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Inspection report

Date of Publication: 22 July 2015
Inspection Report published 22 July 2015 PDF

People should be cared for by staff who are properly qualified and able to do their job (outcome 12)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are safe and their health and welfare needs are met by staff who are fit, appropriately qualified and are physically and mentally able to do their job.

How this check was done

We reviewed information given to us by the provider.

Spoke with staff from Human Resources

Our judgement

The provider was meeting this standard.

People were cared for, or supported by, suitably qualified, skilled and experienced staff.

Reasons for our judgement

When we carried out our initial compliance inspection in March 2014, we had minor concerns relating to this standard. During that inspection, we found that all the required information checks were in place prior to the employment of staff with the exception of satisfactory evidence of conduct in previous employment concerned with the provision of services relating to health or social care employers.We carried out a desk based review inspection to check whether improvements had been made.

We spoke with the human resources (HR) business partner. They told us that since the previous inspection, all existing and new staff had undergone Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. The HR business partner confirmed that newly recruited staff did not commence employment until HR had completed the relevant checks.

We reviewed the recruitment records of newly appointed staff and the existing staff to corroborate this information. This showed that the following pre-employment checks were carried out: proof of identity, recent photographs, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal history checks and a full employment history. Other pre-employment checks included the right to work in the United Kingdom and confirmation of qualifications and experience and references from the previous employment.Checks had been completed to ensure that people were registered with their relevant professional body, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health Professions Council and General Medical Council.

The HR business partner assured us they would carry out a risk assessment to determine if a person reported to have a prior conviction was suitable for employment at the research centre.