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ICare Solutions Lancashire Good


Inspection carried out on 13 August 2018

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place on 13 and 14 August 2018 and was announced. This was the service first inspection.

ICare Solutions Lancashire is a domiciliary care agency, located in Darwen, Lancashire. It provides personal care to people living in their own houses and flats in the community. It provides a service to older adults and those people who are at the end of their life. On the day of our inspection there were four people using the service.

The service was managed by a registered manager. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the CQC 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.

Safeguarding and whistleblowing policies and procedures were in place and were accessible to staff members. All the staff we spoke with were aware of their responsibilities to report any concerns.

Risk assessments were in place in relation to people’s health and well-being, to keep people safe. These were reviewed and updated regularly or when changes occurred. Risks had also been considered in the environment.

Recruitment systems and processes in place were robust. We saw references, identity checks and Disclosure and Barring Service checks were completed before staff were employed. Staff we spoke with told us there was enough staff on duty to meet the needs of people using the service and that the service were still recruiting. On the second day of our inspection we saw the branch manager was interviewing prospective new staff.

If it was part of the package of care, staff supported people with their medicines. The branch manager told us that at the time there was only one person who required support and this was in the form of a prompt. Staff had been trained in administering of medicines.

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.

We have made a recommendation that the provider considers a robust induction programme for when people commence employment, in particular for those people without any previous experience of working in care.

Whilst we did not observe staff interactions with people, all of the staff we spoke with, including the branch manager, talked about people and their roles with sincerity, compassion and empathy.

Staff members we spoke with understood the importance of maintaining people’s privacy and dignity. They spoke of knocking on people’s doors, covering people up when providing personal care and ensuring curtains were closed.

We saw people had person centred support plans in place which they had been involved in. These were in-depth and covered many aspects of the person’s life. People had signed to confirm they were involved in this process.

We have made a recommendation that the service considers current best practice around end of life, such as enhanced training and care planning.

We looked at how the service managed complaints. The service had a complaints policy and procedure in place, which was accessible to staff and the branch manager confirmed they had not received any complaints.

Whilst we found the registered manager was knowledgeable about the corporate and organisational side of the service, they were not so knowledgeable about the running of the Darwen service. On a number of occasions throughout the inspection they did not know where to find things and had to rely on other people to find the information we requested.