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St Werburgh Medical Practice Inadequate

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We are carrying out a review of quality at St Werburgh Medical Practice. We will publish a report when our review is complete. Find out more about our inspection reports.

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 20 December 2019

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at St Werburgh Medical Practice on 20 November 2018. The overall rating for the practice was requires improvement. The full comprehensive report on the November 2018 inspection can be found by selecting the ‘all reports’ link for St Werburgh Medical Practice on our website at

After our inspection in November 2018 the practice wrote to us with an action plan outlining how they would make the necessary improvements to comply with the regulations.

We carried out an announced comprehensive follow-up inspection on 5 and 6 November 2019 to confirm that the practice had carried out their plan to meet the legal requirements in relation to the breaches in regulations that we identified in our previous inspection on 20 November 2018. This report covers findings in relation to those requirements.

This practice is now rated as Inadequate overall.

The key questions at this inspection are rated as:

Are services safe? – Inadequate

Are services effective? – Inadequate

Are services caring? – Requires Improvement

Are services responsive? – Inadequate

Are services well-led? – Inadequate

We rated the practice as inadequate for providing safe services because:

  • The practice’s systems, processes and practices did not always help to help keep people safe and safeguarded from abuse.
  • Staff did not always have the information they needed to deliver safe care and treatment to patients.
  • The arrangements for managing medicines in the practice had not sufficiently improved and did not always keep patients safe.

We rated the practice as inadequate for providing effective services because:

  • Care and treatment were not always delivered in line with current legislation, standards and evidence-based guidance.
  • Quality improvement activity was insufficient.
  • Two members of staff had not received a regular appraisal.
  • Clinical supervision for relevant staff was limited.

We rated the practice as requires improvement for providing caring services because:

  • Staff involved and treated patients with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.
  • Since our last inspection in November 2018, results of the national GP patient survey relating to patients’ experience of services provided at St Werburgh Medical Practice had deteriorated for two indicators.

We rated the practice as inadequate for providing responsive services because:

  • The practice did not always have enough staff to deliver services to meet patients’ needs.
  • Patients were no longer able to access care and treatment from the practice within an acceptable timescale for their needs.
  • Results from the national GP patient survey showed that patients’ satisfaction with how they could access care and treatment as well as their experience of services at St Werburgh Medical Practice had deteriorated and was below (significantly in some cases) than local and national averages.
  • Almost all patient feedback received by the Care Quality Commission indicated they found it difficult to get through to the practice by telephone and were not always able to book appointments that suited their needs.

We rated the practice as inadequate for providing well-led services because:

  • Leadership was complex and did not always function as intended by the provider.
  • Improvements to governance arrangements were insufficient.
  • Improvements to their processes for managing risks, issues and performance were insufficient.
  • The practice had not acted sufficiently on the feedback they had received from the public.
  • Systems and processes for learning and continuous improvement were not yet sufficiently effective.

The areas where the provider must make improvements are:

  • Ensure care and treatment is provided in a safe way to patients.
  • Establish effective systems and processes to ensure good governance in accordance with the fundamental standards of care.
  • Ensure sufficient numbers of suitably qualified, competent, skilled and experienced persons are deployed to meet the fundamental standards of care and treatment.

The areas where the provider should make improvements are:

  • Revise how patients with disabilities can summon assistance to open the entrance door of the Stoke Village Hall branch surgery and consider carrying out a disability risk assessment of the sites where services are provided.

I am placing the service in special measures. Services placed in special measures will be inspected again in six months. If insufficient improvements have been made such that there remains a rating of Inadequate for any population group, key question or overall, we will take action in line with our enforcement procedures to begin the process of preventing the provider from operating the service. This will lead to cancelling their registration or to varying the terms of their registration within six months if they do not improve.

The service will be kept under review and if needed could be escalated to urgent enforcement action. Where necessary, another inspection will be conducted within a further six months, and if there is not enough improvement we will move to close the service by adopting our proposal to remove this location or cancel the provider’s registration.

Special measures will give people who use the service reassurance that the care they get should improve.

Dr Rosie Benneyworth MB BS BMedSci MRCGP

Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care

Please refer to the detailed report and the evidence tables for further information.

Inspection areas






Requires improvement




Checks on specific services

People with long term conditions


Families, children and young people


Older people


Working age people (including those recently retired and students)


People experiencing poor mental health (including people with dementia)


People whose circumstances may make them vulnerable