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Community & mental health inspection reports for Covington House can be found at The Nelson Trust.

Inspection carried out on 31 January 2019

During a routine inspection

We rated Nelson Trust as good because:

  • Staff were proactive at identifying and managing risk. There were effective systems in place to ensure the management of clients’ risks. Risk assessments and recovery plans were personalised, thorough, and understood by all staff. All staff understood how to report incidents and near misses. Managers reviewed incidents in governance meetings and involved staff in discussing the learning from incidents and implementing change. Incidents were also reviewed by the risk and assurance team.

  • The premises were safe for the clients. The managers had completed ligature and environmental risk assessments on the premises in 2018. These were reviewed every six months.
  • Care plans and crisis plans were up to date or comprehensive to assist the teams to deliver safe care and treatment to clients. They were holistic, personalised and promoted recovery and met the individual needs of each client. They included physical health care checks from clients’ GPs.

  • Clients and their families were encouraged to work together. Families were offered weekend workshops to assist and understand their relative’s recovery. Family members spoken with were very positive about this.
  • The service ensured clients were integrated into the local social networks, employment and education opportunities. Many clients remained in the local area after completing their treatment and became part of the community.
  • The service ensured there was a wide choice of treatments and clients’ individual needs and preferences were central to the planning and delivery of tailored services. There was an education academy where clients completed educational courses in conjunction with the local college. There was also a maintenance team in the service where clients could learn new skills.

  • Senior managers in the service demonstrated clear, effective and inclusive leadership with a strong sense of direction and objectives. All staff spoken with were aware of the developments and direction of the service.
  • The board of trustees, the senior management team and the Chief Executive Officer were visible across all sites. They visited the houses and attended community meetings. Clients and staff were confident they could raise concerns with any of the senior management team and they would be acted upon.


  • Staff members did not ensure clients had access to advocacy services.

Inspection carried out on 19 December 2013

During a routine inspection

People were positive about their experiences at Gordon House and told us that the program was working for them.

The three people we spoke with told us they felt safe at Gordon House. Comments included, �It is very safe, there is no judgement�, �It is something not verbal, you feel safe�, �I feel very comfortable here�. People we spoke with told us they understood how the program worked at Gordon House, �It is on an individual basis�, �I have confidence in the process and in the staff�.

People's needs were assessed and care was planned in relation to this. People were able to attend groups and therapeutic one to one sessions which addressed their specific needs. Where a need for specific domestic abuse work was identified the provider arranged training to meet this need.

Medicines were managed safely. We identified a safety issue with medicines and the provider took immediate action to rectify this.

There was a suitable mix of experienced and qualified staff who were able to access additional training and supervision as required.

The provider had an effective system in place to monitor the quality of the service.

Inspection carried out on 12 June 2013

During a routine inspection

We carried out this inspection to check that improvements had been made in the recruitment processes of the provider. We found that the policy had been updated and had been followed during the recent recruitment of staff.

Inspection carried out on 26 February 2013

During a routine inspection

The four women we spoke with were very positive about their experiences at Gordon house and spoke highly of the staff team. The women were responsible for the running of the house and organised the cleaning rota and menus. They told us they were involved and consulted about their care plans, setting their own goals and choosing what therapeutic areas to focus upon.

Women told us they felt safe and had a good understanding of the therapeutic contract and its purpose. Staff working at the home had a good knowledge of both adult and child safeguarding.

Recruitment procedures were not always robust as thorough checks were not always completed.

There was an effective complaints system in operation.