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Heathcotes Chesterfield (Pennine House) Good

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 5 June 2019

About the service: Heathcotes Chesterfield (Pennine House) is a residential care home for people with learning disabilities, and/or autism and complex mental health needs. The care was provided in a purpose-built home for 8 people. There were 4 people living at the home at the time of our inspection.

People’s experience of using this service:

The service had improved and now meets the characteristics of good.

The care service has been developed and designed in line with the values that underpin the Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These values include choice, promotion of independence and inclusion. People using the service can live as ordinary a life as any citizen.

There was a manager in post who was in the process of completing their registration with us. 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.

The risks to people’s health and wellbeing were assessed and action taken to reduce them. This including supporting behaviours which could be challenging. There were systems to learn from mistakes including the detailed analysis of accidents and incidents. People were supported by staff who understood how to protect them from avoidable harm. There were enough staff deployed to keep people safe in the home and when they chose to go out. People’s medicines were well managed and staff understood how to reduce the risk of the spread of infection.

Staff received training to enable them to do their jobs well. Assessment ensured people were supported to transition into the service well. They were supported to maintain a healthy diet. Their health and welfare were managed with referrals to other professionals made when required. 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.

There were kind and caring relationships between people and staff which were based on dignity and respect. People felt involved with decisions and that staff respected their wishes. People had care and support provided which met their preferences. Complaints were handled in line with the provider’s complaints policy. People did not currently receive end of life care but people had discussed their wishes with staff.

Staff enjoyed working at the service and felt respected and valued. People could give their views about how the service could develop and improve. The provider’s quality assurance processes were effective in identifying potential risks to people’s safety. There was a continued focus on learning, development and improvement.

More information is in the full report.

Rating at last inspection: The service was last inspected on 29 November 2018 and was rated requires improvement.

Why we inspected: This was a scheduled inspection to follow up on previous enforcement when we issued a warning notice around the governance and oversight of the home.

Follow up: We will continue to monitor intelligence we receive about the service until we return to visit as per our re-inspection programme. If any concerning information is received we may inspect sooner.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at

Inspection areas



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The service was safe

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The service was effective

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The service was caring

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The service was responsive

Details are in our Responsive findings below.



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The service was well-led

Details are in our Well-Led findings below.