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WiCare Services Ltd

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259 Harborough Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN2 8DW 07888 896363

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Background to this inspection

Updated 15 August 2018

We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection checked whether the provider is meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Health and Social Care Act 2008, to look at the overall quality of the service, and to provide a rating for the service under the Care Act 2014.

This announced comprehensive inspection took place on 11 July 2018 by one inspector. We gave the service four days’ notice of the inspection visit because it is small and the manager is often out of the office supporting staff or providing care. We needed to be sure that they would be in.

This was the service's first comprehensive inspection.

We checked the information we held about the service including statutory notifications. A notification is information about important events which the provider is required to send us by law.

During this inspection we spoke with one person using the service and one relative. We visited one person in their home. We spoke with the registered manager and a social worker for one person using the service. We also contacted the local authority that commissioned people’s care who provided us with a copy of their quality monitoring report.

We looked at the care records for two people who used the service and medication records for a person who no longer used the service. We also examined other records relating to the management and running of the service. These included three staff recruitment files and staff training records. We looked at the staff rotas, complaints, incidents and accident reports and quality monitoring information.

Overall inspection


Updated 15 August 2018

This inspection took place on 11 July 2018 and was announced.

This was the first comprehensive inspection carried out at WiCare Services Ltd.

WiCare Services Ltd is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to people living in their own houses and flats. CQC only inspects the service being received by people provided with ‘personal care’; help with tasks related to personal hygiene and eating. Where they do we also take into account any wider social care provided. WiCare Services Ltd provides a service to older adults and younger disabled adults. On the day of our visit, there were two people using 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 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

Staff understood their roles and responsibilities to safeguard people from the risk of harm. Risk assessments were in place and were reviewed regularly; people received their care as planned to mitigate their assessed risks.

The registered manager provided nearly all the care, with bank staff for additional occasional support. Safe recruitment processes were in place. People received care from staff that had received training and support to carry out their roles.

People were supported to access relevant health and social care professionals. There were systems in place to manage medicines in a safe way.

Staff demonstrated their understanding of the Mental Capacity Act, 2005 (MCA). Staff gained people's consent before providing personal care. People were involved in the planning of their care which was person centred and updated regularly.

People were encouraged to make decisions about how their care was provided and their privacy and dignity were protected and promoted. People had developed positive relationships with staff. Staff had a good understanding of people's needs and preferences.

People were supported to express themselves, their views were acknowledged and acted upon and care and support was delivered in the way that people chose and preferred.

People using the service and their relatives knew how to raise a concern or make a complaint. There was a complaints system in place and people were confident that any complaints would be responded to appropriately.

We have made a recommendation about developing the service’s quality monitoring.