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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 19, 23 April 2013
Date of Publication: 29 May 2013
Inspection Report published 29 May 2013 PDF

People should be safe from harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (outcome 11)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are not at risk of harm from unsafe or unsuitable equipment (medical and non-medical equipment, furnishings or fittings).
  • Benefit from equipment that is comfortable and meets their needs.

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 19 April 2013 and 23 April 2013, talked with people who use the service and talked with carers and / or family members. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were protected from unsafe or unsuitable equipment.

Reasons for our judgement

We looked around the home and found measures had been put in place to maintain the health and safety of the people who lived and worked at Hillbrook Grange whilst the current building work was in progress.

A fire consultant had visited Hillbrook Grange to carry out a fire risk assessment. All fire training for the staff was provided by a professional training company.

One of the care managers was also the health and safety co-ordinator. The co-ordinator led a team of staff which included a senior care worker, the head chef and the senior housekeeper. The team had their own office which contained all the files and information required to ensure that the home and the care workers complied with health and safety legislation. The team had introduced new fire exit plans which were placed on the back of all bedroom doors. They were also in the process of updating the employee fire procedures policy which also formed part of the induction training pack for all new employees.

There was a maintenance contract file which contained up to date maintenance records for all the equipment used within the home. There was also a spread sheet in place which showed when equipment needed to be checked, the name of the contractor and who to contact. It also included dates of when work had been completed, when the next check was due and the length of period between checks.