ORCHID House has received praise from the Care Quality Commission because of the high quality support it gives to people with autism.

The centre in Whitworth Road has been rated as "good" following an inspection in March.

When assessing a healthcare provider, the CQC has four options to select as a rating: outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate.

Orchid House provides is a specialist provider of residential care for those over 18 who have autism, learning disabilities or other associated health needs.

It provides accommodation and personal care for up to six people.

The report described the house’s services as being safe, effective, well-led, caring and responsive.

Stuart Hook, manager, said: “We are very proud of our CQC report and the commendations that it contains. We work hard to provide a high standard of care for our patients and I’d like to thank our staff for this achievement.”

The inspectors were impressed with the way Orchid House caters their services to the specific needs of individual patients.

“Through our observations and discussions with relatives and staff members we found there were enough staff with the right experience, skills and training to meet the needs of the people living in the home,” the report said.

“Staff we spoke with were very knowledgeable on how to meet people’s needs. They were able to explain to us how they maintained people’s dignity and privacy when supporting them with personal care. We discussed with some staff how they support young adults who have the same needs as every one of us.”

The inspectors felt the quality of care and knowledge of staff was thanks to the leadership at Orchid House.

The report said: “We asked the registered manager how they learned from incidents.

“They explained and showed us the minutes of a recent team meeting where they had discussed the best way to support an individual following on from some incidents.

“They said all incidents were recorded so that they and staff can reflect and ensure learning took place where it could.”

To see the full report visit www.cqc.org.uk.