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Chocolate Works Care Village Good Also known as Chocolate Works


Review carried out on 9 September 2021

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about Chocolate Works Care Village on 9 September 2021. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.

This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.

If you have concerns about Chocolate Works Care Village, you can give feedback on this service.

Inspection carried out on 18 March 2021

During an inspection looking at part of the service

The Chocolate Works Care Village is a care home providing nursing or personal care to up to 102 people across three separate communities, each of which have separate adapted facilities. One of the communities specialises in providing care to people living with dementia. At the time of our inspection 82 people were living at the service.

We found the following examples of good practice:

• The provider had appropriately assessed and minimised risks in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were comprehensive policies and information to help guide staff in their roles.

• Staff received training and were knowledgeable about good infection prevention and control practices and how to use personal protective equipment safely.

• There was clear leadership and the management team demonstrated commitment to reflective practice and continual learning. They worked well with other partners in the health and social care system.

• The service had robust systems in place to support people to have visitors when it could be safely managed.

Inspection carried out on 27 June 2018

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place on the 27 and 29 June 2018. The first day of the inspection was unannounced. This was the first inspection at the Chocolate Works Care Village since it registered with the CQC on 30 May 2017.

The Chocolate Works Care Village is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing or personal care as single package under one contractual agreement. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

The Chocolate Works Care Village can accommodate up to 102 people across three separate communities, each of which have separate adapted facilities. One of the communities specialises in providing care to people living with dementia. Although the service had opened in June 2017 there had been a gradual opening of communities and people had moved in on a planned process. At the time of our inspection there were 54 people living at the service.

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.

People told us they felt safe. Staff understood how to safeguard people from avoidable harm. There were sufficient staff to meet people’s. There had been some difficulties in the recruitment and retention of staff which had led to a high use of agency staff.

Medicines were safely managed and risks were mitigated as far as possible whilst respecting people’s choices.

Staff were recruited safely and received a robust induction and ongoing training programme. Staff described being well supported and were confident and happy in their roles.

People were supported to access support from health and social care professionals as needed.

We received mixed feedback about the quality of the food. The provider was working with people and the supplier to address these concerns.

The environment had been designed to meet the needs of people living at the service and to ensure it was as inclusive as possible. Some improvements were required to address the issues of noise travelling between two communities. The provider had identified this and was working towards a solution prior to our inspection.

The service adhered to the principles of the Mental Capacity Act. Consent was sought and choices were offered to people.

Staff were kind and compassionate. They understood and respected people’s needs and wishes. People were relaxed and comfortable in their surroundings and visitors were welcomed.

Care was planned, delivered and reviewed with the person at the centre. People were supported to have a comfortable, pain free death with their loved ones.

There were a range of activities on offer for people and those who were able to, had been involved in choosing the range of activities on offer. However, people told us they would like more activities to take place on their own communities.

People and their families knew how to raise concerns and complaints and these were taken seriously. Lessons were learnt when issues were identified.

The management team were committed to delivering a high standard of care. There were robust systems in place to audit the quality of the service. They understood the challenges of opening a new service. They operated a pragmatic and planned approach to this.

The ethos and values of the service were adhered to by staff and the management team.