A CARE home has received glowing praise across the board in its first inspection report from the CQC.

Blamster's Link in Halstead is a residential care home providing accommodation with personal care for up to five people with a learning disability or autism.

The home was inspected by health watchdogs the Care Quality Commission in September, with the report now having been published.

In the report, it received good across the board in its safety, effectiveness, care, responsiveness and leadership.

Inspectors had high praise for the premises, staff and management during the visit.

It said: “Blamster's Link is in a rural position and fits in the residential area.

“Internally the premises were spacious and well-designed for the people living there.”

It added: “The service had an established staff team who have known and worked with the current people for a long time.

“Staff showed a genuine interest in people's well-being and quality of life.

“They were kind, caring and nurturing and as a result we saw people were at ease, happy, engaged and stimulated.

“Staff understood people's individual communication styles and we saw they had developed a good rapport with them.

"People were supported to develop and maintain relationships, follow interests and take part in activities that were socially and culturally relevant to them.”

The report also detailed how people were supported to access healthcare services to promote their wellbeing.

It explained how they were helped to live healthy lives, receiving support to eat and drink enough to maintain a balanced diet and help to choose their food, shopping and plan their meals.

Inspectors had high praise for the management in Blamster’s Link.

They said: “The manager had been in post for six months and had worked hard to instil a culture of care where staff felt truly valued.

“There was a transparent, open and honest culture between people, those important to them, staff and managers.

“The attitudes and behaviours of the manager and staff ensured people using the service lead inclusive and empowered lives.”

TLC Care and Support Ltd, who run the home, have said they were very happy with the report, adding they will continue to work hard across their services.

Managing Director at TLC Care and Support Lee Houghton said: "At our Blamsters Link service, we provide accommodation and personal care. 

“We were delighted by the recent inspection report – it’s fantastic to see the hard work, commitment and dedication of our leadership team and colleagues being recognised.

“We take pride and pleasure in helping others to flourish and we’re driven by getting it right for the people we support. 

“It was great that the report picked up on the culture we’ve worked hard to create and the strength of the relationships that we’ve built.

“We’ll continue to work hard across all our services to put the needs of the people we support first.”