You are here

Ruskin Mill College Outstanding

The provider of this service changed - see old profile

Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Outstanding

Updated 10 December 2019

Ruskin Mill College is a specialist residential college providing personal and nursing care to 21 people, and a shared lives service to 9 young people with learning disabilities at the time of the inspection. A shared lives scheme provides people with long-term placements, short breaks and respite care, within shared lives carers (SLC) own homes. The service can support up to 40 people.

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

The vision of Ruskin Mill was to promote a service wherein ‘each individual has the potential to shape their own future through experiencing meaningful relationships with the universe, earth and people.’ The service’s values were based around inclusive learning, mutual respect and, treating individuals with dignity and respect.

All staff and senior management demonstrated this clear vision and a highly positive person-centred culture was seen throughout. Staff had set high standards for themselves and this promoted an exceptionally positive culture which challenged disability perceptions, improved the confidence of people and had very positive impacts on the lives of the people using the service. Throughout the inspection, we found people and staff were motivated and passionate about equality and empowering people to live the lives they want.

Young people and their shared lives carers spoke overwhelmingly of the positive support, guidance and healthcare interventions people had received. They were full of praise for the staff in terms of their kindness and compassion. People were 'very happy' with the service they received. We received positive comments about their views and experiences. Young people told us they felt safe because of the staff and viewed the staff as experts in their knowledge and skills when supporting people with complex needs.

Young people were supported by staff who had received exceptional training and support to carry out their role. The provider had considered and implemented creative methods for staff to truly understand the experiences of young people when they were staying at Ruskin Mill College. Young 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 service’s focus on challenging expectations and misconceptions had led to excellent outcomes for young people. Staff told us how the ethos of the service was that disabilities should never be considered a barrier to opportunities for people. Throughout our inspection we heard comments from young people about their future aspirations and the support staff gave them to achieve these. These included “The staff have been great and have made me realise all the things I can do’’, “I am so much more independent than when I first arrived”, ‘‘The support I get is excellent’’, and “I am very excited about starting my new job.”

The service excelled in understanding the needs of young people and supporting them to gain skills which would lead to employment opportunities Staff worked hard to make sure, that where it was possible, people had opportunities to lead as full a life as possible. They made sure learning opportunities were tailored to meet people's individual needs, preferences and abilities. Staff made sure young people had opportunities to enjoy themselves. People

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 10 December 2019

The service was safe.

Effective

Outstanding

Updated 10 December 2019

The service was exceptionally effective.

Caring

Good

Updated 10 December 2019

The service was caring.

Responsive

Outstanding

Updated 10 December 2019

The service was exceptionally responsive.

Well-led

Outstanding

Updated 10 December 2019

The service was exceptionally well-led.