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Walkden Medical Practice Good

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 25 April 2019

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at Walkden Medical Practice as part of our inspection programme. The practice was previously inspected on 15 October 2014 and was rated as outstanding in effective, and good in all other key questions.

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 have rated this practice as requires improvement in safe and good in all other key questions, and good for all population groups.

We rated the practice as requires improvement for providing safe services because:

  • The practice did not always have clear systems and processes to keep patients safe. This included taking appropriate action on patient safety alerts and ensuring recruitment checks were documented when employing new staff members. The practice informed us after the inspection that they would ensure checks were carried out.
  • The practice did not always have oversight of what training locum clinicians had completed. The practice told us after the inspection that they would ensure training was checked.

The areas where the provider must make improvements are:

  • Ensure that care and treatment is provided in a safe way.

The areas where the provider should make improvements are:

  • The practice should dispose of out of date consumables.
  • The practice should consider documenting and formalising appraisals.
  • GPs should attend regular vaccine and immunisation update training.

Details of our findings and the evidence supporting our ratings are set out in the evidence tables.

Rosey BenneyworthChief Inspector of General Practice

Inspection areas


Requires improvement








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