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Fakenham Medical Practice Good

Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 14 October 2016

Letter from the Chief Inspector of General Practice

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at Fakenham Medical Practice on 6 September 2016. This inspection was in follow up to our previous comprehensive inspection at the practice on 23 March 2016 where breaches were found. Following the 23 March 2016 inspection, the practice was rated as requires improvement for providing safe services and the overall rating of the practice was good. We issued requirement notices to the practice to inform them where improvements were needed. After the 23 March 2016 inspection, the practice wrote to us to say what they would do to meet legal requirements in relation to safe services.

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

  • We found that improvements had been made and that the systems and process in place ensured safe management of medicines for patients.

  • The practice had completed robust fire risk assessments and had taken action on improvements identified.

  • The practice had a system to ensure that the immunisation status of clinical staff employed at the practice was held.

  • The practice had undertaken audits to encourage improvement, and share learning.

Professor Steve Field (CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGP) 

Chief Inspector of General Practice

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 14 October 2016

We reviewed the actions taken by the practice in response to the requirement notice issued to them following the inspection on 23 March 2016. We found that safety systems had been improved.

Effective

Good

Updated 14 October 2016

Caring

Good

Updated 14 October 2016

Responsive

Good

Updated 14 October 2016

Well-led

Good

Updated 14 October 2016

Checks on specific services

People with long term conditions

Good

Updated 17 May 2016

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

Nursing staff had roles in chronic disease management; data showed that patient outcomes were in line when compared with other practices in the locality. Patients that had attended appointments had a structured annual review to check that their health and medication needs were being met. The practice held weekly meetings attended by GP, nurse and administration staff to ensure that patients received appropriate re-calls and follow up.

Home visits were available to those patients who could not attend the surgery.

Longer appointments were available if required. Practice staff followed up patients who did not attend their appointments by telephone.

Families, children and young people

Good

Updated 17 May 2016

The practice is rated as good for the care of families 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 patients who had a high number of A&E attendances. Immunisation rates were in line with local averages for all standard childhood immunisations. Young children were given priority appointments for urgent needs.

The practice website offered an excellent range of information for young people. The information contained links on where young patients could access help if needed as well as the services available in the practice.

The practice was part of the C-Card scheme; this scheme enabled young patients to access free condoms.

Appointments were available outside of school hours and the premises were suitable for children and babies. We saw examples of joint working with midwives, health visitors, and school nurses.

Older people

Good

Updated 17 May 2016

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

The practice offered proactive, personalised care to meet the needs of the older people in its population. Home visits were available for those unable to attend the practice. Continuity of care was maintained for older people through a stable GP workforce and personalised patient centred care. The practice provided visits to local care homes.

The practice regularly reviewed attendances at the accident and emergency department to ensure that those patients identified as vulnerable to admission were reviewed.

We saw evidence that the practice had worked to the Gold Standards Framework for those patients with end of life care needs.

Working age people (including those recently retired and students)

Good

Updated 17 May 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, including those recently retired and students had been identified, and the practice had adjusted the services it offered to ensure these 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 reflected the needs for this age group.

The practice did not restrict patients to certain appointment times to attend for their annual reviews; patients who worked were able to book at times that were convenient to them.

Telephone consultations were available for those patients who wished to seek advice from a GP. NHS health checks were available.

People experiencing poor mental health (including people with dementia)

Good

Updated 17 May 2016

The practice is rated as good for the care of people experiencing poor mental health (including people with dementia).

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

Staff told us that 70.2% of patients with dementia had received advance care planning and had received an annual review. These patients had a named GP and continuity of care was prioritised for them.

Same day appointments and telephone triage with a GP was offered to ensure that any health needs were quickly assessed for this group of patients.

The practice told patients experiencing poor mental health about how to access various support groups and voluntary organisations. Staff had knowledge on how to care for patients with mental health needs and dementia.

The practice was supporting a local initiative; a practice nurse was part of the steering group which hoped to develop Fakenham into a Dementia friendly community.

People whose circumstances may make them vulnerable

Good

Updated 17 May 2016

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

The practice held a register of patients living in vulnerable circumstances including those with a learning disability. It offered longer appointments and carried out annual health checks.

The practice performance for the number of patients with learning disabilities that had received an annual review was 100%.

The practice regularly worked with multi-disciplinary teams in the case management of vulnerable patients. We saw the practice provided vulnerable patients with information about how to access various support groups and voluntary organisations.

Staff knew how to recognise signs of abuse or neglect 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.

Practice staff were intuitive to the needs of this group of patients and demonstrated that they had a personalised approach to helping them.