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The Learning Support Centre Good


Review carried out on 9 September 2021

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about The Learning Support Centre on 9 September 2021. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.

This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.

If you have concerns about The Learning Support Centre, you can give feedback on this service.

Inspection carried out on 11 October 2018

During a routine inspection

This was an announced inspection which took place on 11 and 12 October 2018. We gave the provider 24 hours' notice to ensure someone would be available at the office.

The Learning Support Centre (LSC) provides a range of support to students with disabilities who access study in a higher education setting. The support provided by LSC includes personal care, this aspect of the service is regulated by the Care Quality Commission. At the time of our inspection there was one person using the regulated activity who was studying at Newcastle University.

This was the first inspection of the service since it was registered with the Care Quality Commission.

A registered manager was in place. 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 received safe care as they were supported by staff who knew how to protect them from harm. Staff were aware of people's individual risks and plans were in place to minimise these while maintaining the person's independence.

The registered manager supported staff by arranging training so staff developed the skills to provide care and support to people, which was in-line with best practice. People receive care and support that was in line with their consent.

People were supported by staff who knew their individual dietary requirements and how to support them in the right way. People had access to healthcare professionals when they required them.

People were treated well which had a positive impact on their well-being. They were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible, the policies and systems in the service supported this practice. Staff supported people to make choices about their care and the views and decisions they had made about their care were listened and acted upon.

People were involved in the planning and review of their care and support. Information was provided to people should they wish to raise a complaint. The provider had not received any complaints over the last 12 months.

Staff said the management team were supportive and approachable. Communication was effective, ensuring people, their relatives and other relevant agencies were kept up-to-date about any changes in people's care and support needs and the running of the service.

People had the opportunity to give their views about the service. There was consultation with people and family members and their views were used to improve the service. The provider undertook a range of audits to check on the quality of care provided.