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Dimensions Dorset Domiciliary Care Office Outstanding


Inspection carried out on 5 March 2018

During a routine inspection

The inspection took place on 5 March and was announced. The inspection continued on 6 March 2018 and was again announced.

Dimensions Dorset provides care and support to people with learning disabilities who live in their own homes. It is registered to provide personal care. At the time of the inspection the service was delivering personal care to 56 people.

This service provides care and support to people living in 62 ‘supported living’ settings, so that they can live in their own home as independently as possible. People’s care and housing are provided under separate contractual agreements. CQC does not regulate premises used for supported living; this inspection looked at people’s personal care and support.

The service also provides personal care to people living in their own houses and flats in the community. It provides a service to adults with learning disability and autism.

Not everyone using Dimensions Dorset receives a regulated activity; CQC only inspects the service being received by people provided with ‘personal care’; help with tasks related to personal hygiene and eating. Where they do we also take into account any wider social care provided.

There was a registered manager in post. 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 receiving support from Dimensions Dorset received highly individualised person centred care. Support plans contained detailed and personalised care plans and we saw that people had been supported to have a full and meaningful life enjoying interests, taking part in new experiences and being active members of the local community. There was an emphasis on the need for good communication with a range of documentation being provided in way to assist people in accessing information.

People, relatives, professionals and staff felt that the service was extremely well led. The provider, registered manager and staff actively promoted a positive, inclusive and open culture; this approach had a positive impact on the quality of the service people received. The structure of the service worked for people, so that locality managers were always available to support staff and people when needed. The service worked in conjunction with other organisations to improve care for people with a learning disability. There were robust quality assurance systems in place which monitored the service, identifying potential areas for improvement, and actions were taken to improve these.

Staff were highly motivated, worked well as a team and shared a common ethos of providing high quality, compassionate care with regard to people's individual wishes and support needs. Staff were valued, well supported and supervised by the management team.

Feedback from people, relatives and professionals described the service as excellent, one which exceeds expectations, outstanding and the best in the local Area.

There was a people council and the local representative worked in the local office. The Council was an elected body of people Dimensions supported that met four times a year on its own and twice with the Dimensions Board. Feedback from a local level had influenced changes at an organisational and national level which had led to positive impacts on people’s lives.

Family charters were in place. These outlined a commitment to involve people’s families in exactly what they wished to be involved in. The registered manager sat down with families and reviewed these on an annual basis to determine how much contact families wished to have with staff, the management, the organisation and what they may wish to be updated on.

People were supported by staff who received regular training specific to their needs. An inclusive and