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Boden House Requires improvement

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating

Requires improvement

Updated 21 February 2019

People’s experience of using this service:

The Provider had not ensured that information relating to infection control was available and there was no food hygiene rating completed for the home. Risk assessments had been completed, however they had not always been reviewed following incidents or when areas of concerns were raised.

Staff had not all received the training they required to support their role and this had not been followed up with structured support. People had not always been supported to access information or receive it in a different format to support their understanding.

People were not always supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff did not support them in the least restrictive way possible; the policies and systems in the service did not always support this practice.

Audits had been completed, however not for all areas of the home. These had not always been used to drive improvements or reflected the areas requiring improvement. Notifications had not always been completed to reflect events or incidents which had occurred.

People’s views were mixed about the approach to the meals at the home. Some people were supported and had their meals made. Other people were encouraged to make their own meals and were not in favour of a structured support approach. People were encouraged to attend a weekly meeting to discuss the events at the home.

People felt that they could receive support from staff when they required it and this was provided by kind and considerate staff. Peoples dignity was protected. When people required support from an advocate this was made available. Complaints had been addressed and people felt able to approach the management team.

There was enough staff to support people’s needs and the staffing had been increased to reflect the areas were additional staffing was required. Medicine was managed safety and people had received reviews for their medicine to continue to manage their mental health condition.

People felt safe and when incidents had occurred lessons had been learnt and shared with the staff. People’s health care had been considered and referrals had been made when required for all aspects of people’s health and wellbeing.

Care plans had been developed with people and they contained the detail about their history and needs. Some aspects needed to be improved and this had been recognised and there were planned improvements. People could access support with their cultural or religious needs.

Staff felt supported by the management and we saw that partnerships had been developed with a range of health and social care professionals.

Rating at last inspection: Good (report published September 2017)

About the service: Boden House is a care home that provides a recovery service and when required personal care for up to 27 people. The provider supported people with severe and enduring mental illness, learning disability and personality disorders. At the time of the inspection 16 people lived at the service. The home was established over four floors, each person had their own flat with the option of communal spaces on each floor. There was also an activities room and a garage area which was available for people to use for smoking or storage of outdoor items.

Why we inspected: This inspection was brought forward due to information of risk and concerns.

Follow up: We will continue to monitor intelligence we receive about the service until we return to visit as per our re-inspection programme. If any concerning information is received we may inspect sooner.

We identified two breaches of the Health and Social Care Act (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 around governance and the environment. Details of action we have asked the provider to take can be found at the end of this report.

Inspection areas


Requires improvement

Updated 21 February 2019

The service was not always safe

Details are in our Safe findings below


Requires improvement

Updated 21 February 2019

The service was not always effective

Details are in our Effective findings below.



Updated 21 February 2019

The service was caring

Details are in our Caring findings below.



Updated 21 February 2019

The service was responsive

Details are in our Responsive findings below


Requires improvement

Updated 21 February 2019

The service was not always well-led

Details are in our Well-Led findings below.