Top marks for scheme

A County Council scheme which provides supported living placements, respite care and outreach services for people with learning disabilities in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, has been given top marks by government inspectors.

The Adult Placement Scheme underwent a routine inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and was found to be performing well in all aspects of the inspection.

The scheme provides support for 38 carers who provide permanent placements, respite care and outreach support to 50 people with a range of learning difficulties in the two districts.

CQC inspectors spoke to carers and service user and staff involved with the scheme. The inspection team concluded that: “We found the scheme to be well managed and organised. Good systems were in place for record keeping and quality monitoring. Care records and the training offered enabled carers to support people well.”

Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Councillor Martin Curtis, who represents Whittlesey North, said: “The very positive outcome of this inspection is a tribute to all the staff involved with the Adult Placement Scheme and I am delighted that service users and carers made such positive comments about the support and services they receive.”

Routine inspections by CQC check that essential standards of quality and safety are being met. The Fenland and East Cambridgeshire Scheme was found to be meeting all the set standards that were inspected.