Surrey Choices Short Breaks Banstead and Shared Lives service receive ‘Good’ ratings from Care Quality Commission!
Shared Lives is a national scheme that offers a unique and community-based model of care and support. We run Shared Lives in Surrey and the surrounding area. Shared Lives Carers open their home, family and community life to sharing it with an adult in need of support. The team were really pleased after their inspection on Monday 2 December 2019 to see that their dedication and passion paid off, and they continue to strive to deliver a Good service.
Key findings highlighted in CQC’s report included:
“Safeguarding systems, processes and practices were in place to protect people from the risk of abuse. Shared lives carers received safeguarding training as part of their pre-approval training. All staff and carers were required to update their safeguarding training regularly.
Staff and Shared Lives Carers understood both the importance of technology in enabling people to communicate and how for many it was their preferred method. They embraced technology and used it to enhance people’s communication. Staff also understood how technology could promote people’s independence.”
Our Short Breaks, Banstead team also had an inspection from the Care Quality Commission in October 2019, we are delighted that the team have received a ‘Good’ rating.
Short Breaks Banstead provide respite for those with care and support needs, working with families to create a personalised support plan for the person the team is supporting to offer a high quality level of care. Following on from the inspection on Thursday 10 October 2019, the team are very pleased that their hard work has paid off from previously receiving the ‘Requires Improvement’ rating to now being ‘Good’.
Short Breaks Banstead is just a short walk from the town centre, where there are lots of shops and things to do. The service offers six bright, modern bedrooms and the property is wheelchair accessible with profile beds if required. The needs of the people who use the service are fully met and opportunities provided to enhance their lives was highlighted within the CQC report:
“The service has been developed and designed in line with the principles and values that underpin Registering the Right Support and other best practice guidance. This ensures that people who use the service can live as full a life as possible and achieve the best possible outcomes. The principles reflect the need for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live meaningful lives that include control, choice, and independence.”
Congratulations and well done to the Shared Lives and Short Breaks teams for their continued great practice.