The Meath Epilepsy Trust celebrates its 125th anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate than their Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission last year!
See how they achieved the rating below, in their own words:
We intend on commemorating the many years of professional support afforded to people challenged by
complex forms of epilepsy and associated disabilities, from both the local area and farther afield. The news of out Outstanding rating last year has really added the cherry on top of the organisation’s celebratory cake!
Chief Executive Mike Keighley is full of praise for his staff teams, who have all worked incredibly hard to
improve and maintain the quality of the Meath’s services during recent years, which include residential,
supported living, employment, training and meaningful activities, including ‘extreme sports’.
“With cuts to local authority budgets and greater regulatory requirements providing an extremely challenging social care environment, it has been our aim to protect the people we support from feeling any detrimental effects. But to actually drive up standards in such a landscape and improve the quality of our services overall highlights the amazing success of the Meath in being awarded this rating...
“As one of very few specialist epilepsy providers in England and Wales, I cannot adequately express what
an achievement this has been for all concerned. Staff have been making a tremendous effort to maintain
the overall quality of our support in all areas, which frequently means going way beyond the call of duty.
However, this is always done with extremely good grace and humour, with everyone saying that the
people we care for and support remain the driving force; it’s their safety and happiness that is paramount.”
This is borne out by the comments made to the CQC Inspection team during their visit. The officers
talked with Meath residents, their families and staff before compiling their report, with one relative
expressing that the Meath was “a most exceptional place and should be used as a blue print for all care
Residents themselves were full of praise, with one saying that “the Meath gave me a new life!"
While the Chief Executive was thrilled with the report, he also explained that the Meath would certainly
not rest on its laurels, but continue to push forwards with and to build upon its success with ever more
innovative ways to provide support for the people it serves.
“There are no secrets to our success. The Meath team always do the very best we can for everyone we support, with each person receiving individualised care according to their own aims and requirements. So in essence, they lead the way, and that’s how it should be. The housing and services we run are all geared to making life as normal and With the Meath receiving an award as the Surrey Care Association’s “Best Service Provider’ last year and ‘Changing Perceptions’ having achieved the Surrey Business Awards’ “Social Enterprise of the Year 2016’, there is no further proof needed to show that the Charity quite rightly deserves its new CQC rating!"