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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 12 July 2019

We carried out an announced focused inspection at Wearside Medical Practice, on 29 May 2019. This was part of our ongoing inspection programme, but we also wanted to check the practice had made the improvements we said they should, when we last inspected the practice in May 2018.

At the last inspection, we rated the practice as requires improvement for providing well-led services. We asked the provider to:

  • Develop effective systems and processes to ensure good governance.
  • Review and improve their recruitment procedures. In particular, to ensure the practice completed disclosure and barring service (DBS) checks prior to the appointment of new staff.
  • Complete the process of recording the immunisation status of all non-clinical staff.
  • Ensure that international normalized ratio (INR) results for warfarin are added to patients’ medical records.

At this inspection, we found that the provider had acted to address these areas. However, they should:

  • Review the DBS certificates of clinical staff to make sure the checks carried out are at the appropriate level for the role in which they are employed.

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 this practice as good overall. (Previous rating May 2018 – Good).

We rated the practice as good for providing well led services because the practice had:

  • Strengthened and improved their governance systems and processes.
  • Reviewed their recruitment procedures and ensured that all staff who had commenced employment since the last inspection had undergone a DBS check before starting work at the practice.
  • Documented the immunisation status of all non-clinical staff.
  • Set up a system which ensured that patients’ INR warfarin results are added to their medical records.

Dr Rosie Benneyworth BM BS BMedSci MRCGP

Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care

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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