Bluebird Care Bristol improves from good to outstanding

Bluebird Care Bristol

Bluebird Care Bristol has been rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission after a quality improvement drive.

The care provider was given the top rating following a three-day inspection in October and November.

At the last comprehensive inspection in August 2016, the service was rated as Good.

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Bluebird Care Bristol provide services to older adults and those with mental health, physical disability or sensory impairment needs, including dementia care, respite care, end of life support, live-in care and night care.

The provider was rated Outstanding for being ‘caring’ and ‘responsive’ and Good for being ‘safe’, ‘effective and ‘well-led’.

The CQC report said people and relatives all praised the responsiveness of the service. They said where they had needed to make changes or improvements these had “all been listened and responded to”.

Inspectors said the provider looked for ways to continually improve the quality of care and ensured they met the fundamental standards of care. For example, the way that meetings were conducted had recently be reviewed.

Staff now hold shorter, and more open ‘huddles’ to engage with all of the team in a positive way. Feedback about these new approaches from staff was universally positive, with employees saying communication had “really improved” and they felt “even more valued”.

The service was found to be “exceptionally caring”, and across the board, staff, customers, relatives and health care professionals gave high praise.

Tim Rowland-Jones, director of Bluebird Care Bristol, said:“I am immensely proud of this rating and I am so pleased that the CQC have seen all the hard work and dedication that the Bluebird Care Bristol team have been putting in. The team work so well together and always go above and beyond for their customers.

“This is reflected in the individual ‘outstanding’ service ratings in the caring nature of our service, as well as the responsiveness of the staff and services at Bluebird Care Bristol. As the report has highlighted, we provide a personalised service, by supporting our customers with small, local teams that are given the chance to build personal and caring relationships.

Yvonne Hignell, managing director of Bluebird Care, said:“This is such wonderful news for the Bluebird Care Bristol team. They are such a hard working group of individuals and the leadership at this office has a lot to do with its strong success.

“I would like to congratulate Tim and all the team at Bluebird Care Bristol and look forward to seeing what is to come for this franchise in the future.”

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