• Doctor
  • Independent doctor

The Medic Clinic

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

90 High Street, Bedford, MK40 1NN (01234) 984065

Provided and run by:
The Medic Clinic LTD

All Inspections

6 July 2023

During a monthly review of our data

We carried out a review of the data available to us about The Medic Clinic on 6 July 2023. 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 The Medic Clinic, you can give feedback on this service.

4 November 2021

During a routine inspection

This service is rated as Good overall. This service was registered by the CQC on 1 July 2020 and this is the first time it has been inspected and rated.

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 comprehensive inspection at The Medic Clinic on 4 November 2021 as part of our inspection programme as the service had not previously been inspected.

The Medic Clinic is registered under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 to provide the following regulated activities:

  • Diagnostic and screening procedures
  • Surgical procedures
  • Treatment of disease, disorder or injury

The Medic Clinic is a private medical clinic, with an emphasis on preventative medicine and lifestyle advice for both adults and children. It offers various services from GP and consultant appointments to physiotherapy and ultrasound services and caters for both acute and on-going health problems. The clinic operates from high street premises in the centre of Bedford. Although it has no on-site parking, there is ample pay and display parking nearby.

The service is managed on a day to day basis by two GPs, one of whom is both the nominated individual and registered manager. A registered manager is a person who is registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are registered persons. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated regulations.

Due to the current pandemic we were unable to obtain comments from patients via our normal process of asking the provider to place comment cards within the service location. However, we saw from internal surveys and reviews on social media that patients were consistently positive about the service, describing staff as professional, kind, polite, non-judgemental and caring. Patients also commented on the service being well maintained and clean. We did not speak with patients on the day, as there were none attending for regulated activities.

Our key findings were:

  • The service had safety systems and processes in place to keep people safe. There were systems to identify, monitor and manage risks and to learn from incidents.
  • There were regular reviews of the effectiveness of treatments, services, and procedures to ensure care and treatment was delivered in line with evidence-based guidelines.
  • Staff treated patients with compassion, respect and kindness and involved them in decisions about their care.
  • There were systems in place to safeguard children and vulnerable adults from abuse and staff we spoke with knew how to identify and report safeguarding concerns. All staff had been trained to a level appropriate to their role.
  • The service had systems to manage risk so that safety incidents were less likely to happen. When incidents did happen, the service learned from them and improved their processes.
  • Clinical staff we spoke with were aware of current evidence-based guidance and they had the skills, knowledge and experience to carry out their roles.
  • There was evidence of quality improvement, including clinical audit.
  • Consent procedures were followed and these were in line with legal requirements.
  • Staff we spoke with were aware of their responsibility to respect people’s diversity and human rights.
  • Systems were in place to protect personal information about patients. The service was registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
  • Patients were able to access care and treatment from the clinic within an appropriate timescale for their needs.
  • Information about services and how to complain was available.
  • The service had proactively gathered feedback from patients.
  • Governance arrangements were in place. There were clear responsibilities, roles and systems of accountability to support good governance and management.

The areas where the provider should make improvements are:

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face to face basic life support training had not been completed during the last 12 months. The provider should arrange this as soon as possible once restrictions allow.

Dr Rosie Benneyworth BM BS BMedSci MRCGP
Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care