This will be a short blog this week as I am on leave, but I wanted to share two excellent pieces of news. Firstly, CMG has acquired the ownership of Farisean, a Surrey based learning disability provider with 12 supported living services in Surrey and Croydon. Like CMG, Farisean specialises in the care and support of adults with autism spectrum conditions, challenging behaviours, mental health and physical disabilities and its services include supported living, outreach and domiciliary home care. I have already met with all of the staff, and although there are slight differences in their culture to our own, they clearly have a similar service provision to CMG, and are excellent at responding to the needs of individuals in a person centred and creative way. We are busy integrating them into CMG and we very much look forward to continuing their positive work and welcoming the individuals they support, their relatives and staff into the CMG family.
The second piece of good news is that CMG achieved its second CQC outstanding rating. Our Kings Road residential service in Hampshire became the second of our services to have been rated Outstanding by CQC since the regulator changed its system of inspection. CMG Kings Road is a residential service which specialises in supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum conditions and challenging behaviour and was recognised by the CQC for its work in putting its six tenants at the heart of everything it does and empowering them to live independent lives. The manager of the service, Sophie Hare and her staff team, do an excellent job and I am delighted by their achievements and those of the people they support. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, the national average for achieving an outstanding rating is one percent of services, so we are really pleased that we are now ahead of that average. We recently undertook our own quality audit of services using our ‘CMG CQC readiness audit tool’ and as a result, we are hoping that an additional three of our services will be rated outstanding in the near future, which will put us well ahead of the national average.
We are busy preparing for our second Driving Up Quality Self Assessment day which takes place on 30th June at Imber Court Sports and Social Club in Surrey. I firmly believe that our event last year was one of the best in the sector and was a really creative and fun way to allow people to give feedback in an open and honest way. This year, we are going to be equally creative and have once again invited people we support, staff, family members and external professionals to the event. As well as gaining their feedback, we will also report on the progress we have made since last year’s event, in tackling the action points raised. I am committed to ensuring that we are on a road to continuous improvements and the feedback we receive is crucial in ensuring this happens. If you are interested in attending this event, please contact our Marketing and Events Manager: email@example.com.