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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 21 February 2019

About the service:

¿ London Care Responds is a domiciliary care service providing care and support to people in their own homes. At the time of the inspection there were three people using the service.

People’s experience of using this service:

¿ People told us that care workers were kind and caring. They said they were cared for in a way that promoted their independence.

¿ Care workers were familiar with people’s preferences and support needs and cared for them in line with their care plans.

¿ Care plans were developed after an assessment had been completed and people were asked about how they would like to be supported.

¿ People received good support in relation to their diet and nutrition and did not raise any concerns in relation to how their general health needs were being managed.

¿ There were enough staff employed to meet people’s needs.

¿ New staff completed a thorough induction and were supported during their first few weeks which helped to ensure they were safe and competent to work with people.

¿ There had been no formal complaints received from people or their relatives at the time of the inspection. People were made aware of the complaints procedure through a service user guide that was issued to people when they first started to use the service.

¿ The service was managed well. Feedback from people and staff was that the management team were always available to speak to.

¿ The registered manager was aware of his regulatory responsibilities.

¿ Quality assurance checks such as unannounced spot checks and checks on staff competency were completed.

¿ We have made a recommendation about more robust reference checks when recruiting new staff.

¿ The service was rated as “requires improvement” for the key question Is the service Safe? The service met the characteristics for a rating of “good” for the key questions Is the service Effective?, Is the service Caring?, Is the service Responsive? and Is the service Well-led?

¿ Our overall rating for the service after this inspection was “good”.

¿ More information is in our full report.

Rating at last inspection:

¿ This was the first inspection of the service since it registered with the CQC on 26 February 2018.

Why we inspected:

¿ All services that are registered with CQC are scheduled to have their first inspection within one year of their registration. This inspection was part of our scheduled plan of visiting services to check the safety and quality of care people received.

Follow up:

¿ We will continue to monitor the service to ensure that people receive safe, compassionate, high quality care. Further inspections will be planned for future dates as per our re-inspection plan.

Inspection areas

Safe

Requires improvement

Updated 21 February 2019

The service was not always safe.

Details are in our findings below.

Effective

Good

Updated 21 February 2019

The service was effective.

Details are in our findings below.

Caring

Good

Updated 21 February 2019

The service was caring.

Details are in our findings below.

Responsive

Good

Updated 21 February 2019

The service was responsive.

Details are in our findings below.

Well-led

Good

Updated 21 February 2019

The service was well-led.

Details are in our findings below.