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We are carrying out a review of quality at Althea Park House. We will publish a report when our review is complete. Find out more about our inspection reports.

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 3 December 2020

About the service

Althea Park House is a care home with nursing providing therapeutic care and support to eight people with an eating disorder at the time of the inspection. The service can support up to ten people. People are

accommodated in one adapted building (referred to in this report as the main house) and one purpose built building called The Anchor.

People’s experience of using this service and what we found

Systems were in place to protect people against identified risks from self-injury. Risks to people from self-injury were assessed by a clinical team which could include professionals from a person’s funding authority. Care plans provided clear guidelines which staff were able to describe to help manage this behaviour. People were respected as adults and involved in discussions and devising enabling plans about how they want to access the community comfortably but also promoting safety.

Where safety incidents occurred, these were analysed for any lessons to be learned, people’s risks were reviewed with health professionals and action to be taken to keep people safe. Staff knew people well and were knowledgeable and confident to manage each person’s risk in relation to self-injury.

We were assured the service was following safe infection prevention and control procedures to keep people safe.

We found several examples of good infection control practices. This included; using an advocate to ensure people using the service had a voice when they had concerns about the impact of staff wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during support given at meal times.

Why we inspected

We undertook this targeted inspection to check on a specific concern we had about some recent incidents of self-injurious behaviour. The overall rating for the service has not changed following this targeted inspection and remains Good.

CQC have introduced targeted inspections to follow up on Warning Notices or to check specific concerns. They do not look at an entire key question, only the part of the key question we are specifically concerned about. Targeted inspections do not change the rating from the previous inspection. This is because they do not assess all areas of a key question.

We found no evidence during this inspection that people were at risk of harm from these concerns.

We looked at infection prevention and control measures under the Safe key question. We look at this in all care home inspections even if no concerns or risks have been identified. This is to provide assurance that the service can respond to coronavirus and other infection outbreaks effectively.

Please see the safe section of this full report. You can read the report from our last comprehensive inspection, by selecting the ‘all reports’ link for Althea Park House on our website at

Follow up

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

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At our last inspection we rated this key question Good. We have not reviewed the rating at this inspection. This is because we only looked at the parts of this key question we had specific concerns about.



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