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Review carried out on 4 November 2021

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about Little Paddocks on 4 November 2021. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.

This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.

If you have concerns about Little Paddocks, you can give feedback on this service.

Inspection carried out on 8 March 2018

During a routine inspection

Little Paddocks is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to people living in four assisted living cottages, and for people in their own houses and flats in the community. It provides a split service to four people who require 24 hour care and support who have a learning disability and /or autistic spectrum disorder. These people live in their own cottages on the site of Little Paddocks in Little Clacton. They occupy the same site as the office and a sister home. It also provides a home care domiciliary service providing personal care predominantly to older people in their own homes. People using the service lived in approximately 21 of their own residential houses and ordinary flats across Clacton on Sea, Colchester and the surrounding areas.

This service provides care and support to people living in specialist ‘extra care’ housing. Extra care housing is purpose-built or adapted single household accommodation in a shared site or building. The accommodation is bought or rented, and is the occupant’s own home. People’s care and housing are provided under separate contractual agreements. CQC does not regulate premises used for extra care housing; this inspection looked at people’s personal care and support service.

Not everyone using Little Paddocks DCA receives personal care; 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 the time of the inspection the registered provider was providing support to a total of 25 people across the cottages on site and those people living their own residential homes and flats.

This service has not yet been formally rated as it was registered in December 2016. At this inspection, which was the first for the service we found the service was 'Good'.

A registered manager was in post. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission (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 registered manager had a clear vision about the time staff spent supporting people so they could really focus on giving individualised care and support in a way people wanted it. The feedback we received during the inspection showed that this vision had been achieved, and the service was well led.

Staff had a positive and caring attitude about their jobs. People told us that they were happy with the care and support they received. All the staff we spoke with were happy in their work and proud of the job they do.

People received a safe service from Little Paddocks. There were sufficient numbers of staff who were appropriately trained to meet the needs of the people who used the service. Risks of harm to people had been identified and clear plans and guidelines were in place to minimise these risks.

Staff understood their duty should they suspect abuse was taking place, including the agencies that needed to be notified, such as the local authority safeguarding board or the police.

Staff recruitment procedures were safe. The provider had undertaken appropriate safety checks to ensure that only suitable staff were employed to support people in their own home. Staff said they felt supported to undertake their roles. Staff received a comprehensive induction and ongoing training, tailored to the needs of the people they supported.

Staff managed people’s medicines in a safe way and were trained in the safe administration of medicines. People were prompted by staff to take their medicines, but where staff gave people their medicine this was done safely.

Where people did not have the capacity to understand or consent to a decision the provider had followed the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act (2005). An appropriate assessment of people's capacity to understand and make decisions for themselves had been completed.

People were supported to have enough to eat and drink. They received support from staff where a need had been identified. People's dietary support needs were understood and met by the staff.

The service supported people to maintain good health. When people's health deteriorated staff made sure they contacted the appropriate professionals so people received effective treatment.

Staff were kind and caring and treated people with dignity and respect. The staff knew the people they cared for as individuals, and had a good rapport with relatives.

People received the care and support as detailed in their care plans. Care plans were based around the individual preferences of people as well as their medical, psychological and emotional needs.

People knew how to make a complaint. When complaints had been received these had been dealt with quickly and to the satisfaction of the person who made the complaint. Staff knew how to respond to a complaint should one be received.

The provider had effective systems in place to monitor the quality of care and support that people received. The registered manager had ensured that accurate records relating to the care and treatment of people and the overall management of the service were maintained. Records for checks on health and safety, and medicines audits were all up to date. Accident and incident records were kept, and were analysed and used to improve the care provided to people. The registered manager regularly communicated with people, visited them in their homes, or telephoned them to give people and staff an opportunity to talk to them, and to ensure a good standard of care was being provided to people. People received a good standard of care and support by a caring and well led service.