12 January 2022
Stort Valley Healthcare Limited is a GP Federation set up by five GP practices. They are commissioned to deliver an Extended Access Service for the locality of Stort Valley and the surrounding villages. The service is commissioned by the East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) under an Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) contract.
The address of the service is,
Hertfordshire & Essex Community Hospital
The website is www.stortvalleyhealthcare.com
The service operates from,
- 6.30pm to 8pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
- 6.30pm to 9pm on Wednesdays
- 8am to 11am on Saturdays
- 9am to 1pm on Sundays.
Appointments are available with a GP, practice nurse or physiotherapist and are offered at one of the sites used as follows,
- South Street Surgery, 83 South Street, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 3AP
- Parsonage Surgery, Herts and Essex Hospital, Haymeads Lane, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 5JH
- Haymeads Health Centre (branch surgery of Church Street Partnership), Herts and Essex Hospital, Haymeads Lane, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 5JH
- Central Surgery, Bell Street, Sawbridgeworth, Herts CM21 9AQ
They are all NHS GP practices separately registered with the CQC.
The provider is registered with CQC to deliver the Regulated Activity treatment of disease, disorder or injury.
12 January 2022
This service is rated as Good overall.
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
We carried out an announced inspection at Stort Valley Healthcare Limited on 10 December 2021 as part of our inspection programme.
How we carried out the inspection
Throughout the pandemic CQC has continued to regulate and respond to risk. However, taking into account the circumstances arising as a result of the pandemic, and in order to reduce risk, we have conducted our inspections differently.
This inspection was carried out in a way which enabled us to spend a minimum amount of time on site. This was with consent from the provider and in line with data protection and information governance requirements.
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.
At this inspection we found:
- The service had clear systems to keep people safe and safeguarded from abuse. Staff had received appropriate pre-employment checks and relevant training.
- The service had good systems to manage risk so that safety incidents were less likely to happen. When they did happen, the service learned from them and improved their processes.
- There were systems to assess, monitor and manage risks to patient safety these included an overview of risk assessments of the GP practices used by the service.
- The service routinely reviewed the effectiveness and appropriateness of the care it provided. It ensured that care and treatment was delivered according to current evidence-based guidelines.
- Staff helped patients be involved in decisions about their care and provided health information when needed.
- Patients were able to access care and treatment from the service in the evenings and weekends by booking appointments via their usual GP practice.
- There were clear responsibilities, roles and systems of accountability to support good governance and management.
- There was a strong focus on continuous learning and improvement at all levels of the organisation.
Dr Rosie Benneyworth BM BS BMedSci MRCGP
Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care