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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8 January 2014
Date of Publication: 6 February 2014
Inspection Report published 06 February 2014 PDF | 85.84 KB

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 January 2014, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members, talked with staff, reviewed information given to us by the provider and reviewed information sent to us by other regulators or the Department of Health. We talked with other regulators or the Department of Health.

Our judgement

Patients were cared for or supported by staff who had been appropriately checked for their fitness before staff began work.

Reasons for our judgement

There were effective recruitment and selection processes in place. Appropriate checks were undertaken before staff began work. We spoke with two staff who worked in the human resource department. They said they were responsible for ensuring all recruitment records were sought and maintained. We asked staff working at the hospital about the recruitment process. They explained the process which they underwent before securing a job at the hospital.

There was an effective recruitment and selection policy in place. The heads of departments had followed the hospital policy when recruiting staff. Eligibility checks on staff were undertaken. Professional registration status had been checked and revalidation position had been monitored. Revalidation is the process by which professionals holding registration with a license to practice have to demonstrate to their professional bodies that they are up-to-date, fit to practice and comply with the relevant professional standards.

The registered manager, who was also the hospital manager and the director of nursing confirmed that necessary checks had been carried out and satisfactory outcomes had been sought before staff had been recruited. They told us the process they would follow to deal with staff who were no longer fit to work in health care settings and how they would refer them to the appropriate bodies. They said such processes would be carried out with the help of the provider’s human resource department to ensure action taken by them was proportionate and legally sound.

We asked for recruitment information on ten staff. This included doctors, nurses, pharmacist, physiotherapist, admin staff and domestic staff. The information we looked for included; proof of identity, a recent photograph, an enhanced disclosure and barring scheme check, satisfactory evidence of conduct in previous employment; any relevant qualification, a full employment history and declaration of physical and mental health status fitness to carry out the job. Records we saw had the necessary information.