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The Caring Choice Limited Requires improvement

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Inspection carried out on 7 May 2019

During a routine inspection

About the service:

The Caring Choice Limited is a domiciliary care service which provides personal care to adults with a range of support needs in their own homes.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) only inspects the service being received by people provided with ‘personal care’. Where they do we also take into account any wider social care provided. The Caring Choice Limited was providing personal care to thirty five people at the time of the inspection.

At the last inspection on 7 and 8 November 2018 we found the service to be in breach of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014: Regulation 13, Safeguarding service users from abuse and improper treatment; Regulation 12, Safe care and treatment; Regulation 18, Staffing; Regulation 17, Good governance; Regulation 16, Receiving and acting on complaints; Regulation 19, Fit and proper persons employed. The overall rating for the service was Inadequate and the service was placed in Special Measures.

Services that are in Special Measures are kept under review and inspected again within six months. We expect services to make significant improvements within this timeframe. During this inspection the service demonstrated to us that significant improvements had been made and it is no longer in breach of the regulations, rated as Inadequate overall or in any of the five key questions. Therefore, this service is now out of Special Measures.

People’s experience of using this service:

People’s medicines were now managed safely, however we recommend the provider and manager refer to current guidance regarding providing information for care workers on what each person’s medicines are prescribed for, and guidance on when a person may need their ‘as and when required’ (PRN) medicines.

Staff were now provided with an effective induction and relevant training to make sure they had the right skills and knowledge for their role. Staff were supported in their jobs through regular supervisions and an annual appraisal. However, the manager did not receive formal supervision or have an annual appraisal. The provider told us they would start doing this.

We saw people or their representative had signed their consent to receive care and support form the service on their care records, however there was no evidence on file that the nominated person had the legal authority to do this. We recommend the provider and manager consult current guidance on how best to ascertain and record this information.

Every person now had a care record in place which reflected the person’s current health and social care needs. The provider and manager agreed further work was required on people’s care records to ensure all the information recorded was person-centred.

People had the same group of care staff visiting them at home. However, some people told us they would like to know in advance who would be coming each day. The provider and manager they told us they would email or post people their staff rota the week before, if requested.

There were now systems in place to monitor and improve the quality of the service provided. People were asked for their opinion of the quality of the service via review meetings. Staff were asked via regular team meetings and an employee satisfaction survey. These systems need to be further developed and sustained over time.

There were enough staff available to ensure people’s care and support needs were met. The registered provider had effective recruitment procedures in place to make sure staff had the required skills and were of suitable character and background.

There were systems in place to recognise and respond to any allegations of abuse. Staff had received training in this area.

People were consulted and listened to about their care and support needs. People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives.

People were supported to eat and drink to maintain a balanced diet, where required. People were supported to

Inspection carried out on 7 November 2018

During a routine inspection

We carried out this inspection on 7 and 8 November 2018. This inspection was announced, which meant the provider was given 48 hours’ notice of our inspection visit. We did this because the service is small and the manager was sometimes out of the office and we needed to be sure that they would be available. We also wanted to arrange to visit some people using the service.

The Caring Choice Ltd is a domiciliary care agency. It provides support to people living in their own houses and flats in the community. Not everyone using The Caring Choice Ltd receives support with the regulated activity of ‘personal care’; The Care Quality Commission (CQC) only inspects the service being received by people provided with ‘personal care’; help with tasks related to personal hygiene and eating. Where they do we also take into account any wider social care provided. At time of this inspection The Caring Choice Ltd was providing support to 41 people.

At our last inspection on 10 and 13 November 2017 we found three breaches of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 in respect of Regulation 17, Good governance, Regulation 18 Staffing and Regulation 19, Fit and proper person employed. The overall rating of the service was requires improvement.

Following our last inspection the registered provider sent us an action plan with details of the improvements they planned to make to meet the requirements of the regulations. At this inspection we found that sufficient improvements had not been made and the registered provider remained in breach of these three regulations. We also found three further breaches of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. These were; Regulation 12, Safe care and treatment; Regulation 13, Safeguarding service users from abuse and improper treatment; and Regulation 16, Receiving and acting on complaints.

The overall rating of the service is inadequate and the service is in ‘special measures’. Services in special measures will be kept under review and, if we have not taken immediate action to propose to cancel the provider’s registration of the service, will be inspected again within six months. The expectation is that providers found to have been providing inadequate care should have made significant improvements within this timeframe.

If not enough improvement is made within this timeframe so that there is still a rating of inadequate for any key question or overall, we will take action in line with our enforcement procedures to begin the process of preventing the provider from operating this service. This will lead to cancelling their registration or to varying the terms of their registration within six months if they do not improve. This service will continue to be kept under review and, if needed, could be escalated to urgent enforcement action. Where necessary, another inspection will be conducted within a further six months, and if there is not enough improvement so there is still a rating of inadequate for any key question or overall, we will take action to prevent the provider from operating this service. This will lead to cancelling their registration or to varying the terms of their registration.

For adult social care services the maximum time for being in special measures will usually be no more than 12 months. If the service has demonstrated improvements when we inspect it and it is no longer rated as inadequate for any of the five key questions it will no longer be in special measures.

There was a manager at the service, but they were not registered with the CQC. The nominated individual (representative of the registered provider) told us the manager had applied to be registered. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the CQC 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 20

Inspection carried out on 10 November 2017

During a routine inspection

The Caring Choice is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to people living in their own houses and flats in the community. At the time of this inspection, The Caring Choice was providing a service to older adults. 24 people were supported by the agency. 12 health support workers and one care coordinator were employed by the agency. The service office is based in the S35 area of Sheffield.

There was a manager at the service who was registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). A registered manager is a person who has registered with the CQC 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 and associated Regulations about how the service is run.

The Caring Choice was registered with the CQC on 1 December 2016. This was the service’s first inspection.

The inspection took place on 10 and 13 November 2017. We gave the registered manager 48 hours notice of our inspection to make sure the registered manager, some staff and some people receiving support would be available to meet and speak with us.

People spoke very positively about the support provided to them. They told us they felt safe and their health support workers were respectful and kind.

We found there were some systems in place to protect people from the risk of harm. Staff we spoke with were able to explain the procedures to follow should an allegation of abuse be made. Assessments identified risks to people, and management plans to reduce the risks were in place to ensure people's safety.

We found some systems were in place to make sure people received their medicines safely so their health was looked after. However, staff had not completed appropriate training with this service to make sure they had relevant and up to date skills.

Staff recruitment procedures were not robust to ensure people’s safety was promoted.

There were appropriate numbers of staff employed to meet people’s needs and provide a flexible service.

Staff were not provided with relevant training so they had the skills and knowledge they needed to undertake their role.

People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible. The registered provider’s policies and systems supported this practice. People had consented to receiving care and support from The Caring Choice.

Visit times were flexible to support people’s access to health professionals to help maintain their health.

People were supported to maintain a healthy diet which took into account their needs and preferences, so their health was promoted and choices could be respected.

Staff knew the people they supported very well. People’s privacy and dignity was respected and promoted. Staff understood how to support people in a sensitive way.

People said they could speak with their health support workers or the registered manager if they had any worries or concerns and they would be listened to.

There were some systems in place to monitor and improve the quality of the service provided. Checks and audits had not been recorded to evidence they had taken place and to assist in identifying any trends or patterns to make sure full and safe procedures were adhered to.

At this inspection, we found three breaches of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 in respect of Regulation 17, Good governance, Regulation 18, Staffing and Regulation 19, Fit and proper persons employed. You can see what action we told the provider to take at the back of the full version of the report.