A care home has moved out of "special measures" and has been praised after its latest inspection.

Fernica Residential Care Home on Kings Road in Prestwich was inspected by healthcare watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on November 26 and 28.

Back in November last year, the care home was placed into "special measures" after receiving a rating of "inadequate" earlier in the year.

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The care home supports those diagnosed with mental health conditions and has 10 residents currently at the home.

The latest inspection focused on the safety and leadership of the care home after two breaches were found in previous inspections.

The CQC found improvements have been made, including staffing arrangements being more consistent and safeguarding systems were in place to protect people from abuse.

Residents said they liked living at the home, and they were well supported and had maximum choice and control of their lives.

Regarding the safety of the service, the registered manager no longer worked excessive hours and staff were recruited to the service safely.

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But the report pointed out some issues that needed to be addressed.

It said: “One person's bedroom was in the basement, down a flight of steep stairs, due to an identified fire risk.

“The person's mobility had recently declined, and the risk in managing the stairs had not been identified.

“We discussed this with the deputy manager and a referral for an assessment was made.”

Medication was administered as prescribed, and staff received annual refresher training in medicines and competency checks were carried out.

Regarding the leadership of the service, this was still rated as "requires improvement".

It had improved slightly from the last inspection when the area received an "inadequate" rating.

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The report said: “Risks posed to people had not always been identified or weren't always clear.”

However, staff engaged with people when they needed their help.

One resident said: "Every time I have a wobbly time, they (staff) give me advice," and, "Staff listen most of the time and soon come back with an answer".

The provider was found to be working hard at establishing a consistent staff team to stabilise the home going forward and the morale amongst the current staff members was good.

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The report said that in the last inspection, the provider had inadequate management and leadership arrangements to ensure good governance and compliance with regulations and government guidance.

This was a breach of regulation 17 (good governance) of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.

Enough improvement has been made according to the most recent inspection and the provider was no longer in breach of the regulation.

Fernica has been approached for a comment.