Letter from the Chief Inspector of General Practice
We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection on 20 October 2016. Overall the practice is rated as good.
Our key findings across all the areas we inspected were as follows:
- There was an open and transparent approach to safety and an effective system in place for reporting and recording significant events.
- Risks to patients were assessed and well managed.
- Staff assessed patients’ needs and delivered care in line with current evidence based guidance. Staff had been trained to provide them with the skills, knowledge and experience to deliver effective care and treatment.
- Patients said they were treated with compassion, dignity and respect and they were involved in their care and decisions about their treatment.
- Information about how to complain was available and easy to understand. Improvements were made to the quality of care as a result of complaints and concerns.
- The practice had good facilities and was well equipped to treat patients and meet their needs.
- There was a clear leadership structure and staff felt supported by management. The practice proactively sought feedback from staff and patients, which it acted on.
- The provider was aware of and complied with the requirements of the duty of candour.
However, there were areas of practice where the provider should make improvements:
- Continue to monitor patients’ satisfaction over access to the service, including continuity of care, and take remedial action where any need for improvement is identified.
- Review current arrangements and consider obtaining an induction loop to assist patients with a hearing impairment.
Professor Steve Field
CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGP
Chief Inspector of General Practice