My blog is going to be shorter this week because I had two days annual leave last week. As a result, I was only able to get round and visit seven of our services. I popped into our Chandon service in Ashtead and was very pleased with the efforts that the staff team had gone to, to help one of the people living there have a fabulous birthday party. It was well attended, including by her advocate.
Last week was busy preparing for taking over services in different parts of the country following CMG’s successful winning of various tenders. We took over providing supported living services in three sets of accommodation for people in the Basingstoke area on Monday, took over the provision of supported living services for two groups of people living in Croydon on Tuesday and took over the provision of specialist support for people with a diagnosis of autism in a supported living service in Newport in South Wales. We would very much like to welcome both the people we support and their staff in joining the CMG family. As well as introducing ourselves to people we support and their families, we have arranged inductions for staff transferring to us so that we can explain about who CMG is and our ethos and values.
A big congratulations to the staff team of our Albion Road service in Sutton which received a good overall rating in their recent CQC inspection. They were rated good on each of the five areas that CQC now look at, well led, safe, effective, caring and responsive. CQC has been inspecting using their new approach since October, so some of our services were inspected in their pilot phase during last summer. So far, ten of our services have been inspected, with nine rated good and one, The Ridgeway as outstanding. Our Kings Road service in Hampshire came very close to getting an outstanding rating; you have to get outstanding on two areas and good on five to get an overall outstanding rating. Kings Road had one outstanding and four good. At our recent family conference, Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector with CQC, told us that only about 1% of services inspected so far have received an outstanding rating. We hope to get significantly more than one in CMG.
I was delighted to be invited to act as a judge for the National Learning Disability Awards and went to the spectacular Edgbaston Stadium last Thursday to be a category judge for the trainer award. There were eight nominees and both I and my fellow judge were very impressed with the calibre of the entrants. CMG was shortlisted for two awards (Newcomer Award and Sporting Chance Award) and my colleagues were also there being interviewed.