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Turning Point - Hampshire Good


Inspection carried out on 7 September 2018

During a routine inspection

This announced inspection took place on 7, 11 and 13 September 2018.

Turning Point Hampshire provides care and support to people living in four different 'supported living' settings, so that they can live in their own home as independently as possible. People's care and housing are provided under separate contractual agreements. CQC does not regulate premises used for supported living. This inspection looked at people's personal care and support. At the time of the inspection the service was supporting 10 people with their personal care needs. The service supported people living with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder, physical disability, sensory impairment, older people and younger adults.

At the time of inspection the service had an interim manager who had applied to become the 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. Prior to the completion of this report the CQC registration process had been completed and they will be referred to as the registered manager throughout this report.

The registered manager was supported by two supported living service managers who managed two supported living settings each. These settings were located in the north and south of Hampshire respectively. The services in each area were close enough to provide mutual support whenever required.

In March 2017, Turning Point Hampshire began to provide the supported living service, having taken over from another care provider. Some people and staff experienced a process where their respective contracts, either for services delivered or terms and conditions of employment, were moved from another care provider.

People, relatives, staff and professionals consistently provided feedback that this transfer initially had had a negative impact on the quality of care and support people received. In 2018 the management structure of the service was reorganised and a new management team were appointed. Feedback from people, relatives, staff and professionals consistently reported that there had been significant improvements in the quality of care people experienced and an up serge in team morale, since the appointment of the new management team.

Safeguarding professionals consistently reported there had been a significant improvement in the service performance relating to unsafe care, which was now quickly recognised and responded to effectively. When concerns had been raised the provider had carried out thorough investigations, in partnership with local safeguarding bodies.

Risks to people's safety had been identified and management plans gave staff the required guidance to manage these risks. Staff understood people’s risk assessments and the action required to keep people safe.

The management team completed regular staffing needs analyses which ensured there were always enough suitable staff deployed, with the right mix of skills to deliver care and support to meet people’s needs safely. The provider completed relevant pre- employment checks to assess the suitability of prospective staff to support people using the service.

Staff managed prescribed medicines consistently and safely, and involved people and their families, where appropriate, in regular medicines reviews and risk assessments. Staff maintained high standards of cleanliness and hygiene in people’s homes, which reduced the risk of infection.

Staff had completed the provider’s required training, which had been refreshed regularly to keep their knowledge and skills up to date. Where people had more complex needs staff training was developed and tailored around their individual needs.

Staff applied their learning effectively in accordance with best practice, wh