CMG, a leading provider of residential care and supported living services for people with learning disabilities and associated complex needs, and this month hosted its annual Driving Up Quality event, as it continues to lead the way in providing high-quality care provision in the sector.
The Driving Up Quality event was attended by 113 service users and team members across the organisation and provided a unique opportunity to highlight the importance of continuing to improve the quality of care, whilst setting the bar even higher for the next year to come.
The day included an introduction by Chief Executive Officer, Peter Kinsey, which was followed by presentations from three of the services who highlighted how they had continued drive up quality over the last year. Home Manager of one service, Sophie, discussed the ‘Encourage and Empower Club’ at the service – which meets on a weekly basis for the individuals they support to network and share ideas.
Later in the afternoon, there were three workshop sessions which delegates could attend, including a Health and Screening Session, Education and Employment, and STOMP (Stopping Over Medication of People with Learning Disabilities), a health campaign which CMG has long been an advocate for.
To end the day, the individuals CMG supports wrote pledges for the upcoming year, sharing their pledges with the rest of the group, with commitments including increasing their activities and day-out trips; being encouraged and inspired to look for employment, and further promoting their independence.
The Driving Up Quality Code was first launched in 2013, with the support of the government and leading sector organisations including CMG. Following the exposure of the abuse at Winterbourne View in 2011, the DUQ was initiated to ensure that care providers are delivering the very best standards of care for people with learning disabilities.
The code sets out 5 key standards for learning disability care, including support focused on the person; enabling individuals to live an ordinary and meaningful life whilst feeling happy and enjoying a high quality of life and promoting a good culture within the organisation, which is well led and ran.
CMG has now achieved a record number of 9 ‘Outstanding’ ratings from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), reflective of its commitment to high-quality care. Recent CQC reports have highlighted a number of positive areas such as senior leadership, the extensive range of initiatives provided across the Group’s services and how CMG promotes service-users’ well-being and fulfilment.
Peter Kinsey, Chief Executive Officer, CMG, said:
“We’re delighted that our annual Driving Up Quality event was once again a huge success amongst attendees, whilst being hugely significant in ensuring that the care being provided is continually improved, so that it is the best possible standard it can be.
“I would like to thank everyone who came and participated during the day, as well as all the facilitators who provided informative and engaging workshops. The CMG magic was definitely in full bloom!”