061The Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) Pears Centre for Specialist Learning which provides specialist care for children and young people with high health and medical needs, recently had its first unannounced Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection.

The CQC found that all six standards they inspected were fully compliant. These included:

  • Respecting and involving people who use the services
  • Care and welfare of people who use services
  • Co-operating with other providers
  • Safeguarding people who use services from abuse
  • Supporting workers
  • Assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision

The centre opened 5 Pears Court, a bungalow with specialist nursing care for children and young people with high health and medical needs who require long-term ventilation or who have complex health requirements, in November 2012.

Ginny Tyler, Principal Manager Care and Wellbeing said: “We are delighted with the report we received from CQC about our services.

“With no comparable service anywhere in the UK, it has been a challenging process to set up 5 Pears Court. The team has worked exceptionally hard to support these very vulnerable young people and provide them with so many opportunities to access full and interesting lives. All the staff at RNIB Pears Centre are justifiably proud of this achievement.”

The report praised the way that “people’s privacy, dignity and independence were respected. People’s views and experiences were taken into account in the way the service was provided and delivered in relation to their care.”

Inspectors also found that “people were cared for by staff who were supported to deliver care and treatment safely and to an appropriate standard.”

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