23 August 2018
We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection was planned to check whether the provider is meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Health and Social Care Act 2008, to look at the overall quality of the service, and to provide a rating for the service under the Care Act 2014.
This inspection took place on 18 July 2018 and was announced. We gave the service 24 hours’ notice of the inspection to ensure the registered manager would be available to meet with us. The inspection was conducted by one adult social care inspector.
Prior to our inspection we reviewed all the information we held about the service. This included information from notifications received from the registered provider, feedback from the local authority safeguarding team and commissioners. We reviewed all the information we had been provided with from third parties to fully inform our approach to inspecting this service.
Before the inspection, the provider completed a Provider Information Return (PIR). This is a form that asks the provider to give some key information about the service, what the service does well and improvements they plan to make. This information was used to help inform our inspection.
During our visit to the office we spent time looking at four people’s care plans, we also looked at three records relating to staff recruitment and training, and various documents relating to the service’s quality assurance systems. We spoke with the registered manager, the nominated individual and the care co-ordinator. Following the inspection we spoke with three care assistants on the telephone. We also spoke on the telephone with two people who used the service and four of their relatives.
23 August 2018
The inspection took place on 18 July 2018 and was announced. On 20 July 2018 we also contacted staff, people using the service and their relatives by telephone to gain feedback about the service. The service was first registered on 10 July 2017 and this was their first ratings inspection.
ASK4CARE- Huddersfield is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to adults living in their own houses and flats in the community. It provides a service to older adults and younger disabled adults. On the days of our inspection 36 people were receiving support.
The service had a registered manager in place. 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 with staff from ASK4CARE- Huddersfield. Staff had a good understanding of how to safeguard adults from abuse.
Staff were aware of their responsibilities if they were concerned a person was at risk of harm. Care files contained individual risk assessments to reduce risks to people’s safety and welfare.
An electronic call monitoring system, to alert office based staff in the event a person’s call had been missed, was in place and this was monitored.
People told us staff were usually on time and were not rushed. Two people’s relatives told us their relation would prefer more consistency of care staff, although appreciated this was not always possible. Staff recruitment was safe.
A system was in place to ensure medicines were managed in a safe way for people. All medicine administration records (MARs) were routinely audited on return to the office to enable any concerns to be addressed promptly. Staff were trained and supported to ensure they were competent to administer 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 saw evidence people had given their consent to the care and support they were receiving. For two people, who may lack the mental capacity to consent to their care plans, evidence of mental capacity assessment and best interest discussions needed to be improved.
We made a recommendation about this. The registered provider implemented this straight away.
New staff were supported in their role, which included training and shadowing a more experienced staff member. We saw evidence staff had received regular on-going training in a variety of subjects. Staff received regular supervision and field based observations of their performance.
People received support with meals and drinks if this was part of their care plan. Staff knew how to access relevant healthcare professionals if their input was required. The service worked in partnership with other organisations and healthcare professionals to improve people’s outcomes.
People told us staff were caring and supported them in a way that maintained their dignity and privacy. People were supported to be as independent as possible throughout their daily lives.
Individual needs were assessed and met through the development of personalised care plans, which considered people’s equality and diversity needs and preferences.
Systems were in place to ensure complaints were encouraged, explored and responded to. People told us they knew what to do if they had any concerns or complaints about the service.
Everyone told us the service was well led. The registered manager had an effective system of governance in place to monitor and improve the quality and safety of the service.
People who used the service and their relatives were asked for their views about the service and these were acted on.
Further information is in the detailed findings below.