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Archived: Churchview care Services (Taunton) Good

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Inspection carried out on 17 March 2017

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place on 17 March 2017. The provider was given 48 hours’ notice because the location provides a domiciliary care service and we needed to be sure the registered manager would be available for the inspection. It also enabled us to arrange to visit people receiving a service in their own homes, with their permission.

Church View Care Services (Taunton) provides personal care and a range of support services to people living in their own homes. At the time of the inspection there were 41 people being supported by the service.

The service provided domiciliary support to people in their own homes and a supported living service. A supported living service is where people have a tenancy agreement with a landlord and receive their care and support from a care provider. As the housing and care arrangements were entirely separate, people can choose to change their care provider if they wished without losing their home.

During our inspection the registered manager was present. 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 service demonstrated a strong and visible person centred culture and they were committed to providing a service which put people at the heart of everything they did. People felt safe, had trust in the staff who visited them and knew who to contact if they were worried about their safety. One person said “I feel very safe with the support I receive”. Staff were able to recognise different forms of abuse, understood the provider's safeguarding and whistle blowing procedures and knew who to contact if they had any concerns.

The registered manager was committed, knowledgeable and organised within their leadership. They provided clear and confident guidance and demonstrated strong values in all aspects of their role. Staff consistently told us they felt well supported and valued and they were very happy at work. The culture at the service was open, transparent and welcoming. One care worker told us, “I love my job and all the people I work with, we are like one big family”.

There were sufficient staff at the service to provide care and support to people. Appropriate recruitment checks were undertaken before staff started work. People managed their own medicines independently; however staff had received training if they ever need to offer additional support.

The service managed people's risk and kept people safe, whilst ensuring they had a full and meaningful life. Staff had received training in how to recognise and report

abuse and were confident any allegations would be taken seriously and investigated to help ensure people were protected.

Care was planned and delivered in a way that was personalised to each person. Staff monitored people’s healthcare needs and, where changes in needs were identified, care was adjusted to make sure people continued to receive care which met their needs and supported their independence. People were at the centre of decision making about their care. One person told us, “My keyworkers always sits with me and we talk about how things are going. They talk about my care plan and makes changes if we need to”. People confirmed they received regular support from staff they knew well.

Care records were personalised, up to date and accurately reflected people's care and support needs. The care plans included information about peoples' likes, interests and background and provided staff with sufficient information to enable them to provide care effectively. The service actively built links with the local community that enhanced people's sense of wellbeing and quality of life. People were supported to participate in activities, hobbies and work placements

It was clear that staff unders