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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 9 April 2019

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at Bearsted Medical Practice on 5 March 2019 as part of our inspection programme.

At this inspection we followed up on breaches of regulations identified at a previous inspection on 7 July 2018.

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 good overall and good for all population groups.

We found that:

  • The practice had improved the way in which it provided care, that kept patients safe and protected them from avoidable harm.
  • Improvements had been made to ensure there were comprehensive systems to keep people safe, which took account of current best practice. The whole team was engaged in reviewing and improving safety and safeguarding systems.
  • Patients received effective care and treatment that met their needs.
  • Staff dealt with patients with kindness and respect and involved them in decisions about their care.
  • The practice organised and delivered services to meet patients’ needs. Patients could access care and treatment in a timely way.
  • The way the practice was led and managed promoted the delivery of high-quality, person-centre care.
  • Systems and processes to ensure good governance had been improved to ensure they were implemented effectively.

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

Dr Rosie Bennyworth BS BMedSci MRCGP

Chief Inspector of General Practice

Inspection areas
Checks on specific services

People with long term conditions


Families, children and young 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