• Community
  • Community substance misuse service

Drug & Alcohol Service Reading

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

4 Waylen Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7UR 07966 694184

Provided and run by:
Change, Grow, Live

All Inspections

2 June 2021

During a routine inspection

This service had not previously been rated.

We rated this location as good because:

  • The service provided safe care. The premises where clients were seen were safe and clean. The number of clients on the caseload of the teams, and of individual members of staff, was not too high to prevent staff from giving each client the time they needed. Staff assessed and managed risk well and followed good practice with respect to safeguarding.
  • Staff developed holistic, recovery-oriented care plans informed by a comprehensive assessment. They provided a range of treatments suitable to the needs of the clients and in line with national guidance about best practice.
  • The teams included or had access to the full range of specialists required to meet the needs of clients under their care. Managers ensured that these staff received training, supervision and appraisal. Staff worked well together as a multidisciplinary team and with relevant services outside the organisation.
  • Staff treated clients with compassion, kindness and understood the individual needs of clients. They actively involved clients in decisions and care planning. Clients accessed a service user forum, which was used to provide feedback about the service they received.
  • The service was easy to access. Staff planned and managed discharge well and had alternative pathways for people whose needs it could not meet.
  • The service was well led, and the governance processes ensured that its procedures ran smoothly.


  • Records were not always detailed, concise or stored in the correct sections of the client’s care and treatment records.