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The Firs Good Also known as Desborough care

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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 1 June 2019

About the service: The Firs provides accommodation, care and support for up to nine adults with learning disabilities, including autistic spectrum disorders. At this inspection nine people were living at the service.

The Firs has been developed and designed in line with the values that underpin the Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These values include choice, promotion of independence and inclusion. People with learning disabilities and autism using the service can live as ordinary a life as any citizen.

People’s experience of using this service:

¿ People were supported by staff who had a good understanding of how to recognise and report potential harm or abuse and were confident in local safeguarding procedures.

¿ People received their medication as prescribed and there were sufficient staff on duty to keep people safe and ensure their needs were met.

¿ People were supported by staff who were well trained and skilled.

¿ Staff worked with people to overcome challenges and promote their independence.

¿ People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.

¿ Staff worked well with external health care professionals and people were supported to access health services when required.

¿ Quality and safety checks by the providers helped ensure people were safe and protected from harm.

¿Audits helped identify areas for improvement with learning from these shared with staff.

Rating at last inspection: The service was rated ‘Good’ at our last inspection on 28 June 2016. The report following that inspection was published on 5 August 2016.

Why we inspected: This was a planned inspection based on the rating at the last inspection.

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

Inspection areas



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The service was safe

Details are in our Safe findings below.



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The service was effective

Details are in our Effective findings below.



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The service was caring

Details are in our Caring findings below.



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The service was responsive

Details are in our Responsive findings below.



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The service was well-led

Details are in our Well-Led findings below.