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Inspection carried out on 30/05/2018

During a routine inspection

This practice 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 comprehensive inspection at Northpoint Medical Practice on 30 May 2018 as part of our inspection programme.

At this inspection we found:

  • The practice had clear systems to manage risk so that safety incidents were less likely to happen. When incidents did happen, the practice learned from them, and improved their processes.
  • The practice had systems in place to minimise risks to patient safety.
  • The practice had good facilities and was well equipped to treat patients and meet their needs.
  • The new provider had thoroughly reviewed the effectiveness and appropriateness of the care it provided. They ensured that care and treatment was delivered according to evidence- based guidelines and best practice.
  • Staff involved and treated patients with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.
  • The practice had an established and engaged Patient Participation Group (PPG) who were integral to the development of the practice.
  • The practice organised and delivered services to take account of individual and cultural patient needs and preferences.
  • There was a clear leadership structure and staff felt supported by management. The practice proactively sought feedback from staff and patients, which it acted on.
  • Information about services and how to complain was available. Improvements were made to the quality of care as a result of complaints and concerns.
  • There was a strong focus on improvement at all levels of the organisation.

The areas where the provider should make improvements are:

  • Improve the system for checking and recall for patients that are on high risk medication.
  • Implement in-depth clinical outcome based audits to improve to patient care.

Professor Steve Field CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGP
Chief Inspector of General Practice