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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8 May 2013
Date of Publication: 11 June 2013
Inspection Report published 11 June 2013 PDF

People should be cared for by staff who are properly qualified and able to do their job (outcome 12)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are safe and their health and welfare needs are met by staff who are fit, appropriately qualified and are physically and mentally able to do their job.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 8 May 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with carers and / or family members. We talked with staff.

We reviewed all the information we have gathered about Dimensions 1 Abell Gardens.

Our judgement

People were cared for, or supported by, suitability qualified, skilled and experienced staff.

Reasons for our judgement

We looked at the home's recruitment and selection procedures. The location used the provider's corporate employment procedures to recruit new care workers and place them into work. Potential care workers submitted applications to the provider. Background and document checks were undertaken by the human resources department.

We looked at two staff recruitment files and saw care workers completed an employment application form, attended an interview and had documents checked and copied by the manager. We saw the provider had obtained proof of identity including a recent photograph and had carried out criminal record checks.

The manager described the process for obtaining references for staff and showed us evidence that references had been obtained for the most recently recruited member of staff. We saw that the provider made efforts to obtain satisfactory information about any physical or mental health conditions which were relevant to the care workers' ability to carry on the work.

We spoke to a member of staff about the recruitment process. They told us this process had involved an interview, written tests and time spent interacting with the people who live at the home. They described the process as "very thorough". We saw the feedback forms completed after this process which rated applicants on their suitability. The forms also included information which documented any gaps identified in applicants' employment histories. This meant that there was an effective recruitment and selection process in place.