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Milton Keynes Supported Living Service Outstanding

This service was previously registered at a different address - see old profile

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 5 May 2018

This inspection took place on 8 and 15 March 2018 was announced.

This service provides care and support to people living in 56 different ‘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. At the time of the inspection the service was supporting 72 people with their personal care needs.

The service had a registered manager. 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.

The service demonstrated an excellent commitment to providing outstanding care which was embedded into the practices of the staff, the management team, and the registered manager. The service put people’s views at the forefront of the service and designed the service around their needs. People were given every opportunity to have the best life possible.

People were safe using the service. Staffing requirements were assessed in an innovative and dynamic way following consultations with people that used the service. The rotas reflected the support people required to maintain the choices they had made, and as a result the staffing arrangements were flexible to meet those needs.

The provider took a thorough approach to protect people from harm. Staff were supported to understand safeguarding in a wider context, and staff were confident they would report any matters of concern.

People were actively involved in decisions about their care and support needs. There were formal systems in place to assess people’s capacity for decision making under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. People’s nutritional needs were assessed and regularly monitored. People took as much control over their nutrition as they were able and staff supported people to learn and understand the importance of this.

People were treated with care, compassion, and great kindness. Staff had an empowering and empathetic attitude to support people’s personal development, and each person was supported in a way that was individual to them.

The registered manager recognised the importance and value of good advocacy and went above and beyond expectations to ensure people’s voices were heard and decisions were made that were in each person’s best interests. People’s diversity and individuality was celebrated and people were encouraged and able to share private or vulnerable matters with a consistent staff group that they could form caring relationships with.

Comprehensive assessments were made before people began using the service. People’s care packages were completely person centred and designed around each person’s individual needs, styles, preferences, and values. The format of each person’s care plan was designed by each individual which helped them display to new staff their likes and preferences.

People made great progress whilst they used the service and people were encouraged to discover and achieve their goals. People were able to gain their independence and this was celebrated with staff.

People’s end of life wishes were followed with pride and staff took great comfort when they had supported people to have the end of life they had wished for. Staff made significant efforts to ensure people’s preferences were followed.

People, their relatives, and professionals felt the service was very well run and commented on the positive approach of the management team. Feedback was acted on promptly and the registered manager was keen to look for new ideas which would further help improve people’s lives. Quality assurance systems were in place to ensure the standards of care

Inspection areas



Updated 5 May 2018

The service was safe.

Staffing requirements were flexible and people and staff were matched together for compatibility.

A robust approach to preventing people from harm was embedded into the service and people, staff and the management team were clear on their expectations and roles to report any concerns.

People were fully involved in how their medicines were handled and staff offered support to ensure they were safe.



Updated 5 May 2018

The service was effective.

People were actively involved in decisions about their care and support needs and how they spent their day. Staff demonstrated a detailed understanding of the Mental Capacity Act, 2005 (MCA).

People received personalised support. Staff received personalised training which ensured they had the skills and knowledge to support each individual that used the service.

Peoples physical health needs were kept under regular review. People were supported by a range of relevant health care professionals to ensure they received the support that they needed in a timely way.



Updated 5 May 2018

The service was very caring.

People were treated with care, compassion and great kindness.

There was a positive emphasis on advocacy support and the service ensured that people�s voices were always heard.

People�s diversity and individuality were celebrated and strengthened.



Updated 5 May 2018

The service was very responsive.

Comprehensive assessments were made before people began to use the service and staff were identified to help build strong relationships with people.

People were supported to create and individualise their own person centred care plan which truly reflected them as a person and the support they required.

People were supported to achieve their goals and dreams and made great progress with the service.



Updated 5 May 2018

The service was well-led.

There was a person centred approach embedded into the service.

People were given a number of opportunities to provide their feedback about the service and the management team ensured this was acted on quickly.

Comprehensive quality assurance systems were in place which sought to help improve the service.