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The Thornton Practice Outstanding

Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Outstanding

Updated 7 December 2018

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at The Thornton Practice on 25 October 2018 as part of our inspection programme. Our inspection team was led by a CQC inspector and included a GP specialist advisor.

At the last inspection in December 2014 we rated the practice as good overall.

Our judgement of the quality of care at this service is based 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 outstanding overall.

This means that:

  • Patients were protected from avoidable harm and abuse and that legal requirements were met.
  • Patients had good outcomes because they received effective care and treatment that met their needs.
  • Patients were supported, treated with dignity and respect and were involved as partners in their care.
  • People’s needs were met by the way in which services were organised and delivered.
  • The leadership, governance and culture of the practice promoted the delivery of high quality person-centred care.

We rated the practice as outstanding for providing responsive services because:

  • Services were tailored to meet the needs of individual people and were delivered in a way to ensure flexibility, choice and continuity of care.

  • The practice had identified areas where there were gaps in provision locally and had taken steps to address them.

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

  • Leadership, governance and culture were used to drive and improve the delivery of high-quality person-centred care.
  • The practice led local initiatives to improve care and shared their best practice to the benefit of the neighbourhood.
  • Staff, patients and the patient participation group (PPG) had been involved by the practice leaders in the planning and delivery of care.
  • The practice had developed a vision to deliver high levels of care, staff reported high levels of motivation, work satisfaction and involvement achieving the practice vision.

We saw several areas of outstanding practice including:

  • Services were tailored to meet the needs of individual people are were delivered in a way to ensure flexibility, choice and continuity of care. The practice had identified areas where there were gaps in service provision locally and had taken steps to address these, by creating new roles and processes to better meet needs. Feedback received from patients and other stakeholders on the changes made was positive. We noted increased levels of staff and patient satisfaction.
  • The practice looked at demand for appointments after a long-term audit of appointment availability and use, analysing capacity and patient demand. The results were used to ensure sufficient urgent and routine appointments were provided each day, linked to demand. The impact had been a significant reduction in the volume and unpredictability of unscheduled work. The practice linked this to less pressure for staff and patients by the positive survey results. We noted that staff and patients had provided positive feedback around this area.
  • The PPG which had been established three years previously had, with the support and financial backing of the practice, led and completed several successful initiatives and projects to promote patient wellbeing and care, for example the “Healthy Heroes” and “BioBlitz” initiatives they had been recognised locally and nationally as an exemplar.
  • There were high levels of engagement with external partners agencies to deliver care and lifestyle improvements to patients, for example, the “Fleetwood Town community trust.” and multi-agency flu clinics.
  • The practice used social media innovatively to engage with patients both at the practice and in the locality.

There were areas where the provider should make improvements are:

  • Record all safety alerts and action taken in response to them.
  • Include declarations in recruitment information held.
  • Document a risk assessment of content and location of emergency medicines.
  • Check and update entries in staff training matrix against certificates of training.

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 areas

Safe

Good

Effective

Outstanding

Caring

Good

Responsive

Outstanding

Well-led

Outstanding
Checks on specific services

People with long term conditions

Outstanding

Families, children and young people

Outstanding

Older people

Outstanding

Working age people (including those recently retired and students)

Outstanding

People experiencing poor mental health (including people with dementia)

Outstanding

People whose circumstances may make them vulnerable

Outstanding