Newton Dee – a supportive & caring communityType: News
Topic: Care regulation
Community: Newton Dee
Published on: 17th March 2020
In November 2019 the Care Inspectorate made an unannounced inspection of Camphill Newton Dee’s housing support service. The inspection focused on 2 aspects of care provision, namely:
- Quality of care and support
- Quality of management and leadership
Camphill Newton Dee graded as Very Good (Grade 5)
Newton Dee received Very Good (Grade 5) inspection reports on both the quality of care & support and on the quality of management & leadership. Quality Assessment grades awarded by the Care Inspectorate are important, both as independent assessments of quality and as the public currency by which commissioning and other decisions are made. The Care Inspectorate currently use a six point grading scale, which grades areas inspected from Excellent (Grade 6) to Unsatisfactory (Grade 1). The report noted:
Villagers were very positive about their lives at Newton Dee. They described very full and active social and working lives, and clearly felt they were part of a supportive and caring community. They made comments such as:
“I love living here, everyone is like my second family.”
“I enjoy being here, I like everyone in my house, and I can speak to the house co-ordinator if I feel worried about something.”
“I like working on the farm and I love the cows I help to look after.”
“There are lots of things to do and I come to the café every Saturday.”
Care Inspectorate report, November 2019
The report by the Care Inspectorate went on to say:
When we spoke with villagers they made very positive comments about where they lived and worked, and that they got on well with the staff who supported them.
Villagers told us that they attended the regular monthly Newton Dee meetings where information on developments was distributed, and everyone knew they could bring items to the agenda.
Villagers were encouraged to be active citizens, both with in Newton Dee and in the wider world, and they were
aware of their responsibilities, for example about voting and were clearly aware of Brexit issues and how it might affect them.
…support plans [contained] detailed guidance for staff on how to support villagers within the assessment of need, and villagers had been involved in creating their own personal plans.
Staff appeared to be confident in supporting villagers to live as independently as possible – villagers commented on how independent they felt and in control of their own lives.
People who use the service have the opportunity to attend regular house meetings, and also Newton Dee meetings which ensured that villagers had the opportunity to know what is happening and contribute to discussion and planning.