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CQC inspectors find Marple Cottage Surgery in Stockport to be Outstanding

24 March 2016
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The Care Quality Commission has found the quality of care provided by Marple Cottage Surgery in Stockport, Greater Manchester, to be Outstanding following an inspection in February 2016.

Under CQC’s programme of inspections, all of England’s GP practices are being given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.

The inspection team was led by a CQC lead inspector and supported by specialist advisors including a GP and person with practice management experience. The services provided by Marple Cottage Surgery have been rated as Outstanding overall and Outstanding for providing services to the local population groups.

A full report of the inspection has been published today.

The surgery, operating from Church Street in Marple, serves approximately 8,600 patients.

  • The practice implemented a robust system to ensure that all housebound patients received regular health checks, focusing on identifying and treating long term and chronic conditions such as diabetes.
  • The practice undertook a range of planned clinical audits to maintain and improve on the quality of service they provided.
  • The practice actively supported the training and development of medical students and trainee GP’s to carry out clinical audits to improve the quality of services to patients.
  • GP’s NHS contact details were provided to patients so that they could seek medical advice quickly to determine the need for further medical intervention.
  • The practice was also trialling video consultations for patients with asthma to enable them to speak to their GP without needing to travel to the practice. 
  • Whilst the practice had a robust complaints procedure and lessons were learnt from concerns raised, positive feedback was also recorded and used as a learning and development resource to improve customer service.

Sue McMillan, Deputy Chief Inspector of General Practice in the North, said:

"It is clear that people are at the heart of Marple Cottage Surgery’s vision for care. The practice was utilising technology and innovative techniques to ensure people were treated quickly and effectively, and the staff were working hard to continually improve the quality of its service and provide people with consistently high quality care and treatment.

“The practice was clearly well thought of by its patients. It was impressive to see the lengths the practice went to, to ensure patients had access to a GP and primary care services. It is a real asset to the people living in this part of Stockport.

“This is a great example of what outstanding care looks like.”


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Last updated:
29 May 2017

Notes to editors

CQC has published a full report on Marple Cottage Surgery.

Providers are required to display their ratings on their premises and on their websites so that the public can see their rating quickly and easily. Further information on the requirement for providers to prominently display their CQC ratings.

In July 2015 CQC launched a new online toolkit for GPs, featuring examples of outstanding practice that inspectors have found in GP surgeries across England. The toolkit, at, intends to provide real-world, illustrative examples of high quality general practice that other providers can refer to.

About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.