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Archived: Burrswood Care Home Good


Inspection carried out on 26 July 2017

During a routine inspection

Situated in a residential area of Bury Burrswood Care Home offers personal and nursing care for up to 125 people with a wide range of needs from residential care to nursing.

Accommodation is provided on four units. Dunster provides nursing care, Crompton provides residential care, Kay provides residential care for people living with dementia and Peel provides nursing care for people living with dementia. The home is set on two levels. There are lounges, dining areas and bedrooms on both floors. All bedrooms are single accommodation and most with ensuite facilities.

There has been a recent change of legal entity and the provider is now registered as Bupa Care Homes Limited. Therefore this is the first rated inspection for this service. We brought forward this inspection because concerns had been raised with us about night staffing levels and one concern about continence arrangements on Peel unit. This was an unannounced inspection which took place on over three days on 26 July and 2 and 3 August 2017. At the time of our inspection 116 people were living in the home with a wide range of support needs.

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 registered manager was present throughout our inspection.

On the first day of our inspection the registered manager told us that prior to our inspection a decision had been reached to put the staffing levels back to three care staff on nights on Peel unit with the third night carer to be used potentially as a floating member of staff for the whole home. This action had been taken to ensure that there were sufficient numbers of staff on duty to support people in a safe consistent way.

We looked at the arrangements in place for managing people continence needs. We were informed that a three day continence assessment was carried out which was sent to the local continence promotion nurse who assessed people’s needs and arranged supply of the appropriate pads dependent on the type of incontinence. We saw that there were enough supplies of pads as well as stock available in an emergency for people to use.

There was a stable staff team in place to help ensure that people received consistent support. However staff commented that there could be better team work between the day and night shifts on the dementia units. The registered manager told us they would look into this.

We found staff had been recruited safely. Staff had received safeguarding training and understood their responsibilities to report unsafe care or abusive practices.

Risk assessments had been developed to minimise the potential risk of harm to people during the delivery of their care. These had been kept under review and were relevant to the care provided.

Staff wore protective clothing such as disposable gloves and aprons when needed. This reduced the risk of cross infection.

We found medication procedures at the home were safe. Staff responsible for the administration of medicines had received training to ensure they had the competency and skills required. Medicines were safely kept with appropriate arrangements for storage in place.

We looked around parts of the building and found it had been maintained, was clean and a safe place for people to live. We saw that routine servicing of the building, for example, gas and electrical safety had been undertaken.

The registered manager and staff understood the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). This meant they were working within the law to support people who may lack capacity to make their own decisions.

Staff had the skills, knowledge and experience required to suppo