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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8 August 2013
Date of Publication: 18 September 2013
Inspection Report published 18 September 2013 PDF | 82.15 KB

People should be cared for by staff who are properly qualified and able to do their job (outcome 12)

Not met this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are safe and their health and welfare needs are met by staff who are fit, appropriately qualified and are physically and mentally able to do their job.

How this check was done

We carried out a visit on 8 August 2013, observed how people were being cared for, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

Although some procedures were in place there were not full, documented effective recruitment procedures in operation to ensure that appropriate checks were in place for staff who were employed.

Reasons for our judgement

We looked at two staff files. There was evidence that criminal record checks had been undertaken before staff began to work at the practice.

Curriculum vitae were seen in staff files viewed. However, there was no evidence that references were obtained prior to the individual commencing employment. There was no documentation to confirm staff identification. For example, a photocopy of their passport or driving licence. The lack of references meant that appropriate checks were not undertaken before staff began work.

There were no minutes or notes from a staff member’s recruitment interview. There was no system in place to compare candidate’s answers to determine their suitability for a position. This meant there were not effective documented recruitment and selection processes in place.

We saw within the files there was a signed contract of employment and a job description. Also included were copies of key practice policies relevant to the staff member’s position. These included the health and safety policy and the ‘practice rules’. We saw that staff had signed to state they had read the policies.

We saw that staff had completed a pre-employment health declaration and there was evidence included that health screening had taken place. We saw evidence of up-to-date certification with the appropriate professional registration body.