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Dr Anthony Newman Good Also known as Family Medical Services

We are carrying out a review of quality at Dr Anthony Newman. We will publish a report when our review is complete. Find out more about our inspection reports.


Inspection carried out on 22 January 2019

During a routine inspection

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at Dr Anthony Newman on 22 January 2019.

We based our judgement of the quality of care at this service on a combination of:

  • what we found when we inspected
  • information from our ongoing monitoring of data about services and
  • information from the provider, patients, the public and other organisations.

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

  • The overall governance arrangements were ineffective.
  • The practice did not have clear and effective processes for identifying potential risks.

We rated the practice as Good for providing safe, effective, caring and responsive services because:

  • Staff dealt with patients with kindness and respect and involved them in decisions about their care.
  • A total of 107 patients were identified as carers; this represented approximately 3% of the practice list.
  • The practice organised and delivered services to meet patients’ needs. Patients could access care and treatment in a timely way. This was reflected unanimously in the patient feedback we received.

We rated all population groups as Good, with the exception of long-term condition which was rated as Requires Improvement.

The areas where the provider must make improvements are:

  • Establish effective systems and processes to ensure good governance in accordance with the fundamental standards of care.
  • Ensure recruitment procedures are established and operated effectively to ensure only fit and proper persons are employed.

(Please see the specific details on action required at the end of this report).

The areas where the provider should make improvements are:

  • Review documentation of weekly fire alarm tests.
  • Review systems to promote cervical screening uptake.
  • Review systems to accurately reflect completion of necessary training.
  • Review storage of prescription stationery.
  • Review systems for sharing learning from significant events with all relevant staff.
  • Review recruitment polices to reflect arrangement to assure the provider of an employees previous conduct and document staff vaccination status.

Details of our findings and the evidence supporting our ratings are set out in the evidence tables.

Professor Steve Field CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGP Chief Inspector of General Practice

Inspection carried out on 2 December 2015

During a routine inspection

Letter from the Chief Inspector of General Practice

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at the Family Medical Services on 2 December 2015 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 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 services and how to complain was available and easy to understand.

  • Patients said they found it easy to make an appointment with a named GP and that there was continuity of care, with urgent appointments available the same day.

  • 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.

We saw one area of outstanding practice:

The practice had initiated a project to provide better care for older people specifically those over 75 years of age. They had employed a health care assistant (HCA) specifically for this and increased their nursing hours to allow them to have one session a week in the community visiting their over 75’s. This gave the practice the flexibility to see patients who either found it difficult to get into the practice or did not meet the criteria for visits from the district nursing team. Staff were able carry out routine health checks, observe the patient in their own environment and pick up any early signs that they were not coping. Care plans would be put in place where issues had been identified. The practice were able to give us examples of where admission to hospital had been avoided as symptoms had been recognised and treated before hospitalisation was required.

Professor Steve Field (CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGP) 

Chief Inspector of General Practice