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Southern Healthcare Specialists

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

Arena Business Centre, Threefield House, Threefield Lane, Southampton, SO14 3LP 07766 828317

Provided and run by:
Southern Healthcare Specialists Limited

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Background to this inspection

Updated 28 June 2019

The inspection:

We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (the Act) as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection was planned to check whether the provider was meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Act, to look at the overall quality of the service, and to provide a rating for the service under the Care Act 2014.

Inspection team:

One inspector carried out this inspection.

Service and service type:

The service is a home care agency. It provides personal care to people living in their own home.

CQC only inspects the personal care service received by people, that is help with tasks related to personal hygiene and eating.

The service had a manager registered with CQC. This means that they and the provider are legally responsible for how the service is run and for the quality and safety of the care provided.

Notice of inspection:

We gave the service four days’ notice of the inspection visit because it is a small service. We needed to be sure the provider and registered manager would be available to speak with us.

Inspection activity started on 16 May 2019 and ended on 17 May 2019. We spoke with a family member by phone on 16 May. On 17 May we visited the provider’s office and one person in their home.

What we did:

We require providers to send us key information about their service, what they do well, and improvements they plan to make. We call this the Provider Information Return. This information helps support our inspections. We reviewed this information before the inspection.

During the inspection we observed the care and support of one person and spoke with family members of both people. We spoke with the provider, registered manager and two members of staff. We reviewed records about the care and support of both people, recruitment records for two members of staff, and other records related to the running of the service.

Overall inspection


Updated 28 June 2019

About the service:

Southern Healthcare Specialists is a home care service. At the time of our inspection it provided personal care services to two people in their own home. The service had been set up to allow them to live independently with complex needs related to their learning and physical disabilities.

For more details, please see the full report which is on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website at www.cqc.org.uk.

People’s experience of using this service:

People received a service that was safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.

The service had the characteristics of a good service in all areas.

One person’s family member said they “could not be happier” with the service that had been developed from nothing in a short time.

There were detailed and individual assessments to guide staff to protect people from risks to their safety and wellbeing.

There were detailed and individual care plans to guide staff to support people according to their needs and choices.

Staff had developed caring relationships with people they supported.

People’s care and support was focused on them living as full and independent a life as possible.

The provider assessed and met people’s individual communication needs and responded quickly when people’s needs changed.

Rating at last inspection:

This was Southern Healthcare Specialists’ first inspection.

Why we inspected:

This was a routine comprehensive inspection carried out within our published timeframe for newly registered services.

Follow up:

We did not identify any concerns at this inspection. We will therefore re-inspect this service within our published timeframe for services rated good. We will continue to monitor the service through the information we receive.