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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 4 June 2014
Date of Publication: 28 June 2014
Inspection Report published 28 June 2014 PDF


Inspection carried out on 4 June 2014

During a routine inspection

We considered our inspection findings to answer questions we always ask; Is the service caring? Is the service responsive? Is the service safe? Is the service effective? Is the service well led?

Below is a summary of what we found. The summary is based on looking at records and from speaking with four people using the service and the relatives of four others. We also spoke with the provider and the registered manager and met with office based staff.

If you want to see the evidence supporting our summary please read the full report.

Is the service safe?

People we spoke with told us they, or their relatives, were safe. One person said, �I feel most confidently that I am safe. If I didn�t feel comfortable with the carers I would tell them so, straight away.� Another person told us, �I feel perfectly safe with my carers.�

Staff had assessed potential risks to people�s safety, health and welfare in their homes. There was appropriate guidance for staff on how to manage these risks to keep people safe from harm when they received care and support.

Records kept by the service were accurate and up to date which meant staff had access to the most up to date information about people. Records were kept securely so people could be assured their personal information was not accessible to anyone who had no right to see this.

Staff received regular training in infection control and had access to personal protective equipment. This gave people using the service assurance staff knew how to maintain good standards of cleanliness and personal hygiene to reduce the risk of cross infection.

Senior staff planned staffing levels in advance to ensure there were enough staff to meet the needs of people using the service.

CQC monitors the operation of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. The service had policies and procedures in relation to the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards although no applications had needed to be submitted. Relevant staff had been trained to understand when an application should be made and in how to submit one. This means that people will be safeguarded as required.

Is the service effective?

People using the service and their relatives were involved in planning and developing their care and support. Their views and specific needs were taken into account, when staff planned their care.

Senior staff regularly reviewed people�s care and support needs and risk assessments so that staff had the most up to date information about their care and support needs.

People told us staff demonstrated a good understanding and awareness of their care and support needs. One person said, �They deliver care to a good standard.� Another person told us, �I get the care that I agreed with them, sometimes more so.�

Is the service caring?

The majority of people we spoke with told us people were cared for by kind and attentive staff. One person said, �The carers are very good indeed. I�ve had the same ones for a long time and they know me very well. They are like friends now.� Another person told us, �They are very caring people and won�t leave people if they are in distress or need extra time.� Another person said, ��Can�t fault them. They come in the morning, and they do anything I need. They�re great.�

Is the service responsive?

Staff were responsive to any changes and deterioration in people�s general health and well-being. They took appropriate action to ensure relatives and relevant healthcare professionals were kept informed about any changes so that people got the medical care and attention they needed. One person said, �My regular carer came once and saw I wasn�t myself and got in touch with my doctor straight away.� A relative told us, �If they�re ever concerned about something they will phone you straight away and let you know.�

All the people we spoke with told us they were comfortable raising any issues and concerns with senior staff who dealt with these quickly. One person told us following a complaint they had made, they had noticed an improvement in the quality of care they received.

Is the service well-led?

The service used the views and experiences of people using the service to assess and monitor the quality of service provided. They sought people�s suggestions for improvements and made changes that people wanted or needed. They took appropriate action to address any issues or concerns about service quality.

Senior staff demonstrated a good understanding and awareness of how regular audits and checks improved the service that people experienced.