A HAMPSHIRE care home has been rated 'outstanding' by health watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors rated Kingfishers at Barton-on-Sea Outstanding for being caring and responsive to people’s needs and Good for being safe, effective and well-led.

The 60-bed nursing home run by Colten Care was inspected in May.

Deborah Ivanova, Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, said: “It was inspiring to find the staff at Kingfishers constantly looking for ways to improve care so people had positive experiences and led fulfilling lives. Excellent links with the local community, schools and charities have been developed to support the home and involve those living at Kingfishers.”

“There was a real focus on developing staff’s knowledge and skills in order to provide high quality care. The home had a culture of promoting people’s independence, recognising their individuality and providing care and support that embraced their culture and diversity.”

A specialised end-of-life nurse supported and instilled confidence in the knowledgeable and skilled staff to deliver quality end of life care.

Soul Midwives were available to provide non-medical, holistic companions to support and facilitate gentle and tranquil deaths.

The home cared for people in a relaxed, warm and friendly manner.

Care plans were personalised to focus on people’s strengths, abilities and what they were still able to do.