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Helping Hands Chipping Sodbury Good

Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 22 May 2019

About the service:

This service is a domiciliary care agency. It provides the regulated activity personal care to people living in their own homes. At the time of our inspection 40 people were receiving the regulated activity of which we inspect against.

People’s experience of using this service: The feedback we received from people was good. Staff we spoke with enjoyed working for the service and supporting people in the community. People and staff were happy to contribute to the inspection and share their views and experiences.

The service was safe and risks to people were managed well. Staff knew how to protect people from harm and had received safeguarding training. There were enough staff employed to help keep people safe and to meet their needs. We found that recruitment practices were safe and relevant checks were completed before staff started work at the service. There were systems in place to ensure medicines were managed safely. Staff followed the providers infection control policy and procedure to limit the risks of cross infection.

The service was effective in meeting people’s needs. Staff received regular supervision and support. The annual training programme equipped staff with essential skills and knowledge. Arrangements were made for people to see a GP and other healthcare professionals when they needed to do so. People were supported to have maximum choice and control of the support they required.

The service was caring and people were treated with kindness and respect. Staff were caring and spoke about people positively. They took an interest in the people they supported, including their life histories, the things they liked and didn't like and the people who were important to them. Independence was encouraged and supported.

Helping Hands provided a responsive service to meet people’s health and social needs. They received person-centred care and support. Regular monitoring and reviews meant that referrals had been made to appropriate health and social care professionals. Where necessary care and support had been changed to accurately reflect people's needs and improve their health and wellbeing. The service supported people who wanted to die at home with the support of other community health professionals. People were encouraged to make their views known and the service responded by making changes.

The service was well led. People received a good standard of care because the management team led by example and had expectations about the standards of care people should receive. Staff were enthusiastic and happy in their work. They felt supported within their roles. Staff described working together as a team, they provided person-centred care and helped people to achieve their potential. Systems were in place to monitor the quality and safety of the service and the care people received.

Rating at last inspection: Good (report published October 2016)

Why we inspected: This was a planned inspection based on previous rating.

Follow up: We will continue to monitor the service through the information we receive. We will visit the service in line with our inspection schedule, or sooner if required.

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

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 22 May 2019

The service was safe.

Details are in our Safe findings below.

Effective

Good

Updated 22 May 2019

The service was effective.

Details are in our Safe findings below.

Caring

Good

Updated 22 May 2019

The service was caring.

Details are in our Safe findings below.

Responsive

Good

Updated 22 May 2019

The service was responsive.

Details are in our Safe findings below.

Well-led

Good

Updated 22 May 2019

The service was well-led.

Details are in our Safe findings below.