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Overall summary & rating


Updated 25 February 2020

About the service

Sheringham House provides accommodation and personal care for up to 10 people aged between 18 and 65 years, who have a learning disability and autism. At the time of our inspection, the service was full. Sheringham House is one of several small homes owned by Aitch Care Homes (London) Limited.

The service was a large home, bigger than most domestic style properties. It was registered for the support of up to 10 people. This is larger than current best practice guidance. However. the size of the service having a negative impact on people was mitigated by the building design fitting into the residential area and the other large domestic homes of a similar size. There were deliberately no identifying signs, intercom, cameras, industrial bins or anything else outside to indicate it was a care home. Staff were also discouraged from wearing anything that suggested they were care staff when coming and going with people.

The service applied the principles and values of Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. These ensure that people who use the service can live as full a life as possible and achieve the best possible outcomes that include control, choice and independence.

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

People were safe at Sheringham House. Staff knew their responsibilities in relation to keeping people safe from the risk of abuse. Risks were appropriately assessed and mitigated to ensure people were safe. Medicines were managed well so people received their medicines as prescribed.

The provider continued to operate robust recruitment and selection procedures to make sure staff were suitable and safe to work with people. Staff received training, support and supervision to enable them to carry out their roles safely.

People's support plans clearly detailed their care and support needs. People and their relatives were fully involved with the care planning process. The service had developed support plans which clearly detailed people’s likes, dislikes and preferences. Care had been delivered in line with people’s choices. People received the support they needed to stay healthy and to access healthcare services. These were reviewed regularly. Staff supported people to maintain a balanced diet and monitor their nutritional health.

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. We observed people’s rights, their dignity and privacy were respected.

People knew how to complain and felt confident any concerns would be listened and responded to by the provider.

There was a positive leadership in the service. The service was well led by a management team who led by example and had embedded an open and honest culture. Effective governance systems to monitor performance continued to be operation in the service.

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 Good (published 11 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 re-inspection programme. If we receive any concerning information we may inspect sooner.

Inspection areas



Updated 25 February 2020

The service was safe.

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Updated 25 February 2020

The service was effective.

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Updated 25 February 2020

The service was caring.

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Updated 25 February 2020

The service was responsive.

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Updated 25 February 2020

The service was well-led.

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