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Inspection carried out on 27 September 2017

During a routine inspection

Highfield Scheme Limited is registered to provide personal care and support to people with a learning disability who are living in their own homes. This included people living in shared accommodation as part of a supported living arrangement. The aim of the service is to promote each person’s personal development, their independence and maximise their potential in all areas of life.

The service was managed by 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 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

At our last inspection carried out on 16, 17 and 18 February 2016 we rated the service as ‘Good’ overall. However, we found the provider did not have robust recruitment procedures for the safety and well-being of people who used the service. Following the inspection we received an action plan from the provider indicating how and when they would meet the relevant legal requirements. At this inspection we found sufficient improvements had been made.

We found there were management and leadership arrangements in place to support the day to day running of the service. Comments from staff indicated there was discontentment about some aspects of management, but we found action had been taken to make improvements.

Recruitment practices made sure appropriate checks were carried out before staff started working at the service. Staffing arrangements were sufficient. Support was provided in response to people’s agreed plan of care.

People we spoke with indicated they felt safe with the service. Staff spoken with were aware of the signs and indicators of abuse. They knew what to do if they had any concerns and were confident in reporting matters. Staff had received training on safeguarding and protection.

Risks to people’s well-being were being assessed and managed. Systems were in place to maintain a safe environment for people who used the service and others.

Where applicable people were supported with shopping for provisions, cooking, eating and drinking. People’s individual dietary needs, likes and dislikes were known and catered for. Arrangements were in place to help make sure people had a balanced diet and healthy eating was encouraged.

People were effectively supported with their healthcare needs and medical appointments. Changes in people’s health and well-being were monitored and responded to.

We observed positive and respectful interactions between people using the service and staff. People made positive comments about the staff team.

Arrangements were in place to gather information on people’s backgrounds, their needs, abilities, preferences and routines before they used the service.

Each person had a care plan, describing their individual needs, preferences and lifestyle choices. This provided guidance for staff on how to provide support. People’s needs and choices were kept under review and changes were responded to.

Staff expressed a practical awareness of promoting people’s dignity, rights and choices. People were supported to engage in meaningful activities in their homes and in the community. Beneficial relationships with relatives and other people were supported.

People were supported as much as possible to make their own choices and decisions. We saw staff consulting with people and involving them in routine decisions. We found the service was working within the principles of the MCA (Mental Capacity Act 2005).

Processes were in place to support people with any concerns or complaints. There was an ‘easy read’ complaints procedure for people, which provided step by step guidance on making a complaint.

There were systems in place to consult with people who used the service and staff, to assess and monitor the quality of their experiences.

Inspection carried out on 16 February 2016

During a routine inspection

We carried out announced inspection of Highfield Scheme Limited on 16, 17 and 18 February 2016.

Highfield Scheme Limited is registered to provide personal care and support to people with a learning disability living in their own homes. This includes people living in shared accommodation as part of a supported living arrangement. The aim of the service is to promote each person’s personal development, their independence and maximise their potential in all areas of life.

Services provided by the scheme included support to maintain people’s health, social and intellectual wellbeing as well as guidance with home making skills, budgeting and life choices. The service can be available seven days a week, 24 hours per day in response to people’s individually agreed care package. At the time of the inspection Highfield Scheme was providing support for 34 people.

The service was managed by 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 2008 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

At the last inspection on 26 June and 1 July 2014, we asked the provider to take action to make improvements in relation to ensuring people who used the service were safeguarded against the risk of abuse. Staff were not confident in raising matters of concern and had not received up to date training on safeguarding matters. Appropriate records had not been kept on safeguarding investigations and outcomes. We received an action plan from the provider indicating they would meet the relevant legal requirements by 1 December 2014. At this inspection we found sufficient action had been completed to make the required improvements.

During this inspection we found the provider was in breach of one regulation of the Health and Social Care Act (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. This related to the provider not having robust recruitment procedures for the safety and well-being of people using the service. You can see what action we told the provider to take at the back of the full version of this report.

We found some further improvements were needed to provide people with safe care and support. Therefore we have made a recommendation about ensuring risk to people’s well-being and safety are properly considered. We have also recommended the service improve their practice on safely supporting people with their medicines.

We also discussed with the registered manager the value of revising the arrangements in place for re-decoration and up-grading of the properties with the landlord, people using the service and their representatives.

People we spoke with and spent time with indicated they felt safe with the service. Staff spoken with were aware of the signs and indicators of abuse. They knew what to do if they had any concerns and were confident in reporting matters. Staff had received training on safeguarding and protection.

People we spoke with told us they were satisfied with the service. They said: “It’s okay,” “Things are fine” and” I’m really happy.”

People were supported with their healthcare needs and medical appointments and their general wellbeing was monitored. Where applicable they were supported with shopping for provisions, cooking, eating and drinking.

There were systems in place to ensure all staff received regular training and supervision. We found some training was over-due, but this matter was in hand.

We found the service was working within the principles of the MCA (Mental Capacity Act 2005).

Processes were in place to support and encourage people to make their own decisions and choices.

People made positive comments about the staff team including their caring approach and attitude. One person told us, “The staff are always nice.” We observed staff providing peo

Inspection carried out on 26 June and 1 July 2014

During a routine inspection

We brought this scheduled inspection forward as we had received some information of concern. During this two day inspection we spoke with three people who used the service and observed six people being supported in their own homes. We spoke with the registered manager, two care managers, the owner and six members of staff. We also had telephone discussions with four relatives.

We considered all the evidence we had gathered under the outcomes we inspected. We used the information to answer the five questions we always ask;

� Is the service safe?

� Is the service effective?

� Is the service caring?

� Is the service responsive?

� Is the service well-led?

This is a summary of what we found:

Is the service safe?

People who used the service and their relatives told us they were satisfied with their support from Highfield Scheme. However we found some practices were lacking in effectively safeguarding and protecting people from abuse. A compliance action has been set in relation to these matters and the provider must tell us how they plan to improve.

Progress was needed on assessing peoples� capacity to make their own decisions and choices and ensuring staff provide support in people�s best interests.

People�s care records were not up to date. This meant there was a risk people�s changing needs and preferences were not being identified and effectively responded to.

Is the service effective?

People were involved in discussions about their care and on-going reviews.

Arrangements were in place for care workers to develop their skills and receive appropriate training. Staff were being supervised and had opportunity to discuss work practices. However, we found some training had not been updated.

Is the service caring?

People spoken with told us they were satisfied with the care and support they experienced from Highfield Scheme. They told us, �It�s okay� and �It�s nice I like it�. Relatives spoken with said, �The care can�t be faulted, they understand (my relative�s) needs�, �It�s the best care imaginable� and �They treat people very well�.

People told us they were happy with the care workers. One person said they were �Okay� and we observed some positive interactions between people using the service and staff. Relatives spoken with said:�They are like another family�, �They are all excellent� and �We have always got on well with the staff�.

Care workers were seen to be attentive and respectful in their approaches when supporting people. However, we found there were some routines and practices that did not promote a person centred approach.

Is the service responsive?

Some arrangements were in place to review people's needs and abilities. This meant their individual needs and choices should be considered and planned for.

Care workers spoken with were aware of the emergency procedures, including contacting health care services and reporting matters to the management team as needed.

Is the service well-led?

The service had a registered manager responsible for the day to day operation of the service. There was a team of office based managers. However, we found the management team structure, including designated roles and lines of accountability were unclear. Several staff spoken with described the managers as supportive and approachable. However, some considered there were unfair management practices. Some staff expressed a lack of confidence in managers appropriately acting upon concerns.

We found people were involved with decisions which affected them informally on a daily basis. People had been invited to complete satisfaction surveys for their views in the service.

There were some systems in place to assess and monitor how care and support was provided, and to monitor the quality of the service. However we found further checking systems and plans for development were needed.

Inspection carried out on 10 October 2013

During a routine inspection

People told us they were satisfied with the care and support provided by Highfield Scheme Ltd. We spoke with five people who used the service.Two people made the following comments,�They help us with all sorts of things� and �They do a good job�.

People were being involved as far as possible in planning and consenting to their care and support and were enabled to make decisions about matters which affected them.

People told us the support they received was good and that they had care plans describing how their support should be provided. We found some progress could be made with assessing risks, to show how choices and decisions had been made.

We found arrangements were in place to safely support people with their medicines. But to keep things safe, clearer records should be kept to confirm the actual support provided.

People told us they liked the staff who provided their support. We found the staffing arrangements ensured people received good care and support.

There were systems in place to help support people to make complaints and raise concerns.

Inspection carried out on 17 May 2012

During a routine inspection

People using the service told us they were satisfied with the care and support they received from Highfield Scheme Limited, they told us, �It�s lovely� and �I am happy with things�.

People considered they were treated with dignity and said their privacy was respected. They were supported to develop independence skills and to try new experiences.

They told us the care they received was good and that they had care plans, which explained their needs and how their support should be provided. People said they were getting support with healthcare needs, with regular check ups being arranged.

People told us they were involved in planning their care and support. They were enabled to make lifestyle choices and decisions about matters which affected them.

People had no concerns about their care and treatment; they said they felt safe with the staff. They told us they liked the staff.

People said they were consulted about the service; checks on various practices were being carried out.