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CQC rate Oldham GP practice as Inadequate

9 February 2018
Oldham Family Practice
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  • GP and GP out-of-hours services

England’s Chief Inspector of General Practice has told an Oldham GP practice that it must improve. Care Quality Commission inspectors visited Dr Ahmed Choudhuryalso known as the Oldham Family Practice - in December 2017.

Inspectors have rated the practice as inadequate for safety, effectiveness and well led and requires improvement for caring and responsiveness. Overall the practice has been rated as inadequate.

A full report of the inspection can be found on our website.

The report highlights a number of areas of concern including:

The practice did not have clear systems to manage risk so that safety incidents were less likely to happen. When incidents did happen, the practice did not always record or investigate, so learning from them was not demonstrated.

The practice did not have adequate systems to safeguard children and vulnerable adults from abuse. GPs told us they did not attend any formal safeguarding meetings. There was no system in place to follow up children who did not attend appointments

Beverley Cole, CQC Head of General Practice in the North, said:

“The practice had gone to the lengths of adopting safety procedures and had a suite of safety policies, and those we requested had been reviewed. However, policies were not always followed, for example the safeguarding children and young people policy. The practice manager told us there was no written guidance about reporting significant events."

“The practice was not able to demonstrate that staff were appropriately trained. Not all staff had received training in safeguarding. One practice nurse had not been trained in safeguarding children, and there was only evidence of the other practice nurse having level one training in safeguarding children, instead of the required level two."

“There were systems for safely managing healthcare waste. However, we found 24 out of date syringes stored with in-date syringes in a clinical room. One of these had an expiry date of October 2015. Having systems in place is clearly good practice, but ensuring they are adhered to is crucial to the success of the safe management of the practice"

“It is important that the people who are registered with the practice can rely on getting high quality care. The service has been placed in special measures and will be kept under review and if needed could be escalated to urgent enforcement action, and if there is not enough improvement we will move to close the service.”


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Last updated:
9 February 2018

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.