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A review of one or more of the ratings contained within the inspection report has been carried out at the request of the provider. Further to the review the ratings within this report have changed.

Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Outstanding

Updated 28 July 2017

Applegate House is a care service providing accommodation and personalised support for up to six younger adults with autistic spectrum conditions, learning disabilities and complex needs, based in the local community of Barton-upon-Humber.

It is an autism specific transitional service where life-long learning can be developed further, including social and domestic skills, along with community and leisure facility access. Based on the philosophy of the organisation, ‘Fitting a service around you, not fitting you within a service,’ flexible staffing and personalised programmes enabled and promoted people to live as independently as possible. This philosophy was embraced by the staff team and drove staff practice in their delivery of care.

Accommodation is provided in six self-contained flats each with a bedroom, en-suite bathroom, kitchen/diner and lounge.

At the last inspection, the service was rated Outstanding.

At this inspection we found the service remained Outstanding.

We saw the provider was committed to personalising the services they provided and also to following the recommendations outlined in ‘Putting People First’ (a shared vision in transforming adult social care to put people first through a radical reform of public services, enabling people to live their own lives as they wish, confident that services are of high quality, are safe and promote their own individual needs for independence, well-being and dignity.) and the Autism Act (2009). The service was accredited with the National Autistic Society (NAS), which drove best practice to deliver outstanding care to people who used the service.

There was a strong person-centred culture apparent within the service. Person centred means care is tailored to meet the needs and aspirations of each individual. Positive risk taking was driven throughout the organisation, balancing the potential benefits and risks choosing particular actions over others, in order to support people to lead fulfilling lives in as ordinary a way as possible. In delivering this consistent approach people were supported to try new things and make positive changes in their lives. The provider, the registered manager and the staff team all had an excellent understanding of positive risk management and supported people that had previously challenged services to reach their full potential.

An outstanding feature of the service was the time invested developing the service to accommodate the changing needs of the people who used the service, using innovative and flexible ways to move people forward. The registered provider was seen to constantly adapt and strive to ensure people were able to achieve their full potential.

The registered manager demonstrated strong values and a desire to continue to learn about and implement best practice throughout the service and also shared their skills to support other registered providers to develop their services.

We found personalised programmes and flexible staffing arrangements enabled people to learn to live fulfilled and meaningful lives. Staff knew people well and were skilled at ensuring people were safe whist encouraging them to stretch their potential and achieve as much independence as possible. Care plans had been developed to provide guidance for staff to support in the positive management of behaviours that may challenge the service and others. This was based on least restrictive practice guidance to support people safety.

Robust systems were in place to protect people from the risk of harm or abuse. People who used the service were supported by staff who understood the importance of protecting them from harm. Staff had received training in how to identify abuse and report this to the appropriate authorities. Staff were recruited in a safe way and all checks were in place before they started work. The staff had received an induction and essential training at the beginning of their employment and we saw this had been followed by periodic refr

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 28 July 2017

The service remains good.

Effective

Outstanding

Updated 28 July 2017

The service remains outstanding.

Caring

Outstanding

Updated 28 July 2017

The service remains outstanding.

Responsive

Good

Updated 28 July 2017

Responsive the service remains good.

Well-led

Outstanding

Updated 28 July 2017

The service was outstanding.

The service was well led. The leadership, management and governance of the service were outstanding and assured the delivery of high-quality, person centred care which supported learning and innovation.

The culture of the service was honest, open and inclusive, which enabled staff to raise concerns. There was a range of methods for staff and people who used the service to be included in the development of the service and to express their views.

Staff were well�motivated, worked well together as a team and were dedicated to providing person-centred care and supporting people to achieve their potential. National guidance in supporting people with a learning disability and autistic spectrum disorder was promoted.