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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 12 June 2013
Date of Publication: 20 July 2013
Inspection Report published 20 July 2013 PDF | 78.54 KB

People should be cared for by staff who are properly qualified and able to do their job (outcome 12)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are safe and their health and welfare needs are met by staff who are fit, appropriately qualified and are physically and mentally able to do their job.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 12 June 2013, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We spoke with one or more advocates for people who use services, talked with people who use the service and talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were cared for, or supported by, suitably qualified, skilled and experienced staff.

Reasons for our judgement

Effective staff recruitment and selection processes were in place and all required pre employment checks had been carried out before staff started working at the unit.

We spoke with the unit matron and unit manager in order to assess this standard. We were also provided with information about the recruitment checks which had been carried out for a sample of staff with different roles and responsibilities within the unit.

During our visit we spoke with staff who were able to describe the recruitment and selection process they had gone through for their role. The staff confirmed they had undergone identity and professional registration checks, for example providing proof of address and professional qualifications.

At the time of our visit we were not able to view staff personnel files for evidence of recruitment procedures as these were held electronically by the external provider. The information we required was subsequently obtained by the service Matron and we received written confirmation that all required checks on identity and professional registration had been carried out in appropriate time scales for the all staff working at the Kevin White Unit.