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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 11 November 2021

Gainsborough Care Home is a residential care home providing personal and nursing care to 44 people aged 65 and over. The service can support up to 48 people in one building, which is adapted for the needs of people with mobility difficulties.

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

At the previous inspection the home had demonstrated improvements in managing risks to people’s safety from unsecured furniture and auditing to identify and manage the risk. At this inspection we found evidence improvement in this area had been sustained and people were safe.

The registered manager had brought stability to the home and greater managerial oversight. People, relatives, staff and professionals were unanimous in their praise for the registered manager seeing them as pro-active, receptive and keen to encourage all to contribute ideas to drive further improvement.

People felt safe and happy living at Gainsborough Care Home. People were supported by staff who understood how to keep them safe from harm or abuse and knew their responsibility to raise concerns if they were to witness poor or abusive practice.

People and their relatives told us they felt there were sufficient staff to meet people’s needs in a timely and person-centred way. Our observations confirmed this.

People received their medicines on time and at the prescribed dose. Medicines were only administered by staff with the required training and competency assessments.

Staff felt recognised and told us management encouraged and supported them to progress. Staff and management told us they enjoyed working at Gainsborough Care Home and loved their jobs. Management told us they felt supported by the provider.

The home had a friendly, open and supportive atmosphere.

Good working relationships with other organisations such as local hospitals were helping the wider health and social care system at a time of significant pressures.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the CQC website at

Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was requires improvement (published 15 October 2020).

Why we inspected

We inspected Gainsborough Care Home to support creating more capacity in the local adult social care system. We undertook a focused inspection to check improvements made at the previous inspection had been sustained. As a result, we did an inspection of the Safe and Well Led key questions and our report only covers our findings in relation to those areas. No areas of concern were identified in the Caring, Effective and Responsive key questions.

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 COVID-19 and other infection outbreaks effectively.

The ratings from the previous comprehensive inspection for those key questions not looked at on this occasion were used in calculating the overall rating at this inspection. The overall rating for the service has changed from requires improvement to good. This is based on the findings at this inspection.

You can read the report from our last comprehensive inspection, by selecting the ‘all reports’ link for Gainsborough Care Home 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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The service was safe.

Details are in our safe findings below.



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The service was well-led.

Details are in our well-led findings below.