Regulator gives ‘Good’ news to innovative new autism service

Regulator gives ‘Good’ news to innovative new autism service
Regulator gives ‘Good’ news to innovative new autism service

Regulator gives ‘Good’ news to innovative new autism service

The Caudwell Children Autism Service has been given a rating of ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission in their first inspection since the service was launched last year.

The new service operated by national charity, Caudwell Children, provides multidisciplinary autism assessments and interventions for children in an award winning purpose-built centre located at Keele University in Staffordshire.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are the official regulators of all health and social care services in England. They monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and publish their findings, including performance ratings to help people choose care.

In the charity’s first formal inspection since launching the service in 2019 the team of inspectors thoroughly assessed the service and the environment.

During their unannounced visit a team of four inspectors including a clinical psychologist, occupational therapist and an expert by experience spoke with families currently using the service, interviewed the Registered Manager and members of staff, observed an active family feedback session and reviewed relevant documents.

Charity Chief Executive, Trudi Beswick, commented on the news: “This is an important milestone in the development of the charity and testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone at the charity who has been a part in us reaching this stage.

“We are committed to providing a child-centred service that proves that, with a more efficient and effective approach to autism assessment and intervention, we can reduce the unacceptable waiting times that most families in the UK still face.”

All CQC inspections rate services against criteria linked to five key questions and summarised with an overall rating for the service.

Standard Caudwell Children Rating
Are services safe? Good
Are services effective? Good
Are services caring? Good
Are services responsive? Good
Are services well-led? Good
Overall Rating Good

In addition to the overall CQC rating of ‘Good’ inspectors also commented on areas of ‘Outstanding practice’ where they stated: “The facilities and premises were innovative and met the needs of a range of people who used the service. The building was purpose-built with autistic people in mind and had won several national awards.”

The Caudwell International Children’s Centre was officially opened at the same time as the charity’s new autism service in May 2019. The £18million centre is the UK’s first independent purpose-built centre dedicated to the assessment, intervention and research of autism. The project, masterminded by CEO Trudi Beswick, drew inspiration from regular direct consultation with autistic children, parents and experts.

Mrs Beswick continued: “Thanks to the support of our generous supporters, most significantly Mr John Caudwell who personally matched every donation we secured towards the £18million target, we have created something truly innovative and the service we are now able to deliver will impact thousands of lives.

“In this, our 20th Anniversary year, we are delighted to be at the forefront of autism services and research in the UK and beyond, while still helping thousands more disabled children and families through the extensive range of practical and emotional support we offer.”

The full CQC report will be formally published on the CQC website on Tuesday 25th February. To access the full report once it is published visit their website here.

To celebrate 20 years since Caudwell Children was founded, the charity has launched their #Team20 campaign in an effort to bring together a community of people doing meaningful things to help disabled children during 2020.

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