Independent Care Inspections first to receive UKAS certification

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Independent Care Inspections (ICI) has become the first company to be awarded UKAS certification to enable it to inspect services for compliance with the latest British Standard for Adult Residential Care. 

The certification enables the ICI to inspect care homes offering residential, nursing, dementia, learning disabilities, acquired brain injury and mental health services.

ICI was subjected to rigorous assessment of both its standards and inspection methods and is continuously assessed to maintain competence as a registered inspection body.

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ICI chief executive, Kevin Groombridge, said: “ICI inspections are different to those carried out by the state regulators as they are solely evidence-based. They enable homes to improve the quality of care in a sustainable way, with all evidence made available to the care homes to facilitate improvement action plans.

 “UKAS certification is important to demonstrate that our standards, procedures, and the way we carry out visits is rigorous, thorough, and fair.  

“Independent inspection bodies have been talked about for a very long time and we are pleased to be leading the way in demonstrating that it is something that works to the benefit of care homes and, most importantly, their residents and families.

“An ICI inspection will support the operator in achieving a strong focus of continuous improvement so that quality becomes embedded in all aspects of the care home. The aim being to seek out non-compliances and act on them in a proactive manner.

“A care home needs to know when it is meeting standards, ICI will provide this evidence so the operator can focus action into areas that need close attention rather than being concerned about the fault-finding approach that is a weakness of the current regulatory based state inspection system.”

ICI supports a care home in improving care and better outcomes for residents and offers a guarantee that regulatory ratings will improve. 

The comprehensive report that is produced provides authoritative and objective evidence that will support care homes’ improvement plans by identifying strengths and weaknesses, risk factors and the effectiveness of risk management.

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