The supported accommodation at the Elmwood Campus of Scotland’s Rural College achieved top marks following a review of the service by the Care Inspectorate.
In a report just published, it was described as a ‘high quality service which has continued to develop to effectively meet the needs and choices of service users.’
The provision for students at Elmwood with additional support needs is part of an integrated and personalised service responding proactively to the needs of students on the campus at the time.
SRUC staff support students in their SRUC managed accommodation as well as in college.
The inspector was impressed with the commitment to enabling students to engage with their lives and further education as fully as possible.
The report comments favourably on the way that the accommodation service is embedded with the college and the way students were seamlessly maintained as they moved from accommodation into their education and social environments.
Alison Boyle, SRUC’s learner engagement manager. said:“I am delighted that the Inspection highlights not only the excellent practice but the diverse range of opportunities on offer for our students.
“Students are at the heart of the service and the outcome of the inspection recognises not only the facilities we offer but the sensitive approach our staff take with each individual student.”
The inspector interviewed staff, service users and carers in addition to speaking to senior management. Records, personal plans, policies and procedures were also inspected and there was observation of staff practice.
The service was graded ‘excellent’ in all areas and includes the quality of care and support, staffing, management and leadership.
Acknowledging developments since a previous inspection, the report notes the partnership working undertaken with organisations for sight and hearing impediment, a healthy eating group established for service users and social activities like the Christmas lunch.
SRUC was established in 2012 through the merger of Barony, Elmwood, Oatridge Colleges and the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC).