Management Systems

 

 

Management Training

 

Vicky Roberts, the Registered Manager and Sole Owner, has a vast amount of experience working with individuals with people with Learning Disabilities, Autism and other complex health care needs. Vicky is QCF level 5 trained in Leadership and Management. Aimee Errock, our Care Co-Ordinator, has a Law Degree and also has her QCF Level 3 in Health and Social Care. Our Team Leaders are Jill Payne and Justine Massey, both are QCF level 3 qualified. Jill is our Manual Handling Facilitator.

 

Quality Assurance

 

Pathways to Opportunities monitors the quality of its service by using quality questionnaires - these are given to all customers and their families at regular interviews to monitor their satisfaction with the service. Pathways to Opportunities has a “Gold Quality Mark” where we had to undertake in-depth inspections, mystery shoppers, etc.

 

Supervision

 

Supervisions are delivered to staff 6/8 weekly, on-the-job observations are done daily and quarterly team meetings are in place to discuss customers needs and development etc. Staff are encouraged to communicate with Seniors and Management daily, to update us of anything new or discuss ongoing concerns. 

 

Staff Training

 

All our staff are given mandatory training in: Safeguarding Against Adult Abuse, Administration of Medication, Manual Handling, Infection Control, Health and Safety, Food Hygiene and First Aid. They are also required to have a recognised qualification in Health and Social Care, and we work alongside Oldham College to train our staff to a Level 3 standard.

Additionally, we offer training such as Consent, Deprivation of Liberty, Autism Awareness, Dysphagia, Epilepsy Awareness, etc, in order to further our staff's knowledge so they can support individuals to the highest of standards.

 

Medication

 

All staff are fully trained in Administration of Medication, and follow Pathways medication procedure which is regularly discussed in supervision and team meetings. Depending on customer needs, we have been specially trained to the highest standard i.e. peg feeding, controlled medication, etc. MARs sheets and medication is monitored closely to ensure staff are complying to Pathways medication procedure. Staff are given Medication training refereshers annually.

 

 

Finances

 

All staff are given an induction/training on how to deal with service users monies and how to keep them safe. Pathways to Opportunities have a Finance policy in place and very tight guidelines on how to keep individuals' monies safe. Pathways will ask for monies to be kept locked in a money tin and kept in a locked cupboard. When staff arrive on duty they will undertake a finance check.

 

Care Plans

 

Pathways to Opportunities' management will meet with the customer and their family to gather lots of information around the individual which will include: health, welfare, communication, home environment, medication, manual handling, feeding, finance and any other needs or wishes. We are very respectful of cultural needs and wishes when putting care plans together. Pathways to Opportunities will then ensure a detailed care plan is put into place so the support staff team are clear about their roles and responsibilities, and the customer and family can clearly see what is being delivered from us.

 

Communication Books

 

All of our service users are provided with a communication book. This is provided so that families and carers are aware of what has gone on during the day and whether there have been any issues or incidents. This is a good form of communication as families/carer’s can also write information in the book that they wish to share with staff/managers.  This enables staff to communicate well with other, informing colleagues of what has been done, what needs to be done, any problems etc.

 

Professional Boundaries

 

All our staff are made aware of professional boundaries during supervisions and team meetings. We are aware of the importance of building a positive rapport with all of our customers; however we are aware of maintaining appropriate professional boundaries.

 

Contact with families

 

We have regular contact with families and/or carers. Pathways staff ensures that they are professional at all times. It is important for us to have this regular contact with families and/or carers to keep them informed and to also build up a good relationship with them where we can all work together effectively.

 

Spot checks/Unannounced visits

 

Managers and Senior Support Workers carry out regular spot checks on outreach and domiciliary care customers to ensure work is being carried out to a professional standard, and that staff are where they are down on the rota to be. During a spot check, we monitor communication books to ensure staff are documenting things appropriately, check medication is correct and being recorded appropriately, staff are presentable and wearing their ID badge, and most importantly that our service users are happy with the support they are receiving . We also monitor that the financial procedure is being met and checks are carried out accordingly.

 

 

Reviews

 

We complete reviews with our customers to gather their views and opinions on the service they receive. We feel it is important to make these forms accessible so our customers can understand them - reviews can be found in service user's individual files.

 

Working with Professionals

 

Pathways to Opportunities regularly liaises with relevant professionals to ensure multi-agency working. We work daily with social workers, the Communication Team, Learning Disability nurses, physiotherapists, to ensure our customers are safe and are receiving the best possible care and we are following any exercise or health programmes that are put in place.

 

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