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The Meath Epilepsy Charity rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

14 September 2016
The Meath Epilepsy Charity
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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated the care provided by The Meath Epilepsy Charity in Godalming, Surrey as Outstanding overall, following an inspection in June 2016.

Inspectors rated The Meath Epilepsy Charity Outstanding for being responsive to people’s needs and well-led, and Good for being safe, effective and caring.

The care home specialises in providing accommodation and care for adults who are living with epilepsy and may have associated learning and or physical disabilities.

A full report of the inspection has been published today.

Gale Stirling, Head of Inspection for Adult Social Care, said:

“We have found that The Meath Epilepsy Charity delivers an exceptional standard of care. There was excellent feedback from people and family members which showed staff made a positive difference to people’s lives.

“There was a real commitment to provide high quality care and support. All the staff should feel proud of the work they do and of the outstanding support they provide.

“We were especially pleased by how people were involved in every aspect of their care and how the service encouraged and supported people to challenge perceptions and limitations of living with epilepsy.”

The report highlights a number of areas of outstanding practice, including:

  • Staff supported people needs and aspirations through a wide range of activities. Activities were based on people’s hobbies and interests, including gardening, swimming and horseback riding. The extreme sports group called ‘Meath Extreme’ also ran activities such as abseiling, sky diving and rock climbing. Each activity had been individually risk assessed and alternate options were available for those unable to participate.
  • The service encouraged people to develop community links. Enterprises such as The ARTHOUSE Meath and Changing Perceptions encouraged people to build on their confidence and abilities.
  • The service was committed to contributing to research and raising the public profile of people living with epilepsy. The service also worked with other organisations to share specialist advice and good practice


For further information please contact CQC Regional Engagement Officer Farrah Chandra on 07917 594 574 or, for media enquiries, call the press office on 020 7448 9401 during office hours. Journalists wishing to speak to the press office outside of office hours can find out how to contact the team here. (Please note: the duty press officer is unable to advise members of the public on health or social care matters). For general enquiries, please call 03000 61 61 61

Last updated:
29 May 2017

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