Outstanding rating for West Lancashire Short Breaks Service

Friday, October 20, 2017

West Lancashire Short Breaks Service has been rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

This service, run by Lancashire County Council, provides support to adults with learning and physical disabilities. It gives their families and carers the opportunity to have a break from their caring role.

The centre is based at School Lane, Skelmersdale and can support up to six people at a time. The length of time people use the service varies from single overnight stays to more extended breaks.

A team of caring and highly-trained staff supports people at the centre. The single storey building has accessible accommodation with six spacious en-suite rooms. The specialist equipment ensures that people can live as independently as possible during their stay.

County Councillor Graham Gooch, cabinet member for adult services, said: "The outstanding rating is fantastic news for everyone involved with West Lancashire Short Break Service.

"Carers who support people with learning or physical disabilities put so much hard work and effort into what they do. However, they sometimes need a break from their caring role, which is where services like this can help.

"The team at West Lancashire supports around 70 people and the outstanding rating shows they are providing the very highest standards of care.

"It's important that we have so many services across the county rated as good and outstanding.

"Well done to the staff at West Lancashire Short Breaks service, they have worked extremely hard and I'm pleased their efforts are paying off."

The inspectors praised West Lancashire Short Breaks service for its exceptional employee training programme, the positive and professional attitude of staff, an excellent standard of care and range of activities for guests who use the service.

They also highlighted good safeguarding procedures, excellent modern facilities and systems that ensure people who use the service have an opportunity to share their views and make a difference.

Nicola Clear, head of the county council's adult disability service, said: "It's tremendous that the hard work of the team at West Lancashire has been recognised, and that the service has been rated as outstanding.

"It's particularly pleasing to see the very positive comments from guests who use the service and their families. The fact that inspectors found the service to be safe, well-led and effective is also great news and very encouraging to the whole team.

"Everyone at the service shows 100% commitment and they should be proud of playing their part in this latest success. Congratulations to everyone involved."

To view copies of the CQC inspection report for West Lancashire Short Breaks Service, visit the CQC website

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