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North West Office- Apollo Home Healthcare Ltd Good

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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 20 December 2018

North West Office - Apollo Home Healthcare Limited is a Domiciliary Care service that provides complex care to both adults and children in their own homes. At the time of the inspection there were 50 people using the service.

The service had a registered manager. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the CQC 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 registered manager had held the position since April 2017.

Staff we spoke with were aware of how to protect vulnerable people and had safeguarding policies and procedures to guide them, which included the contact details of the local authority to report to.

Recruitment procedures were robust and ensured new staff should be safe to work with vulnerable adults. There were sufficient staff to meet people’s needs.

There was a medicines policy and guidance for staff around safe administration. Staff had undertaken medicines training and competency checks were regularly undertaken. Medicines were administered as prescribed.

Staff were trained in infection control topics and issued with personal protective equipment to help prevent the spread of infection.

The service was working within the legal requirements of The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA).

People received a nutritious diet and were encouraged to plan their diet, shop and where possible were supported to make their own meals.

Staff received an induction and were supported when they commenced employment to become competent to work with vulnerable people. Staff were trained and supervised to feel confident within their roles. Staff were encouraged to take further training in health and social care topics such as a diploma.

We visited three people in their own homes and saw staff knew people well and had a kind and caring attitude.

There were systems and equipment provided to people who were not able to communicate verbally to ensure their needs were met.

Where it was part of a person’s care package people had a range of activities they could attend which were suitable to their age, gender and beliefs.

There was a relevant complaints procedure. We saw where a complaint was made the service responded to find a suitable solution.

Care plans and risk assessments were in place, regularly reviewed and gave staff guidance to meet people’s needs.

Staff thought the service was well-led and the two people we talked to thought staff, including managers, were approachable. On the home visits we saw the deputy manager was well known to people who used the service and family members.

There were systems to check the quality of service provision to help management maintain and improve standards.

The service liaised well with other organisations to help meet people’s health and social care needs.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 20 December 2018

The service was safe.

There were safe systems for the administration of medicines and staff had their competency checked.

Risk assessments helped ensure any risks to people�s health and well-being were managed.

Safeguarding policies, procedures and staff training helped protect people from abuse.

Effective

Good

Updated 20 December 2018

The service was effective.

Staff understood their responsibilities under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).

People who used the service were supported to take a nutritious diet.

Induction, training and supervision gave staff the knowledge and support they needed to satisfactorily support the people who used the service.

Caring

Good

Updated 20 December 2018

The service was caring.

People who used the service told us staff were trustworthy, reliable and friendly.

We observed there were good interactions between staff and people who used the service.

We saw the service explored ways to communicate with people to ensure their needs were catered to.

Responsive

Good

Updated 20 December 2018

The service was responsive.

There was a suitable complaints procedure for people to voice their concerns.

If it was part of their care package people were able to join in activities suitable to their age, gender, culture, religious beliefs and ethnicity.

Plans of care were developed with people who used the service or where necessary family members, were individualised and kept up to date.

Well-led

Good

Updated 20 December 2018

The service was well-led.

There were systems in place to monitor the quality of care and service provision at this care agency.

Policies, procedures and other relevant documents were reviewed regularly to help ensure staff had up to date information.

Staff told us they felt supported and managers were approachable.