Letter from the Chief Inspector of General Practice
This practice is rated as Good overall. (The previous inspection was carried out on 26 November 2015 and the practice was rated as Good).
The key questions are rated as:
Are services safe? – Good
Are services effective? – Good
Are services caring? – Good
Are services responsive? – Good
Are services well-led? - Good
As part of our inspection process, we also look at the quality of care for specific population groups. The population groups are rated as:
Older People – Good
People with long-term conditions – Good
Families, children and young people – Good
Working age people (including those retired and students – Good
People whose circumstances may make them vulnerable – Good
People experiencing poor mental health (including people with dementia) - Good
We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at Grove House Surgery and the branch surgery at Chickenley Medical Centre on 10 January 2018 as part of our inspection programme.
At this inspection we found:
- The practice had clear, organised systems and protocols to review and manage risk so that safety incidents were less likely to happen. When incidents did happen, the practice were honest and open, ensured that all staff learned from them and improved their processes.
- Regular meetings were held between the clinical team and the wider multidisciplinary team, including health visitors, midwifes and members of the palliative care team. Managers from the care homes which the practice supported were also invited.
- There was an embedded comprehensive system in place for actioning and cascading medicine safety alerts.
- Results from the July 2017 annual national GP patient survey showed that the patient experience of making an appointment was good. Patients also found it easy to get through to the surgery by phone and satisfaction was 16% higher than the national average.
- The practice had commenced a review of the immunisation status of the staff team; however, this had not been fully completed on the day of inspection. Following our visit a staff immunisation policy was implemented.
- The practice had a Patient Participation Group (PPG) with up to six regular members. The group told us they felt valued by the practice and suggestions, comments and criticisms were always acted upon.
- Staff involved and treated patients with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.
- The practice were participating in the Productive General Practice programme and had implemented new processes for workforce planning and workforce organisation. For example, the patient services team had implemented a ‘jobs board’ whereby each required daily task was allocated to an individual using a red and green card. We saw that roles, tasks and responsibilities were clear and managed in a timely manner.
The areas where the provider should make improvements are:
- The provider should continue to proactively identify patients who are carers to assure themselves that they are able to offer them the appropriate support.
- The provider should continue to review and document the immunisation status of the staff team.
- The provider should review the seating in the reception area of the Chickenley Medical Centre.
Professor Steve Field (CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGP)
Chief Inspector of General Practice