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Community & mental health inspection reports for Witham Court can be found at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Inspection carried out on 10 July 2013

During a routine inspection

Many of the people who were on the ward had dementia and found it difficult to talk to us about their care. In order to assist us in our inspection we were accompanied by an expert by experience. Experts by experience have experience in the area of care being inspected and were able to spend time with people to obtain their views. We spoke with staff and looked at records.

We found in the care plans evidence people had been consulted about their care.

To help us to understand people's experiences we used our Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI) tool. The tool allows us to spend time observing and helps us to record how people spend their time. We carried out the tool for an hour and observed three people. We observed that interactions by staff with people were positive.

We saw the ward had dementia friendly signs and decorations to assist people to find their way around the ward.

We observed care and saw staff supported people to move at their own pace and safely.

We observed a staff member carrying out activities with a group of people.

We looked at consent and discussed this with staff. Staff were able to tell us about consent. We observed staff asked people if they wanted support before providing it. People told us, "They are good, they tell me about my treatment and give me support when I don�t understand."

When we spoke with staff they told us they had received training to enable them to provide appropriate care to people.