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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 Leycester House 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 Leycester House, you can give feedback on this service.

Inspection carried out on 22 December 2020

During an inspection looking at part of the service

Leycester House is a care home which provides accommodation, personal and nursing care for up to 78 people, including people living with dementia. At the time of our inspection 60 people lived at the home.

We found the following examples of good practice.

Prominent signage directed visitors to the home's procedures and provided visual reminders for staff on hand washing techniques, making space and the correct order for putting on and taking off their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Face masks and aprons were provided to visitors and their temperatures taken on arrival. All visitors were required to sign a health declaration.

People were supported to take part in events which included a choir practice where the teacher lead the practice session virtually and people practised Christmas songs. Gazebos were used in the garden during warmer weather and a self contained chalet style building was available for indoor visits. This had two separate entrances, an automatic sanitising system and was partitioned, which provided a safe and warm area for visits all year round.

People were supported to stay in touch with their families through face time and telephone calls during visiting restrictions. Regular updates were shared with relatives by email and video calls with senior management.

Staff were trained in infection control and how to use PPE safely. The manager provided mini workshops to staff to share information about testing and vaccinations.

Inspection carried out on 28 January 2020

During a routine inspection

About the service

Leycester House is a nursing home providing accommodation and nursing care in one adapted building over three floors. The maximum number of people the home can accommodate is 78. There were 74 people living at the home at the time of our inspection visit, some of whom were living with dementia.

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

Building a sense of community where people could have fun and enjoy spending time with each other and their visitors, was central to the caring ethos of the home. People and their relatives were extremely positive about the caring attitude of staff and how it impacted on their sense of wellbeing. Staff were careful to respect people’s need for privacy and took time to know people as individuals which ensured they felt valued. Staff and managers understood the importance of promoting equality and human rights and had a caring approach which was tolerant and non-discriminatory. People and relatives felt involved and listened to when it came to making decisions about their care.

There were enough suitably skilled and experienced staff on duty to meet people’s care and support needs safely and effectively. Procedures were in place to identify and manage risks to people and staff understood their role in keeping people safe from harm. People’s medicines were managed, stored and administered safely. Accidents, incidents and falls were recorded, and actions taken to minimise the risks of a re-occurrence. The registered manager encouraged a culture where staff could learn from their mistakes.

People’s needs were met effectively because staff had the necessary skills and experience and received appropriate training and support from the registered manager. People were offered food and drink which met their nutrition and hydration needs. Staff supported people to maintain their physical and sensory health and referred them to other health professionals to ensure their healthcare needs were met. 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.

Care plans provided staff with detailed information to enable them to deliver person focused care. People and relatives told us staff were responsive to their needs because they had enough time to spend with people and get to know their individual preferences for care. People were offered opportunities to meet their individual cultural, psychological, spiritual, emotional and social needs. People and their relatives had been asked about their wishes for end of life care.

People and their relatives were very positive about the care provided at Leycester House and the registered manager who they described as visible and ready to listen. Staff shared the registered manager’s values and motivation to ensure positive outcomes for people. The provider had a strong framework of checks and audits to monitor risks and performance to understand where improvements were required

For more details see the full report which is on the CQC website at

Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was Good (published 26 April 2017).

Why we inspected

This was a planned inspection based on the previous rating.

Follow up

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service until we return to visit as per our reinspection programme. If we receive any concerning information we may inspect sooner.