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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 28 December 2018

The inspection took place on 25 July 2018 and was announced.

This service is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to people living in their own houses and flats in the community. It provides a service to older adults. Not everyone using Evergreen Care Trust receives 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. The service was providing personal care for seven people.

There was a registered manager for the service. 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.

This was the first inspection for the service following the registration with the Care Quality Commission.

The provider was dedicated to providing an exceptionally high quality of care for people. They understood that to do this they needed a workforce who had received appropriate training and had the time to deliver safe care. People told us that the care was outstanding and that it met and exceeded their expectations.

People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice. Where people did not have capacity to make decisions the provider worked with others to make decisions in their best interest. We saw that this had enabled people to continue to live in their own homes.

The provider had engaged with educational institutions to provide high quality training for the staff. They had also identified where gaps in the training did not support staff and were working with the educational institutes to develop training to specifically support staff to provide care to people in their own homes.

There were enough staff to meet people’s needs and safe recruitment practices were followed. The rotas ensured that staff had time to travel between people’s home and to provide care in a calm unrushed manner. Staff had time to get to know the people they supported and rotas ensured that people received their care from a small group of staff who knew their needs.

People received an assessment before they started to use the service so that the registered manager could be sure that the service could meet their needs in line with best practice guidance. Care plans accurately recorded the care people needed and people had been included in developing their care plans. Staff ensured that people had access to their preferred activity when they left and had the ability to refer people to the provider’s wellbeing and befriending services.

Risks to people were identified and care was planned to keep people safe. Medicines were safely stored and people received their medicines in a timely fashion. Staff understood how to keep people safe from the risk of infection and protective equipment was available for them. People were supported to maintain a healthy weight and encouraged to drink plenty of fluid. If needed their food and fluid intake was monitored and action was taken when concerns were raised.

The provider had proactively engaged with a number of NHS and local authority initiatives to look at how care could be provided more seamlessly across agencies to provide a better level of support to people and avoid hospital admissions. In addition the provider had helped to set up two social care organisations, one so that people could network and make contacts and one so that the charity sector had a united voice when responding to NHS and local authority initiatives.

As well as providing a high quality of care to people the provider was also clear

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 28 December 2018

The service was safe.

Staff had received training in how to keep people safe from abuse and knew how to report concerns.

Risks to people had been identified and care was planned to keep people safe. Incidents were analysed and the learning shared amongst staff.

The provider ensured that staff had time to arrive at calls on time and that they had time to spend with people.

Medicines were safely managed

People were safeguarded from the risk of infection.

Effective

Good

Updated 28 December 2018

The service was exceptionally effective.

The provider engaged with training providers to ensure that staff received high quality training which supported them to provide safe care in line with best practice.

The provider proactively sought to engage with health and social care agencies to provide integrated seamless care to people.

People were supported to have access to food and drink.

Staff had received training in the mental capacity act and supported people to make decisions and with decisions made in their best interest to continue to live independently in the community.

Caring

Good

Updated 28 December 2018

The service was caring.

Staff had time to get to know people and their care needs.

Care plans recorded how people’s privacy was to be maintained.

People were able to make decisions about their lives.

Responsive

Good

Updated 28 December 2018

The service was responsive.

People and their relatives were involved in planning their care. They were supported to take undertake activities they enjoyed.

No one at the service was currently receiving end of live care. However, the provider had plans in place to start identifying people and links to the local hospice charity for support.

People knew how to complain and the provider took complaints seriously and completed through investigations.

Well-led

Outstanding

Updated 28 December 2018

The service was exceptionally well led.

The provider had developed a clear understanding of the high quality of care they wanted to provide and that they wanted to be a caring organisation for staff to work for.

The provider was proactive about engaging with other organisations and supported organisations who provided care older people. They drove improvements in how organisations worked together to provide people with seamless care as they worked across organisational boundaries.

Systems were in place to monitor the quality of care provided and the views of people using the service were gathered.