A "short breaks" service for children and adults with learning disabilities has retained its "good" rating after an inspection by the healthcare watchdog.

Cambeck Close in Whitefield provides overnight breaks to people who have severe learning difficulties and additional healthcare needs.

The service can support up to three children and three adults per night accommodated in two separate and adapted bungalows.

At the time of the inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), 15 children and 17 adults were using the scheme and were allocated overnight stays throughout the year.

Cambeck Close was rated "good" in all five areas, its safety, effectiveness, responsiveness, leadership and whether it is caring.

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The report said the service let people have maximum choice and control of their lives and were supported by staff in the least restrictive ways possible.

The inspectors also noted people receive kind and compassionate care and are treated with respect and dignity.

Staff understand and respond to patients’ needs, including cultural, the report found.

Patients are offered good access to their community that most people take for granted.

Ans inspectors noted that staff enjoyed working at the service and felt listened to.

Owen Philp, 30, from Bury, and his parents Malcolm and Elinor have benefited from overnight breaks at Cambeck Close.

Malcolm said: “It’s a fantastic facility where Owen is not only safe but enabled and valued as the amazing young person he is.

“He’s not just sat in front of a TV, the team communicate well and productively engage him in activities such as gardening, and craft.”

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Elinor added: “I think it’s important to shout about this service. Being without it would negatively impact on all our health and wellbeing.

“I have complete confidence in the team. Some of them have known him since he was a child, so there’s consistency and a familiar face. They treat him as an individual.

“They say you can judge a society by how it looks after its most vulnerable people.

“Cambeck is a real gem.”

Clare Parker is director of quality, nursing and healthcare professionals, and deputy chief executive at Pennine Care, which runs Cambeck.

She said: “We’re proud of the whole team who are dedicated to providing the best care.

“The success is also thanks to the fantastic managers, who lead with compassion and have driven forward several improvements.

“As part of the inspection families and carers spoke about the team’s positive values, the person-centred care provided and their care and attention, which makes people’s stay comfortable and enjoyable.

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“The team is working through the CQC’s recommendations and will continue to explore other improvements in partnership with patients, families, and carers.

“Taking time for themselves is a lifeline for some families and carers.

“Thanks to the amazing Cambeck team they can be safe in the knowledge their loved one will receive safe and high-quality care tailored to their needs.”