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We are carrying out a review of quality at The Westway Surgery. We will publish a report when our review is complete. Find out more about our inspection reports.

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 3 April 2019

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at Westway Surgery on 8 January 2019. The practice was previously inspected in October 2014 and was rated good overall, with requires improvement for the patient population groups of families, children and young people and people who are experiencing poor mental health (including people with dementia).

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 inadequate overall.

We rated the practice as inadequate for providing safe services because:

•The practice did not have clear systems and processes to keep patients safe.

•Receptionists had not been given guidance on identifying red flag signs for deteriorating or acutely unwell patients. They were not aware of actions to take in respect of such patients.

•The practice did not have appropriate systems in place for the safe management of medicines.

•The practice did not learn and make improvements when things went wrong.

We rated the practice as inadequate for providing effective services because:

•There was limited monitoring of the outcomes of care and treatment.

•The practice was unable to show that staff had the skills, knowledge and experience to carry out their roles.

•The practice was unable to show that it always obtained consent to care and treatment.

•Some performance data was significantly below local and national averages.

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

•The practice was unable to demonstrate effective systems and processes to keep people safe.

•There are inadequate systems and processes in place to be assured of the quality and safety of the service being provided.

•Leaders could not show that they had the capacity and skills to deliver high quality, sustainable care.

•The practice did not have a clear or credible strategy.

•The practice culture did not effectively support high quality sustainable care.

•The practice did not have clear and effective processes for managing risks, issues and performance.

•The practice did not always act on appropriate and accurate information.

•We saw no evidence of systems and processes for learning, continuous improvement and innovation.

These areas affected all population groups so we rated all population groups as inadequate.

We rated the practice as requires improvement for providing caring and responsive services because:

•The practice had limited systems in place to identify carers and provide relevant support.

•Staff dealt with patients with kindness and respect.

•Patients made positive comments about the care and treatment they received.

•Patients could generally access care and treatment in a timely way, although appointment times were limited.

The areas where the provider must make improvements are:

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

•Establish effective systems and processes to ensure good governance in accordance with the fundamental standards of care.

I am placing this service in special measures. Services placed in special measures will be inspected again within six months. If insufficient improvements have been made such that there remains a rating of inadequate for any population group, key question or overall, we will take action in line with our enforcement procedures to begin the process of preventing the provider from operating the service. This will lead to cancelling their registration or to varying the terms of their registration within six months if they do not improve.

The service will be kept under review and if needed could be escalated to urgent enforcement action. Where necessary, another inspection will be conducted within a further six months, and if there is not enough improvement we will move to close the service by adopting our proposal to remove this location or cancel the provider’s registration.

Special measures will give people who use the service the reassurance that the care they get should improve.

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

Dr Rosie Benneyworth BM BS BMedSci MRCGP

Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care

Inspection areas


Requires improvement


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