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Liberty House

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

Goodison Boulevard, Doncaster, DN4 6EJ (01302) 952005

Provided and run by:
Runwood Homes Limited

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Background to this inspection

Updated 14 October 2023

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 Health and Social Care Act 2008.

As part of this inspection, we looked at the infection control and prevention measures in place. This was conducted so we can understand the preparedness of the service in preventing or managing an infection outbreak, and to identify good practice we can share with other services.

Inspection team

The first day of inspection was carried out by 2 inspectors and an Expert by Experience. An Expert by Experience is a person who has personal experience of using or caring for someone who uses this type of care service. The second day of inspection was carried out by a medicine’s inspector.

Service and service type

Liberty House is a ‘care home’. People in care homes receive accommodation and nursing and/or personal care as a single package under one contractual agreement dependent on their registration with us. Liberty House is a care home without nursing care. CQC regulates both the premises and the care provided, and both were looked at during this inspection.

Registered Manager

This provider is required to have a registered manager to oversee the delivery of regulated activities at this location. A registered manager is a person who has registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Registered managers and providers are legally responsible for how the service is run, for the quality and safety of the care provided and compliance with regulations.

At the time of our inspection there was a manager in post who was in the process of registering with CQC.

Notice of inspection

This inspection was unannounced.

Inspection activity started on 28 September 2013 and ended on 9 October 2023. We visited the service on 28 September 2023 and 2 October 2023.

What we did before the inspection

We reviewed information we had received about the service since the last inspection. We sought feedback from the local authority and professionals who work with the service. We used the information the provider sent us in the provider information return (PIR). This is information providers are required to send us annually with key information about their service, what they do well, and improvements they plan to make. We used all this information to plan our inspection.

During the inspection

We spoke with 6 people who used the service and 3 relatives to gain their experience of the care provided. We spoke with 10 members of staff including the manager, care team leaders, care workers and ancillary staff. In addition, 2 healthcare professionals gave us feedback on their experience of the service. We reviewed a range of records, including people's care records and medicine records. We looked at 3 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.

We used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us.

Overall inspection


Updated 14 October 2023

About the service

Liberty House is a residential care home providing accommodation and personal care to up to 81 people. Some people living at the home were living with dementia. At the time of our inspection there were 70 people using the service.

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

Risks associated with people’s care were identified and managed safely. Staff knew people well and could describe what support people required. People were safeguarded from the risk of abuse. Accidents and incidents were monitored and evaluated to mitigate future occurrences.

People received their medicines as prescribed, by staff who were trained and competent to administer medicines safely.

People were protected from the risk and spread of infection. The home was clean, well presented and maintained. The provider had a safe recruitment procedure in place. There were sufficient staff available to meet people’s needs and respond to people in a timely way.

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.

There had been recent changes in the management team and a new manager had been in post approximately 4 weeks. The new manager had started to make improvements and further embed management systems in to practice. Audits had been completed and actions identified. An overarching home action plan was in place and the new manager was working to achieve positive outcomes.

Person centred care was promoted throughout the home. We observed staff interacting with people in a caring and supportive way.

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

Rating at last inspection

The last rating for this service was good (published 30 April 2022).

Why we inspected

The inspection was prompted due to concerns received about areas of concern such as medicines, management and leadership, and person centred care. A decision was made for us to inspect and examine those risks.

We looked at infection prevention and control measures under the Safe key question. We look at this in all care home inspections even if no concerns or risks have been identified. This is to provide assurance that the service can respond to COVID-19 and other infection outbreaks effectively.

We found no evidence during this inspection that people were at risk of harm from this concern. Please see the safe and well led sections of this full report.

For those key questions not inspected, we used the ratings awarded at the last inspection to calculate the overall rating. The overall rating for the service has remained good, based on the findings of this inspection.

You can read the report from our last comprehensive inspection, by selecting the ‘all reports’ link for Liberty House on our website at www.cqc.org.uk.

Follow up

We will continue to monitor information we receive about the service, which will help inform when we next inspect.