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Thorncliffe Home Care

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

North East Business & Innovation Centre, Sunderland, SR5 2TA (0191) 516 6777

Provided and run by:
Thorncliffe Home Care Limited

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Background to this inspection

Updated 19 November 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. We checked whether the provider was meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Act. We looked at the overall quality of the service and provided a rating for the service under the Care Act 2014.

Inspection team

One inspector carried out this inspection.

Service and service type

This service is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to people living in their own houses.

The service had a manager registered with the Care Quality Commission. 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 48 hours’ notice of the inspection. This was because we needed to be sure that the provider or registered manager would be in the office to support the inspection.

Inspection activity started on 19 September 2019 and ended on 10 October 2019. We visited the office location on 10 October 2019.

What we did before inspection

We reviewed information we had received about the service since the last inspection. We sought feedback from the local authority and Healthwatch. Healthwatch is an independent consumer champion that gathers and represents the views of the public about health and social care services in England. We used the information the provider sent us in the provider information return. This is information providers are required to send us with key information about their service, what they do well, and improvements they plan to make. This information helps support our inspections. We used all of this information to plan our inspection.

During the inspection

We spoke with 14 people who used the service and eight relatives about their experience of the care provided. We spoke with four members of staff including the registered manager and care workers.

We reviewed a range of records. This included four people’s care records and multiple medication records. We looked at five staff files in relation to recruitment and staff supervision. A variety of records relating to the management of the service, including policies and procedures were reviewed.

Overall inspection


Updated 19 November 2019

About the service

Thorncliffe Homecare is a domiciliary care agency that was providing personal care to around 90 older people at the time of the inspection.

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

People confirmed they received good care and staff were caring and considerate.

People felt safe using the service. Staff knew about the provider's safeguarding and whistle blowing procedures including how to report concerns.

Staff were punctual and reliable. The provider followed safe recruitment processes when recruiting new staff.

Medicines were managed safely. Incidents and accidents were thoroughly investigated.

Staff were well supported and received the training they needed. Staff supported people to have enough to eat and drink in line with their needs and wishes.

People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible and in their best interests; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.

People’s needs had been assessed to identify their care needs and preferences. The assessment was used to develop personalised care plans. People knew how to raise concerns and felt able to do so if required.

The provider had a structured approach to quality assurance which included checks of people’s care. People and staff said the service was managed well and management were approachable. People and staff could share their views about the service and these were listened to.

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

Rating at last inspection (and update)

This service was registered with us on 29 May 2019 and this is the first inspection.

Why we inspected

This was a planned inspection.

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.