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Cedar Medical Practice

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

275 Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, DN16 2AB (01724) 843375

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Cedar Medical Practice

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Background to this inspection

Updated 4 February 2016

Cedar Medical Practice is situated in Scunthorpe and provides service under a general medical services (GMS) contract NHS England, North Lincolnshire to the practice population of 6,400, covering patients of all ages and population groups. The practice also operates a branch surgery in Scunthorpe Town Centre.

The practice has three GP partners and a salaried GP. There is a practice manager supported by a team of reception and administration staff, one nurse practitioner, two practice nurses, one health care assistant and one phlebotomist.

The practice is a teaching and training practice taking year 5 medical students and GP trainees of the Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber School of Primary Care.

The main practice is open 08.00 – 18.30 Monday to Friday and 08.00 – 12.00 on a Saturday. The branch practice is open 08.00 to 12.00 Monday to Friday. Patients requiring a GP outside of normal working hours are advised to contact the 111 service.

Overall inspection


Updated 4 February 2016

Letter from the Chief Inspector of General Practice

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at Cedar Medical Practice on 21 October 2015. Overall the practice is rated as good.

Our key findings across all the areas we inspected were as follows:

  • Staff understood and fulfilled their responsibilities to raise concerns, and to report incidents and near misses. Information about safety was recorded, monitored, appropriately reviewed and addressed.
  • Risks to patients were assessed and well managed.
  • Patients’ needs were assessed and care was planned and delivered following best practice guidance. Staff had received training appropriate to their roles and any further training needs had been identified and planned.
  • 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 urgent appointments available the same day and they could usually see their preferred GP.
  • 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.

Professor Steve Field (CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGP) 

Chief Inspector of General Practice

People with long term conditions


Updated 4 February 2016

The practice is rated as good for the care of people with long-term conditions.

  • Nursing staff had lead roles in chronic disease management and patients at risk of hospital admission were identified as a priority.

  • Longer appointments and home visits were available when needed.

  • All of these patients had a named GP and a structured annual review to check that their health and medicines needs were being met. For those people with the most complex needs, the named GP worked with relevant health and care professionals to deliver a multidisciplinary package of care.

Families, children and young people


Updated 4 February 2016

The practice is rated as good for the care of families, children and young people.

  • There were systems in place to identify and follow up children living in disadvantaged circumstances and who were at risk, for example, children and young people who had a high number of A&E attendances. Immunisation rates were relatively high for all standard childhood immunisations.

  • Patients told us that children and young people were treated in an age-appropriate way and were recognised as individuals, and we saw evidence to confirm this.

  • Appointments were available outside of school hours and the premises were suitable for children and babies.

  • We saw good examples of joint working with midwives, health visitors and school nurses.

Older people


Updated 4 February 2016

The practice is rated as good for the care of older people.

  • Nationally reported data showed that outcomes for patients were good for conditions commonly found in older people.

  • The practice offered proactive, personalised care to meet the needs of the older people in its population.

  • It was responsive to the needs of older people, and offered home visits and urgent appointments for those with enhanced needs.

  • The practice participated in the Elderly Care Fund Enhanced Service and all registered patients aged 75 or over had a named accountable GP.

Working age people (including those recently retired and students)


Updated 4 February 2016

The practice is rated as good for the care of working-age people (including those recently retired and students).

  • The needs of the working age population, those recently retired and students had been identified and the practice had adjusted the services they offered. This ensured they were accessible, flexible and offered continuity of care.

  • The practice was proactive in offering online services as well as a full range of health promotion and screening that reflects the needs for this age group.

  • Extended hours with pre-bookable appointments were available on a Saturday between 9am and 12pm.

People experiencing poor mental health (including people with dementia)


Updated 4 February 2016

  • The practice has signed up to the dementia enhanced series where ‘at risk’ patients had been identified.92.7% of people diagnosed with dementia had had their care reviewed in a face to face meeting in the last 12 months.

  • The practice regularly worked with multi-disciplinary teams in the case management of people experiencing poor mental health, including those with dementia.

  • It carried out advance care planning for patients with dementia.

  • The practice had told patients experiencing poor mental health how to access various support groups and voluntary organisations.

  • It had a system in place to follow up patients who had attended accident and emergency where they may have been experiencing poor mental health.

  • Staff had a good understanding of how to support people with mental health needs and dementia.

  • Mental health workers deliver clinics within the practice.

People whose circumstances may make them vulnerable


Updated 4 February 2016

The practice is rated as good for the care of people whose circumstances may make them vulnerable.

  • The practice held a register of patients living in vulnerable circumstances including homeless people, travellers and those with a learning disability.

  • It offered longer appointments for people with a learning disability.

  • The practice regularly worked with multi-disciplinary teams in the case management of vulnerable people.

  • It had told vulnerable patients about how to access various support groups and voluntary organisations.

  • Staff knew how to recognise signs of abuse in vulnerable adults and children. Staff were aware of their responsibilities regarding information sharing, documentation of safeguarding concerns and how to contact relevant agencies in normal working hours and out of hours.

  • The practice had strong links with local care homes, which specialised in providing elderly and nursing care.