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Havering Good Also known as TuVida

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Inspection carried out on 27 December 2018

During a routine inspection

This comprehensive inspection took place on 27 December 2018 and was announced.

This was the first inspection since the provider re-registered the service with the Care Quality Commission on 1 November 2017. We found the service compliant with health and social care regulations and have rated the service 'Good'.

This service is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to people living in their own houses and flats. It provides a service to older adults.

Not everyone using Havering (Carers Trust East Midlands) receives regulated activity; the CQC only inspects the service being received by people provided with ‘personal care’; help with tasks related to personal hygiene and eating. Where they do we also take into account any wider social care provided.

At the time of our inspection, 115 people were using the service but not all received personal care. Most people using the service received respite care from staff. This meant the person’s primary carer, who was usually a relative, took a short break while a member of staff looked after them. The provider employed 56 care staff, who visited people living in the local community.

The service had a registered manager in post. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered care homes, 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 received care that was safe. Safeguarding procedures were in place and staff knew how to protect people from abuse.

Risks to people were assessed and monitored so that these risks were mitigated against. The management team carried out regular checks on staff providing care in people’s homes, to ensure they followed the correct procedures and people always received safe care.

There was an accident and incident procedure for reporting incidents. We have made a recommendation about reviewing incidents to minimise reoccurrence in future because some incident records did not detail how they would ensure incidents are not repeated.

When required, staff administered people’s medicines and recorded medicines that they administered on people's Medicine Administration Records (MAR). They had received training on how to do this. Staff had received training in infection control and followed procedures when providing personal care.

The provider had sufficient numbers of staff available to provide care and support to people. Staff were recruited appropriately and the necessary pre-employment background checks were undertaken to ensure they were suitable for the role and were safe to provide care to people.

Staff received support from the management team with regular supervision meetings to discuss any concerns or issues. Staff received training to ensure the care and support they provided to people was effective.

The provider was compliant with the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA). People provided their consent to care.

Staff felt confident in approaching the management team with any issues that needed to be addressed.

People's care and support needs were assessed and reviewed regularly. People were registered with health care professionals, such as GPs and staff contacted them in emergencies or if there were concerns about people's health. Staff provided people with meals and drinks when they requested to maintain their health and nutrition.

People were treated with respect by staff and their privacy and dignity were maintained. They were listened to by staff and were involved in making decisions about their care and support.

Care plans were person centred. They provided staff with suitable and relevant information about each person’s individual preferences and communication needs in order to obtain positive outcomes for each person.

A complaints procedure was in place but th