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Bluebell Lane Medical Practice

Overall: Requires improvement read more about inspection ratings

Blue Bell Lane, Liverpool, L36 7XY (0151) 489 1422

Provided and run by:
Bluebell Lane Medical Practice Limited

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Background to this inspection

Updated 19 April 2024

Bluebell Lane Medical Centre is located in Knowsley, Merseyside.

The address of the practice is:

Blue Bell Lane


L36 7XY

The provider is registered with CQC to deliver the Regulated Activities: -

Diagnostic and screening procedures

Maternity and midwifery services

Treatment of disease, disorder or injury

The practice is situated within Knowsley and falls under the Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care System (ICS) and provides services to approximately 4,900 patients under the terms of a General Medical Services (GMS) contract. This is a contract between general practices and NHS England.

The practice is part of the West Knowsley Primary Care Network (WKPCN).

Information published by Office for Health Improvement and Disparities shows that deprivation within the practice population group is in the lowest decile (1 of 10). The lower the decile, the more deprived the practice population is relative to others.

According to the latest available data, the ethnic make-up of the practice area is 97.2% White, 1.3% Mixed, 1% Asian, 0.3% Black and 0.1% Other.

Blue Bell Lane Medical Practice is part of a larger federation of practices called Primary Care Knowsley. This is a federation of 5 locations registered with CQC (comprising 11 practices) in the borough of Knowsley. The registered manager for this practice is also the registered manager for the 11 practices. Practice managers are in place at the practices. The registered manager is also assisted by three governance and quality support staff.

The service is run by Bluebell Lane Medical Practice Limited. At the inspection on 17 and 22 January 2024 the staff team includes 4 GPs (providing 16 sessions) and locum advanced nurse practitioners (ANP) (providing 4 sessions), 2 part time practice nurses and one healthcare assistant. The clinicians are supported at the practice by a practice management team and reception/administrative staff. Additional staff are deployed via the PCN to support patients and include, a social prescriber, mental health practitioners, clinical pharmacist and a pharmacy technician.

The practice is open between 8am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday. Extended access is provided at the practice from 6.30pm to 8pm on Fridays and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. The practice offers a range of appointment types including book on the day, telephone consultations and advance appointments.

Extended access is also provided locally by the primary care network (PCN) where late evening and weekend appointments are available. Patients can access the out of hours service by calling 111.

Overall inspection

Requires improvement

Updated 19 April 2024

We carried out an announced assessment of Bluebell Medical Practice on 28 November 2023. The assessment focused on the responsive key question. This indicated that improvements were needed and as a consequence we carried out a comprehensive inspection on 17 and 22 January 2024. Overall, the practice is rated as requires improvement.

Safe - requires improvement

Effective - requires improvement

Caring - requires improvement

Responsive - inadequate

Well-led - requires improvement

Following our previous inspection on 17 April 2019 the practice was rated good overall and for all key questions. The full reports for previous inspections can be found by selecting the ‘all reports’ link for Bluebell Lane Medical Practice on our website at www.cqc.org.uk.

Why we carried out this review and inspection

We carried out the responsive assessment on 28 November 2023 as part of our work to understand how practices are working to try to meet demand for access and to better understand the experiences of people who use services and providers.

The responsive assessment focused on the responsive key question. This indicated that improvements were needed and as a consequence we carried out a comprehensive inspection on 17 and 22 January 2024.

How we carried out the review and the inspection

This responsive assessment on 28 November 2023 was carried out remotely. It did not include a site visit.

The process included:

  • Conducting an interview with the provider and members of staff using video conferencing.
  • Reviewing patient feedback from a range of sources.
  • Requesting evidence from the provider.
  • Reviewing data we hold about the service.
  • Seeking information/feedback from relevant stakeholders.

This inspection on 17 and 22 January 2024 was carried out in a way which enabled us to spend a minimum amount of time on site.

This included:

  • Conducting staff interviews using video conferencing.
  • Completing clinical searches on the practice’s patient records system (this was with consent from the provider and in line with all data protection and information governance requirements).
  • Reviewing patient records to identify issues and clarify actions taken by the provider.
  • Requesting evidence from the provider.
  • A site visit.

Our findings

We based our judgement on a combination of:

  • what we found when we met with the provider on 28 November 2023.
  • What we found when we inspected on 17 and 22 January 2024.
  • information from our ongoing monitoring of data about services and
  • information from the provider, patients, the public and other organisations.

We found that:

  • The systems in place for the management of long-term conditions had not consistently ensured patients had the required health monitoring.
  • Records were not always appropriately completed, authorised and monitored to identify risks.
  • Several staff had outstanding training that needed to be completed.
  • The cervical screening rates for the practice were below the national target for cervical screening coverage.
  • Childhood immunisation rates were below the World Health Organisation immunisation targets.
  • Patient feedback was that they could not always access care and treatment in a timely way. Patients were dissatisfied with the arrangement for getting through to the practice by phone and their experience of obtaining an appointment.
  • During the assessment process, the provider highlighted the efforts they were making or planning to make to improve the responsiveness of the service for their patient population. However, the patient voice about their experience of access to the practice and obtaining an appointment had been strong for some time and there was insufficient evidence that efforts made to date had improved patient experience.
  • Complaints were not always managed appropriately.

We found a breach of regulations. The provider must:

  • 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.

We also found, the provider should:

  • Take action to hold records relating to the safety of the premises on-site.
  • Take action to check emergency medication weekly as recommended by the Resuscitation Council UK guidelines and indicate in the risk assessment why recommended medicines are not held.
  • Continue to monitor and improve cervical screening and childhood immunisation uptake.
  • Take action to record the role specific induction provided to staff.
  • Provide a summary of recorded meetings for staff unable to attend.

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

Dr Sean O’Kelly BSc MB ChB MSc DCH FRCA

Chief Inspector of Health Care