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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 January 2013
Date of Publication: 1 March 2013
Inspection Report published 1 March 2013 PDF | 79.78 KB

Before people are given any examination, care, treatment or support, they should be asked if they agree to it (outcome 2)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Where they are able, give valid consent to the examination, care, treatment and support they receive.
  • Understand and know how to change any decisions about examination, care, treatment and support that has been previously agreed.
  • Can be confident that their human rights are respected and taken into account.

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 30 January 2013, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care and talked with carers and / or family members. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

Before people received any care or treatment they were asked for their consent and the provider acted in accordance with their wishes. Where people did not have the capacity to consent, the provider acted in accordance with legal requirements.

Reasons for our judgement

When we inspected Staffordshire Care, we saw that the families who received the sitting service were given clear information about the service. The information pack included a guide book for young people. We saw that this was appropriately written for children and young people. This meant that the children, young people and families who used the service could give their informed consent to the care and support provided.

We looked at the care files for three children who used the service. We saw that parental consent was required and obtained for different purposes: consent to the support plan, drawn up following assessment visits; consent for the child to participate in activities such as swimming; consent to share information with others, including healthcare professionals and consent for action to be taken in the event of a medical emergency. This meant that the support workers and managers at Staffordshire Shared Care were working with the consent of the person or people who had legal responsibility for the child or young person.

We saw that parental consent for the sitting service was supported by the involvement of older children and young people in the initial assessment of families’ needs and in the ongoing reviews of the service they received.