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CQC place Kent GP practice into special measures

24 October 2017
Albion Place Medical Practice
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  • GP and GP out-of-hours services

England’s Chief Inspector of General Practice has placed Albion Place Medical Practice in Albion Place, Maidstone, Kent into special measures following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission in July.

Inspectors rated the service as Inadequate for being safe and well-led, Requires Improvement for being effective and responsive to people’s needs and Good for being caring. The overall rating was Inadequate.

The full inspection report can be found on our website.

Janet Williamson, Deputy Chief Inspector of General Practice, said;

“As a result of this inspection we have placed Albion Place Medical Practice into special measures and have also issued two requirement notices. We will re-inspect the practice within six months to check whether sufficient improvements have been made. If we find that the service provided by this surgery remains inadequate, we will take further action”

Key findings of the inspection included:

  • The practice’s system for reporting and recording significant events was not always effectively managed and implemented.
  • Patients were at risk of harm because the systems and processes to help keep them safe and safeguarded from abuse were not always implemented effectively.
  • The arrangements for managing medicines in the practice did not always keep patients safe.
  • Risks to patients were not always assessed and managed in an effective and timely manner.
  • The practice was unable to demonstrate they had a reliable system that ensured records were kept of all samples sent for the cervical screening programme.


For further information please contact CQC Regional Engagement Officer Lara Orija on 07789 875 306. 

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Last updated:
24 October 2017

Notes to editors

To get to the heart of people’s experiences of care, we always ask the following five questions of services.

  • Are they safe?
  • Are they effective?
  • Are they caring?
  • Are they responsive to people’s needs?
  • Are they well-led?

For every NHS GP practice and out-of-hours service, we will look at the quality of care for the following six population groups: Older people, People with long-term conditions, Families, children and young people, Working age people (including those recently retired and students),People whose circumstances may make them vulnerable, People experiencing poor mental health (including people with dementia). 

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.

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.