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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 22 October 2013
Date of Publication: 5 December 2013
Inspection Report published 05 December 2013 PDF | 86.04 KB

People should be cared for by staff who are properly qualified and able to do their job (outcome 12)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are safe and their health and welfare needs are met by staff who are fit, appropriately qualified and are physically and mentally able to do their job.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 22 October 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members, talked with staff and reviewed information given to us by the provider.

Our judgement

People were cared for, or supported by, suitably qualified, skilled and experienced staff.

Reasons for our judgement

There was only one doctor and a receptionist employed by the service. We saw a comprehensive recruitment policy should the practice need, or wish to, employ more staff. This included the requirement for appropriate references to be taken up and required checks such as Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks, now known as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) carried out on applicants prior to starting work.

We saw from the files that the doctor's registration to practice license from the General Medical Council was regularly updated. Details about the doctor's registration status were displayed in the waiting area. We also saw that an enhanced CRB check had been undertaken. The provider may want to note that the last check was undertaken in 2008. We noted that a DBS check had not been undertaken.

We asked the staff how they ensured that the treatment and care provided was up to date with current medical practice and emerging research. The doctor told us of the many national and international conferences and courses attended. We saw evidence in the form of certificates of attendance and accreditation of additional training. These showed that the doctor's expertise was recognised by established health providers locally and that the doctor was up to date with developments both in general practice and in respect to obstetrics and gynaecologist nationally and internationally.

People were therefore receiving treatment and care by a practitioner who was up to date with current research and best practice in their field of expertise.