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Meridian Health and Social Care - Blackpool

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

13-17, All Hallows Road, Bispham, Blackpool, FY2 0AS (01253) 592400

Provided and run by:
Meridian Health and Social Care Limited

Important: The provider of this service changed - see old profile

All Inspections

6 July 2023

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about Meridian Health and Social Care - Blackpool on 6 July 2023. 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.

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16 March 2022

During a routine inspection

About the service

This service is a domiciliary care agency. It provides personal care to people living in their own houses and flats. At the time of the inspection the agency supported 106 people.

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 we spoke with were positive about the agency and the support provided. For example, one person said, “They are a good agency, I couldn’t survive without them. The attitude of the staff is first class.” Staff were recruited safely and staff were deployed to suit specific needs of people. Staff demonstrated a good understanding about safeguarding people from the risk of abuse and training was provided and regularly updated. Staff managed medicines according to national guidelines. Support for people was planned to ensure the persons needs and wishes were considered. Risks were assessed in the individual homes and person centred to ensure people were protected and could be supported safely. Staff were provided with personal protective equipment to protect people and themselves from the spread of infection. One staff member said, “We have no shortages of PPE.”

People received support with their healthcare and nutritional needs. 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. Staff training was ongoing and comments from staff were positive about access and continued access to courses. Staff we spoke with confirmed this.

People supported by the agency told us staff and the management team who visited them were polite, reliable and professional in their approach to their work. Staff supported people to attend healthcare appointments if necessary.

The service had a complaints procedure which was made available to people they supported. People we spoke with told us they knew how to make a complaint if they had any concerns.

The management team had auditing systems to maintain ongoing oversight of the service and make improvements where necessary. Quality assurance processes ensured people were able to give their views of the service and improvements made when they were identified.

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

Rating at last inspection

The service was registered with us on 12/10/2020 and this is the first inspection.

Why we inspected

This was a planned first inspection based on their registration.

We looked at infection prevention and control measures under the Safe key question. We look at this in all 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

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.