Staff and Training

• Offer skilled care to enable people supported by us to achieve their optimum state of health and well-being.

• Treat all people supported by us and all people who work here with respect at all times.

• Uphold the human and citizenship rights of all who work and visit here and of all Service Users.

• Support individual choice and personal decision-making as the right of all Service Users.

• Respect and encourage the right of independence of all Service Users.

• Recognise the individual uniqueness of Service Users, staff and visitors, and treat them with dignity and respect at all times.

• Respect individual requirement for privacy at all times and treat all information relating to individuals in a confidential manner.

• Recognise the individual need for personal fulfilment and offer individualised programmes of meaningful activity to satisfy that need of Service Users and staff

Staff Profile

We recognise that, to deliver a good care service, we need to recruit the right individuals. We base the recruitment of all our staff on commitment, compassion and shared values. We expect our staff to be committed to providing the best possible care, they must be passionate about caring for others and be able to demonstrate that they share our values and ethos. The team consists of the Registered Manager and the Deputy Manager.

Making a Complaint and Giving Compliments

We believe that complaints and compliments are a valuable indicator of the quality of our service, and an opportunity to improve that quality. We assure all Service Users that no-one will be victimised for making a complaint, we encourage Service Users to instigate the complaints procedure whenever they feel that this is necessary. We do not wish to confine complaints to major issues. We encourage Service Users to comment when relatively minor matters are a problem to them, such as receiving cold food, or being kept waiting without explanation, or being spoken to in a manner that they do not like. It is our policy that all matters which disturb or upset a Service User should be reported, recorded, and corrective action should be taken. Only in that way can we work towards meeting our aim of continuously improving our service.

Our commitment is that:

All complaints will be taken seriously;

All complaints will be acted upon with fairness and impartiality;

You will receive a response within 24 hours of the complaint being made, and a final reply within 28 days;

If the complaint is upheld, you will receive a written apology and appropriate action will be taken to rectify the complaint, and you will be informed of what that action is;

Service Users are entitled to involve an impartial third party in the complaint procedure if they so wish.

Service Users and their representatives may take their complaints to persons in authority outside  Michael Rgis’ Care Services. For Service Users funded all or in part by Social Services or the Clinical Commissioning Group, complaints may in the first instance be directed to them. For privately funded clients, a range of advocacy services are available locally and they will be happy to help you deal with the complaint. In the event of a serious issue and complaint, you should contact the CQC.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)
National Correspondence
Citygate, Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4PA
Tel: 03000 616161
Fax: 03000 616171

Advocates

Service Users have the right to access external agents who will act in their interests to help them solve problems, discuss concerns etc. The Registered Manager will be happy to provide information on local advocacy groups and other support networks.

Privacy and Dignity

We aim to respect your privacy and dignity at all times. Please speak out, or speak to the supervisor or Registered Manager if your privacy or dignity is not being respected.

Service User’s privacy:

All Service Users have the right to be alone or undisturbed and to be free from public attention or intrusion into their private affairs. The staff of The Agency are guests in the Service User’s residence.

Staff will enter a Service User’s property and rooms within the property only with express consent.

Staff of  Michael Rgis’Care will respect the rights of Service User’ to make telephone calls without being overheard or seen by a worker.

Records will be designed, used and stored so as to assure privacy. Legislative controls over records, such as the Data Protection Act, will be adhered to, and the Service User’s explicit permission in writing will be sought before information is passed to any person other than those directly concerned with the Care of the Service User.

Records will be made available to the Service User’s principal Care Worker and family according to the wishes of the Service User.

Service User’s dignity

Your dignity is a matter of prime importance to us, and all staff receive training in this area.

You will be asked for the name by which you wish to be addressed, and this name will be recorded on your Service User Plan and used by all staff. You are perfectly entitled to ask that your principal carers use one name, and others use another name. The level of familiarity is under your control. In the absence of information to the contrary, staff will address you formally, using your title and surname.

Staff are trained to be sensitive to your feelings when in company.

At Michael Rgis’Care, we seek to reduce any feelings of vulnerability which Service Users may have as a result of disability or illness.