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Inspection carried out on 10 October 2018

During a routine inspection

We carried out an unannounced inspection of Endsleigh Care Limited on 10 October 2018. At our last inspection on 17 February 2016, the service was rated ‘Good’. However, we found the home was not always ‘Responsive’ because people’s outcomes and goals for the support they received that were identified in their care plans, were not up to date or were incomplete. At this inspection, we found that this issue had been addressed and the home remained ‘Good’.

Endsleigh Care Ltd is a care home. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing or personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

It is a care home for up to 11 people with mental health needs. At the time of our inspection, the home was fully occupied, although one person was staying in the home for a short period.

The environment was safe and works were being carried out to protect the home from fire risks. We made a recommendation for people’s individual evacuation plans to be updated following the works. There were procedures to control infections and the home was clean and suitable for peoples’ needs. Accidents and incidents in the home were used to learn lessons so they were minimised in future.

Staff knew how to keep people safe and understood safeguarding procedures to protect people from abuse. Risks to people were identified and there was guidance in place for staff to minimise these risks. People were supported by staff who had received training to ensure they had the skills to support them.

There were enough staff on duty to support people. Recruitment processes were safe, which ensured that staff were suitable to work with people who needed support. Systems were in place to ensure medicines were administered safely and when needed.

People’s nutritional needs were met. Staff worked with health and social care professionals, such as community psychiatric nurses and GPs, to ensure people remained healthy.

People were supported to have choice and remain as independent as possible. The service was compliant with the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. People and relatives were involved in decisions about their care.

Staff were attentive to people’s needs and supported them to maintain their personal care and engage in the community with activities and vocational work that they enjoyed. Staff were responsive to people and knew them well. The staff were caring and treated people with respect. People's privacy and dignity were maintained. People were involved in the review of their care plans, which were personalised. They were able to provide feedback and make suggestions about what they wanted from the home.

Staff felt supported by the registered manager and told us the home was well-led. Quality assurance systems were in place. The registered manager ensured the service was monitored regularly and was supported by an external consultant.

Inspection carried out on 17 February 2016

During a routine inspection

We inspected Endsleigh Care on 17 February 2016. This was an unannounced inspection.

Endsleigh Care is a care home that is registered to provide accommodation and support with personal care for eleven people with mental health and psychiatric needs. The service aims to provide rehabilitation and recovery to people with psychiatric and forensic histories who want to move into their own home after they have made sufficient progress in their recovery.

The service had a registered manager in place at the time of our inspection. 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.

The service was divided into two residential units with six bedrooms in one unit and five bedrooms in another unit. They were supervised by the registered manager and a deputy manager. At the time of the inspection nine people were using the service. During our last inspection on 11 January 2014, we found that the service was compliant with all regulations we checked.

The service provided care and support to people to enable them to become more independent. We found that people were cared for by sufficient numbers of qualified and skilled staff. Staff also received one to one supervision and received regular training. People were supported to consent to care and the service operated in line with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

People were given choices over what they wanted to eat and drink and they were supported to access healthcare professionals. People’s finances were managed and audited regularly by staff so that their money was kept safely and securely. People’s needs were assessed and care and support was planned and delivered in line with their individual care needs. The care plans contained a good level of information setting out exactly how each person should be supported to ensure their needs were met. The care plans included risk assessments as some people had restrictions placed upon them by the Ministry of Justice. However, the service did not have up to date outcome and recovery systems which measured people’s progress.

Staff had very good relationships with people living in the service and we observed positive and caring interactions. Staff respected people’s wishes and their privacy and supported people to express their views. People pursued their own individual activities and interests, with the support of staff. The environment was safe and clear of any health and safety hazards.

There was a structure in place for the management of the service. People, relatives and visitors could identify who the registered manager was. People felt comfortable sharing their views and speaking with the registered manager if they had any concerns. The registered manager demonstrated a very good understanding of their role and responsibilities. Staff and people told us the registered manager was supportive. There were systems to routinely monitor the safety and quality of the service provided.

We found one area where we have made a recommendation to the service, which is detailed in the report.

Inspection carried out on 17 December 2013

During an inspection looking at part of the service

At the previous inspection of this service in July 2013 we found medications were not stored securely or appropriately recorded. During this inspection we found that improvements had been made. We found that medications were stored securely and that medications were appropriately recorded.

Inspection carried out on 11 July 2013

During a routine inspection

People told us they were treated with dignity and respect, and that they were able to make choices over their daily lives. Comments included "I look after my own money, I have a Post Office account" and "I can come and go as I please." We observed staff interacting with people in a respectful and polite manner during our visit. We found that the service was meeting people's needs around equality and diversity issues. Care plans were in place which set out how to meet people's individual needs. Records showed that people had access to health care professionals such as GP's and consultant psychiatrists.

People told us they were happy with the staff who worked at the service. One person said "I like it here, they (staff) are a nice lot." We found that the service had robust staff recruitment procedures in place, including obtaining employment references and Criminal Records Bureau checks. Records at the service were stored securely, and were accessible by appropriate persons.

We found that medications were not all securely stored, and that record keeping in relation to medication was not up to date. The service must address this issue.