust at reducing the need for ‘as required’ medicines. We have made a recommendation about effective ‘as required’ medicine protocols.

Staff were trained to recognise potential risks and signs of abuse. Risks to people's safety and wellbeing were assessed and reviewed by managers. Staffing levels were safe. Staff used personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriately when supporting people and infection prevention and control processes were in place.

Managers ensured systems were in place to monitor the running of the service. The provider had procedures in place to receive feedback on how to improve support. Managers audited support records, including accidents and incidents to assure themselves of quality. Lessons were learned when concerns were raised, and these outcomes were communicated to staff. Staff worked well in partnership with other agencies to deliver effective support.

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.

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

Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was good (published 11 December 2019).

Why we inspected

The inspection was prompted in part by notification of an incident following which a person using the service died. This incident is subject to further investigation by CQC as to whether any regulatory action should be taken. As a result, this inspection did not examine the circumstances of the incident. However, the information shared with CQC about the incident indicated potential concerns about the management of risk of infection control and record keeping. This inspection examined those risks.

We found no evidence during this inspection that people were at risk of harm from this concern. Please see the safe and well-led sections of this report.

For those key questions not inspected, we used the ratings awarded at the last inspection to calculate the overall rating.

You can read the report from our last comprehensive inspection, by selecting the ‘all reports’ link for Cuerden Developments Limited – Alexandra Grange on our website at www.cqc.org.uk.


We have made recommendations about improvements in daily care records and the safe management of medicines.

Follow up

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service, which will help inform when we next inspect.