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Review carried out on 9 September 2021

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about Care Forum (MK) on 9 September 2021. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.

This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.

If you have concerns about Care Forum (MK), you can give feedback on this service.

Inspection carried out on 30 May 2019

During a routine inspection

About the service

Care Forum (MK) is a domiciliary care agency providing personal care to children, young people and adults.

Not everyone who used the service received personal care. CQC only inspects where people receive personal care. This is help with tasks related to personal hygiene and eating. Where they do we also consider any wider social care provided.

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

Young people and their families received exceptionally high-quality, person-centred care from an extremely caring and exceedingly well-led service. Young people with a wide range of needs were supported by staff to lead full, interesting and meaningful lives. Support for the young person also resulted in families having much-needed opportunities for a break. We saw that young people had excellent, warm, caring relationships with the staff and enjoyed their company.

Staff had high regard for the safety of the young people they were supporting. They undertook training in safeguarding and protecting young people from abuse and avoidable harm and were confident to report any concerns. Young people were pro-actively supported to take risks safely. There were enough staff to keep young people safe and recruitment ensured that staff were suitable to work at this service. Medicines were given safely. Communication and sharing of information was very good and lessons learnt when things went wrong.

Staff were exceptionally kind, compassionate and caring. They provided fully personalised support that focussed on what the young person and their family wanted. Staff fully understood how to support young people’s privacy and dignity and they encouraged young people to be as independent as possible. Staff supported people 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.

A team of highly motivated and dedicated staff provided a service that was fully responsive to the needs of each young person and their family. Staff had ‘gone the extra mile’ on numerous occasions, often in their own time, to make sure that young people were able to fulfil their wishes and dreams.

The service was exceptionally well-led by a registered manager who inspired the staff team to put the people they were supporting at the heart of everything they did. The provider’s values were put into practice by the staff and governance systems ensured the service provided was of the highest possible quality. Young people, their relatives and staff were always involved in improving all aspects of running the service and their voices were heard.

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 outstanding (report published 20 October 2016).

Why we inspected

This was a planned inspection based on the previous rating.

You can read the report from our last comprehensive inspection, by selecting the ‘all reports’ link for Care Forum (MK) 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.

Inspection carried out on 20 September 2016

During a routine inspection

This inspection took place on 20 and 22 September 2016 and was announced.

Care Forum (MK) provides care for children and young adults with physical and learning disabilities, who may also exhibit behaviour which challenges. Care is provided in both the community and in people's own homes across Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire. On the day of our inspection approximately 80 people were receiving a service which involved a regulated activity.

The service had a registered manager. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission 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.

People’s experiences of care were overwhelmingly positive. They told us that they were consistently looked after by staff that were exceptionally caring, understanding and compassionate. People felt like they mattered, they told us that staff were patient, and demonstrated empathy in how they spoke with people. The service had received numerous compliments for their caring ethos, which meant that people felt part of an extended caring family. Staff supported people and their relatives to fully engage in discussions about their care and support. They worked proactively to help people to make choices and decisions about their care and lifestyle, to be as independent as possible, find work and learn new skills. Staff knew each person as an individual and what mattered to them.

Privacy and dignity was respected by staff with whom positive relationships had been formed and who promoted individuality. Staff were committed to taking action, to uphold the ten good practice steps of dignity in care to demonstrate compassion and respect for people. Information was produced in easy read format to enable people to participate fully in their care. Staff intuitively explored alternative communication methods for those people who were non-verbal to enable them to be involved in their own care planning.

People’s needs were comprehensively assessed and intervention and treatment plans gave clear guidance on how people were to be supported. Care was personalised so that each person’s support reflected their preferences. We saw that people were at the centre of their care and found clear evidence that their care and support was planned with them and not for them. People were supported to attend a range of educational, occupational and leisure activities as well as being able to develop their own independent living skills. The service was flexible and adapted to people's changing needs and desires, enabling positive outcomes for all concerned. Each person was treated as an individual and as a result their care was tailored to meet their exact needs.

People, relatives and staff were very positive about the leadership of the service and about the support they were able to provide for people with complex healthcare needs. Staff demonstrated a passion and commitment to providing excellent care that supported people to be independent. People told us the service engaged consistently and meaningfully with families. Relatives reported feeling involved and being part of an extended family. They told us that the service was responsive, open and transparent and they felt actively involved in all aspects of their family members care. We found the service had a positive culture that was person centred, inclusive and empowering.

The service was exceptionally well led by a dedicated registered manager, who was very well supported by a forward thinking and self-motivated management team. The culture and ethos within the service was transparent and empowering; staff told us that they were hugely proud to work for the service and wanted it to be the very best it could be.

Best practice guidelines were followed and the

Inspection carried out on 3 April 2013

During a routine inspection

We spoke with the parents of two children who used the service. They told us that the carers were reliable and knew their children well. One person said of the carers �it is important that they understand my child�s needs�.

We found that the staff were trained to meet the needs of the children. We found that there were risk assessments and care plans in place that helped the staff to protect the children from harm and provide care that would meet their needs.