A Coventry care provider who cares for nearly 120 people with learning disabilities and autism and was declared unfit by a government watchdog remains in special measures after inspectors visited. It follows a March inspection of the Life Path Trust, which is headquartered in Walsgrave Road, by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The latest inspection started on March 15 this year and ended on April 6 and followed a previous inspection and report issued in October 2021. The March inspection report was released in early June.
The inspection report stated: “The last rating of this service was inadequate (published on October 26, 2021). During our last inspection, we found violations of regulations relating to safe care and treatment, protection of people from the risk of abuse, the need for consent, treatment of people with dignity and respect and good governance of the service.
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“The supplier developed an action plan after the last inspection to tell us what it would do and when to improve. During this inspection, we found that the supplier continued to violate regulations.”
The latest report details how Life Path Trust is an assisted living service providing personal care. The service provides support for people with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.
At the time of the last inspection, 117 people were using the service. A total of 45 people using the service were receiving personal care.
Not everyone who uses the service receives personal care and the Care Quality Commission only inspects the service received by people who receive help with personal care. This includes help with tasks related to personal hygiene and eating.
Latest findings from inspectors
The March inspection looked at people’s experience of using the service. Inspectors reported what they found.
They said: “We expect health and social care providers to ensure people with autism and people with learning disabilities have the choices, dignity, independence and good access to local communities that most people take for granted Good support, good care, good culture are the statutory guidelines that help the CQC assess and make judgments about support services for people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people.
“The service was unable to demonstrate how it met some of the underlying principles of ‘good support, good care, good culture’.”
The CQC found the vendor inadequate overall and inadequate in three of the five areas it questioned. In two areas, he said it needed improvement.
The CQC said it asked if the service was safe, efficient, caring, responsive and well-run. He judged it to be inadequate in terms of safety, efficiency and good direction – and that it needed improvement in terms of friendliness and responsiveness.
In the previous inspection, the service was found to be inadequate in all areas except responsiveness, where it needed improvement.
What happens next
The latest report indicated what could happen next for the Life Path Trust.
He said: “The overall rating for this service is inadequate and the service remains under special measures. This means that we will keep the service under review and re-inspect within six months of the date of publication of this report to verify the significant improvements.
“If the registered provider has not made sufficient improvements within this timeframe and there is still an inadequate rating for a key issue, we will take action in accordance with our application procedures. This generally means that if we have not already done so, we will initiate processes that will prevent the provider from continuing to operate the service.
“For adult social services, the maximum time to be in special measures will generally be 12 months.”