Stirling Council’s care home for young people has been praised for making significant improvements in a short timeframe following an unannounced inspection.

Brucefield residential care home is based in Bannockburn and provides accommodation for those aged between 10 and 18. It can also provide respite care when capacity is available.

The Care Inspectorate, which regulates care services in Scotland, visited the purpose-built facility on August 30, 2018.

They graded Brucefield as ‘Very Good’ for the quality of its care and support, environment, and management and leadership. Inspectors also commended the quality of its staffing, with a ‘Good’ rating.  

At its last inspection, only 10 months earlier, the care home’s quality of care and support, and staffing, were graded as ‘Good,’ while the quality of its environment, and management and leadership, received an ‘Adequate’ rating.

The report stated: “Since last inspection, there has been a significant upgrade of the premises. Communal areas were very well decorated, welcoming and homely.

“The kitchen, flooring and doors had been recently replaced and we heard from young people and staff about the positive atmosphere within the house following the upgrade.

“The service's performance within the theme of Management and Leadership was very good and demonstrated major strengths.

“At last inspection, there had been recent changes in both internal and external management of Brucefield.

“At this inspection, it was evident that this was having a positive influence on all aspects of service delivery. It was pleasing to see that external managers were known to young people and staff and regular visits to the service were taking place.

“We heard from staff that managers were supportive and responsive. Leadership had improved and the service had a very clear vision for the future.”

The Care Inspectorate said that all eight recommendations from the previous inspection (Oct 2017) had been fully implemented. They made three new recommendations in terms of staffing and management.

Convener of the Children and Young People Committee, Councillor Susan McGill said: “A huge well done to the management and staff at Brucefield for this tremendous report.

“A lot of work hard has gone on since the last inspection and that has been reflected in these major improvements, particularly in the quality of the care home’s environment and its management and leadership, which has received a Very Good rating for the first time.”

Vice Convener of the Children and Young People Committee, Cllr Margaret Brisley said: “The feedback from inspectors in this report is hugely positive, and staff should be really proud for creating an environment and support structure which is enabling young people to achieve very good outcomes.

“Congratulations to everyone involved.”

A report on the inspection at Brucefield will be presented to the Children and the Young People Committee this week (Jan 10).

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