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Learning disability services ‘on the up’ in Rothesay

The Phoenix Resource Centre in Rothesay provides a range of day services for clients with a variety of additional support needs. The centre also works closely with many community groups, including Beachwatch Bute, the charity which keeps the island's beaches clean. Phoenix Centre clients and staff are pictured with Beachwatch ranger Sandra MacMillan at a clean-up at Ettrick Bay in June 2013.

The Phoenix Resource Centre in Rothesay provides a range of day services for clients with a variety of additional support needs. The centre also works closely with many community groups, including Beachwatch Bute, the charity which keeps the island's beaches clean. Phoenix Centre clients and staff are pictured with Beachwatch ranger Sandra MacMillan at a clean-up at Ettrick Bay in June 2013.

 

Day services for adults with learning disabilities in Rothesay have improved significantly since a critical 2013 inspection, according to a report prepared for a meeting of local councillors this week.

The Phoenix Resource Centre received two ‘good’ ratings and two ‘adequate’ ones following an unannounced visit by the Care Inspectorate at the end of March.

Those grades follow the issuing of four ‘weak’ ratings to the service following its previous inspection in January 2013.

In a report for Argyll and Bute Council’s Bute and Cowal area committee, which meets at Eaglesham House in Rothesay this Tuesday, August 5, Jane Lawrence-Winch, the authority’s area manager for adult care, paints a similar picture at ASIST in Dunoon, which provides a range of services comparable to those at the Phoenix Centre.

ASIST received three ‘adequate’ gradings and one ‘weak’ following an inspection in January, but this improved to four ‘good’ gradings at a follow-up inspection held at the end of May.

Ms Lawrence-Winch’s report states: “Previous reports from the Care Inspectorate inspection of ASIST and Phoenix Day Services identified several areas for improvement. Both now have plans in place that meets [sic] the Care Inspectorate and council requirements which have been reflected in the overall improved grades.

“We will continue to monitor and review progress over the coming months with the aim for both services to reach and maintain maximum grades.

“We clearly still have a way to go but with the willingness and commitment of staff we will strive for excellence.”

With specific reference to the Phoenix Centre, Ms Lawrence-Winch’s report says: “The inspector explained that due to the very low grading on the last inspection, he could not grade us higher at this point.

“However he was clear that our direction of travel is on the rise and he has requested that Phoenix remain on his case load for continuity.

“We are happy to report Phoenix no longer requires a high intensity inspection due to the improvements and therefore we do not anticipate a further inspection before the six month review period.”

An index of inspection reports for the Phoenix Centre can be found here.

 

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