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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 7 June 2018

The inspection took place on the 01 May 2018 and was unannounced. Northfield House provides accommodation and support with personal care to a maximum of six people with learning disabilities or who have autism spectrum disorder.

Northfield House is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing or personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

Northfield House can accommodate up to six people in one adapted building. At the time of our inspection six people were living at the home. The care service has been developed and designed in line with the values that underpin the Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These values include choice, promotion of independence and inclusion. People with learning disabilities and autism using the service can live as ordinary a life as any citizen.

There was a new manager in post who was in the process of becoming registered with the Care Quality Commission. 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.

People felt safe staying at Northfield House and risks to people were minimized through risk assessments. There were plans in place for foreseeable emergencies.

Relevant recruitment checks were conducted before staff started working at Northfield House to make sure they were of good character and had the necessary skills. Staff had received training in safeguarding adults and knew how to identify, prevent and report abuse. There were enough staff to keep people safe.

People were supported to take their medicines safely by suitably trained staff. Medication administration records (MAR) confirmed people had received their medicines as prescribed.

People received varied meals including a choice of fresh food and drinks. Staff were aware of people’s likes and dislikes and went out of their way to provide people with what they wanted.

Staff sought consent from people before providing care or support. The ability of people to make decisions was assessed in line with legal requirements to ensure their liberty was not restricted unlawfully. Decisions were taken in the best interests of people. People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff support them in the least restrictive way possible.

New staff completed an induction designed to ensure they understood their new role before being permitted to work unsupervised. Staff received regular support and one to one sessions or supervision to discuss areas of development. They completed a wide range of training and felt it supported them in their job role.

People were cared for with kindness and compassion. Care plans provided comprehensive information about how people wished to receive care and support. This helped ensure people received personalised care in a way that met their individual needs.

People were involved in their care plans and reviews. Residents meetings’ and surveys allowed people to provide feedback, which was used to improve the service.

People were supported and encouraged to make choices and had access to a range of activities. Staff knew what was important to people and encouraged them to be as independent as possible.

A complaints procedure was in place. Regular audits of the service were carried out to assess and monitor the quality of the service. Staff felt supported by the manager and staff meetings took place. The service had achieved gold and silver in investors in people.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 7 June 2018

The service remains good.

Effective

Good

Updated 7 June 2018

The service remains good.

Caring

Good

Updated 7 June 2018

The service remains good.

Responsive

Good

Updated 7 June 2018

The service remains good.

Well-led

Good

Updated 7 June 2018

The service remains good.