Kirkside Lodge Residential Home in Kirkstall rated ‘good’

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Kirkside Lodge Residential Care Home in Kirkstall has been rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – after the regulator received concerns about the management of physical interventions such as restraint, writes Keely Bannister.

The published report explains that the CQC carried out an inspection to see if the home was safe and well-led:

“The inspection was prompted in part due to concerns received about the  management of physical interventions such as restraint. As a result, we undertook a focused inspection to review the Key Questions of Safe and Well-led only.

“We reviewed the information we held about the service. No areas of concern were identified in the other Key Questions. We therefore did not inspect them. Ratings from previous comprehensive inspections for those Key Questions were used in calculating the overall rating at this inspection.”

To aid the inspection, the regulator spoke to all levels of management, residents, advocates and health professionals as well as reviewing various records including staffing and residents’ care records.

The inspection gave the rating of ‘Good’ to the question of whether the service was safe meaning that “people were safe and protected from avoidable harm”.

 ‘Good’ was also the mark given to answer whether the service was well-led which means that “leaders and the culture they created promoted high-quality, person-centred care”.

Kirkside Lodge is a service which provides assisted living for eight adults who have a learning disability and/or are on the autism spectrum. 

The report concluded:

“People were happy at the service; they said they enjoyed life and the support they received was good. Staff were kind and caring and had developed positive relationships with people.

“The service delivered safe care and made sure risks to people’s health and safety were managed well. Systems were in place to ensure people were protected from harm. Staff showed a good understanding of how to protect people from harm. Staffing numbers were sufficient to keep people safe.

“The provider followed safe recruitment procedures to ensure staff employed were suitable for their role. Medicines were managed safely. “

You can view all the inspection reports of Kirkside Lodge by the Care Quality Commission by visiting their website.


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