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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 1 January 2020

About the service

Lammas Lodge is a residential care home providing personal care and accommodation for up to seven younger people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorder. At the time of our inspection, there were seven people living at the home.

The service has been developed and designed in line with the principles and values that underpin Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. This ensures that people who use the service can live as full a life as possible and achieve the best possible outcomes. The principles reflect the need for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live meaningful lives that include control, choice, and independence. People using the service receive planned and co-ordinated person-centred support that is appropriate and inclusive for them.

The service was bigger than most domestic style properties. It was registered for the support of up to seven people. This is larger than current best practice guidance. However. the size of the service having a negative impact on people was mitigated by the building design fitting into the residential area and the other large domestic homes of a similar size. Staff were discouraged from wearing anything that suggested they were care staff when coming and going with people.

People's experience of using this service and what we found

Staff knew how to identify and report potential abuse involving people who used the service. The risks associated with people’s individual care and support needs had been assessed, reviewed and managed. Staff received training and read people’s care plans and risk assessments to enabled them to work safely. Staffing arrangements at the service ensured people’s individual needs could be safely met. People had support to take their medicines safely and as prescribed. Measures were in place to protect people, staff and visitors from the risk of infections. Any accidents or incidents involving people living at the home were reported, recorded and action was taken to keep people safe.

The registered manager promoted a positive and open culture within the service. People’s relatives felt able to express their views to staff and management. Staff felt well-supported and were clear what was expected of them at work. Regular audits and checks were completed on the quality and safety of people’s care to identify and address areas for improvement. Staff worked with a range of community health and social care professionals to ensure people’s care needs were monitored and met.

Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was Good (report published 19 July 2019).

Why we inspected

This was a focused inspection to assure ourselves the service was meeting people’s needs, staff had the necessary skills and experience and management processes were effective. We reviewed the key questions Safe and Well-led only. No areas of concern were identified in the other key questions, therefore we did not inspect them. Ratings from previous comprehensive inspections for those key questions were used in calculating the overall rating at this inspection. The overall rating for the service has remained the same. This is based on the findings at this inspection.

Follow up

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

Inspection areas



Updated 1 January 2020

The service was safe.

Details are in our Safe findings below.



Updated 30 August 2019

The service was effective.

Details are in our Effective findings below.



Updated 30 August 2019

The service was caring.

Details are in our Caring findings below.



Updated 30 August 2019

The service was responsive.

Details are in our Responsive findings below.



Updated 1 January 2020

The service was well-led.

Details are in our Well-led findings below.