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Review carried out on 9 September 2021

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about Stockton Heath Medical Centre on 9 September 2021. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.

This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.

If you have concerns about Stockton Heath Medical Centre, you can give feedback on this service.

Review carried out on 21 March 2020

During an annual regulatory review

We reviewed the information available to us about Stockton Heath Medical Centre on 21 March 2020. We did not find evidence of significant changes to the quality of service being provided since the last inspection. As a result, we decided not to inspect the surgery at this time. We will continue to monitor this information about this service throughout the year and may inspect the surgery when we see evidence of potential changes.

Inspection carried out on 26 July 2018

During an inspection looking at part of the service

We previously carried out an announced focused inspection at Stockton Heath Medical Centre 16 February 2017. The inspection was to check if the provider had carried out their plan to meet the legal requirements in relation to the breaches made during the announced comprehensive inspection on 24 February 2016.

The overall rating for the practice was good with a rating of requires improvement for the key question of responsive. The focused inspection report on the 16 February 2017 and the full comprehensive report on 24 February 2016 inspection can be found by selecting the ‘all reports’ link for Stockton Heath Medical Centre on our website at www.cqc.org.uk.

This announced, focused inspection was carried out on 26 July 2018 was to confirm that action had been taken to improve capacity for the provision of clinical appointments and to improve patient experience of access to the service as identified at our previous inspection on 16 February 2017. This report covers our findings in relation to these shortfalls found at our last inspection.

The practice is still rated as good overall and following this inspection rated as good for providing a responsive service.

Our key findings were as follows:

The practice had made improvements and addressed the issues identified in the previous inspection. Improvements included:

  • Action had been taken to improve capacity for the provision of clinical appointments and improve patient experience of access to the service.
  • The practice had recruited four new GPs and had used locum GPs to cover maternity leave.
  • Extended access appointments with the nurse practitioner are available from 7.15am Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Two new trainee assistant practitioners have been employed and the assistant practitioner has commenced training for GP assistant role.
  • The practice employs an administration assistant who manage clinical correspondence to assist the GPs.
  • There had been an increase of online appointments available and patients have been recommended to sign up for on-line access.
  • The appointment system has been weighted to manage daily urgent care demand during morning sessions and pre-bookable appointments in the afternoon.
  • Reception staff have received training in Care Navigation so they are now trained patient advisors.

At our previous inspection on 24 February 2017, we rated the practice as requires improvement for providing responsive services because although we found action had been taken to improve access to the service further improvement was needed.

At the 24 February 2017 inspection we found the practice should improve capacity for the provision of clinical appointments and improve the patient experience of access to the service.

At this focused inspection we found that improvements had been made to patient access and the number of available appointments had increased. The practice is now rated as good for providing responsive services.

Professor Steve Field CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGP

Chief Inspector of General Practice

Inspection carried out on 16/03/2017

During an inspection looking at part of the service

Letter from the Chief Inspector of General Practice

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at Stockton Heath Medical Centre on 24 February 2016. The full comprehensive report on the February 2016 inspection can be found by selecting the ‘all reports’ link for Stockton Heath Medical Centre on our website at www.cqc.org.uk.

At our previous inspection in February 2016 we rated the practice as ‘good’ overall but as ‘requires improvement’ for the key question of responsiveness. This was because improvements were needed to the appointments system to ensure it was responsive to the needs of patients. We issued a requirement notice as this was a breach of regulation.

This inspection visit was carried out on 16 March 2017 to check if the provider had carried out their plan to meet the legal requirements in relation to the breaches. This report covers our findings in relation to that and additional improvements made since our last inspection.

The findings of this inspection were that the provider had taken a number of actions to meet the requirement notice issued and improve patient experience of accessing the service. The provider had taken action to review and make changes to the appointments system. These changes had resulted in some improvement in patient experience of access and making an appointment. However, we found these areas required further improvement. The service therefore continues to be rated as ‘requires improvement’ for our key question of responsive.

Importantly, the provider should:

  • Take action to improve capacity for the provision of clinical appointments and improve patient experience of access to the service.

The provider had also made a number of improvements to the service in response to recommendations we made at our last inspection;

  • A review of staff roles and capacity had been carried out. As a result each day the GPs were allocated to responding to acute or routine patient concerns. Access had also been improved by using locum GPs. The practice had also secured two pharmacists to support the team. Clinical pharmacists work as part of the general practice team to resolve day-to-day medicines issues and consult with patients directly.

  • Improvements had been made to the system for recording the actions taken in response to significant events and safety alerts. Significant events were being reviewed as part of a rolling rota for clinical meetings and a shared database was being used to provide staff with access to the records of clinical meetings.

  • The arrangements for ensuring regular clinical audits were carried out had improved. The practice shared three clinical audits with us that had been commenced in the past 12 months.

  • A system had been introduced to improve the arrangements for accounting for and storing blank prescriptions.

Professor Steve Field (CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGP) 

Chief Inspector of General Practice

Inspection carried out on 24/02/2016

During a routine inspection

Letter from the Chief Inspector of General Practice

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at Stockton Heath Medical Centre on 24 February 2016. Overall the practice is rated as good.

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

  • Staff understood and fulfilled their responsibilities to raise concerns and report incidents and near misses. Significant events had been investigated and action had been taken as a result of the learning from events.

  • Systems were in place to deal with medical emergencies and all staff were trained in basic life support.

  • There were systems in place to reduce risks to patient safety. For example, infection control practices were good and there were regular checks on the environment and on equipment used.

  • Staff assessed patients’ needs and delivered care in line with current evidence based guidance.

  • Feedback from patients about the clinical care and treatment they received was very positive.

  • Data showed that outcomes for patients at this practice were similar to locally and nationally reported outcomes.

  • Staff had the skills, knowledge and experience to deliver effective care and treatment.

  • Staff felt well supported in their roles and were kept up to date with appropriate training.

  • Overall, patients said they were treated with dignity and respect and they were involved in decisions about their care and treatment.

  • Patients consistently reported concerns with the appointments system. They told us they had difficulty in getting through to the practice by telephone and in making an appointment with a GP.

  • The practice had good facilities, including disabled access. It was well equipped to treat patients and meet their needs.

  • Information about services and how to complain was available. Complaints had been investigated and responded to in a timely manner.

  • The practice had a clear vision to provide a safe and high quality service.

  • There was a clear leadership and staff structure and staff understood their roles and responsibilities.

  • The practice provided a range of enhanced services to meet the needs of the local population.

  • The practice sought patient views about improvements that could be made to the service. This included the practice having and consulting with a patient participation group (PPG).

Areas where the provider must make improvements are:

  • The provider must review the appointments system to ensure it is responsive to the needs of patients.

Areas where the provider should make improvements:

  • Carry out a comprehensive review of service provision, staff capacity and demand for services.

  • Implement a more effective system to record the actions taken in response to significant events and safety alerts.

  • Demonstrate improvements to patient care through the completion of two cycle clinical audits.

  • Review the arrangements for prescription security.

Professor Steve Field (CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGP) 

Chief Inspector of General Practice

Inspection carried out on 7 January 2014

During a routine inspection

During this inspection we visited Stockton Heath Medical Centre, Warrington. We spoke with a GP / registered manager, practice manager, practice nurse, reception staff and a sample of patients on the day of our visit.

Patients spoken with were positive about the practice and commented that they were happy with the care they received. Comments received from patients included: �Excellent care and attention�; �Very efficient service� and �Constant high level of care.�

The practice provided patients' with a range of health care information leaflets and information on the practice and the complaints procedure was contained within the practice's leaflet, copies of which were in the waiting room.