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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 5 January 2018

This inspection started with a visit to the office location on 29 November 2017 and was announced. We gave the provider 48 hours’ notice of the inspection to ensure that the people we needed to speak with were available. On 30 November we made calls to people who use the service and staff to gain their views and experiences. This was their first inspection since they registered their new location with CQC in October 2016.

The inspection was carried out by one adult social care inspector. At the time of this inspection the service was providing the regulated activity of personal care to 57 people who lived in their own homes. These services were managed by the agency from an office in South Gloucestershire. The management team consisted of the provider who was also the registered manager, a deputy care manager, a care co-ordinator and an office manager.

There was a registered manager in post. 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 feedback we received from people and staff was very positive throughout.

The safety of people who used the service was taken seriously and the registered manager and staff were aware of their responsibility to protect people’s health and wellbeing. There were systems in place to ensure that risks to people’s safety and wellbeing were identified and addressed.

The whole staff team were highly motivated and proud of the service. All staff were fully supported by the management team and a programme of training and supervision enabled them to provide a good quality service to people. The registered manager, provider and all staff understood the principles of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 and, worked to ensure people's rights were respected.

The registered manager ensured that staff had a full understanding of people’s care needs and had the skills and knowledge to meet them. People received consistent support from staff who knew them well. People had positive, caring relationships with staff and were confident in the service. People who used the service felt they were treated with kindness and said their privacy and dignity was always respected.

People received a service that was based on their personal needs and wishes. Changes in people’s needs were quickly identified and their care was amended to meet their changing needs. The service was flexible and responded very positively to people’s requests. People who used the service felt able to make requests and express their opinions and views. There was a dedicated palliative care team to support those people nearing the end of their life who wished to die at home.

People benefitted from a service that was well led. The vision, values and culture of the service were clearly communicated to and understood by staff. The registered manager was very committed to continuous improvement. They demonstrated good values and, a desire to learn about and implement best practice throughout the service.

The registered manager demonstrated a good understanding of the importance of effective quality assurance systems. There were processes in place to monitor quality and understand the experiences of people who used the service.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 5 January 2018

The service was safe.

Staff had received training in safeguarding so they would recognise abuse and know what to do if they had any concerns.

People received care from staff who took steps to protect them from unnecessary harm. Risks had been appropriately assessed and staff had been provided with clear guidance on the management of identified risks.

People were protected through the homes recruitment procedures. These procedures helped ensure staff were suitable to work with vulnerable people.

People were protected against the risks associated with unsafe use and management of medicines.

Staff took measures to protect people from the risk of infection.

Effective

Good

Updated 5 January 2018

The service was effective.

People were cared for by staff who had received sufficient training to meet their individual needs.

People were cared for by staff who received regular and effective support and supervision.

Staff promoted and respected people’s choices and decisions. The registered manager and senior staff had a good understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA).

Where it formed part of people’s care, they were provided with a healthy diet which promoted their health and well-being and took into account their nutritional requirements and personal preferences.

Caring

Good

Updated 5 January 2018

The service was caring.

The registered manager and staff were committed to providing care that was kind, respectful and dignified.

People who used the service valued the relationships they had with staff and expressed satisfaction with the care they received.

People were pleased with the consistency of their care staff and felt that their care was provided in the way they wanted it to be.

People felt all staff treated them with kindness and respect.

Responsive

Good

Updated 5 January 2018

The service was responsive.

Changes in people’s needs were quickly recognised and appropriate prompt action taken, including the involvement of external professionals where necessary.

People felt the service was very flexible and based on their personal wishes and preferences. Where changes in people’s care packages were requested, these were made quickly and without any difficulties.

People were supported by suitably trained staff so that they could receive palliative care in their own homes.

People were actively encouraged to give their views and raise concerns or complaints because the service viewed concerns and complaints as part of driving improvement.

Well-led

Good

Updated 5 January 2018

The service was well led

The registered manager promoted strong values and a person centred culture. Staff were proud to work for the service and were supported in understanding the values of the agency.

There was strong emphasis on continual improvement and best practice which benefited people and staff.

There were good systems to assure quality and identify any potential improvements to the service. This meant people benefited from a constantly improving service that they were at the heart of.