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South London GP practice rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

24 September 2015
Amersham Vale Practice
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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found the quality of care provided by the Amersham Vale Practice to be Outstanding following a comprehensive inspection carried out in June 2015.

Inspectors found that the practice was providing a safe, caring, and well-led service that was particularly effective and responsive to the needs of the local community.

A full report of the inspection has been published today.

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

CQC found that safeguarding processes were firmly established and embedded within practice culture. The practice had a child protection clinical and administrative lead and there was evidence of regular liaison with the local clinical commissioning group (CCG) regarding to safeguarding issues.

The practice had a clear vision which all staff understood. Staff said that they felt supported by the practice management team and were happy to make suggestions or raise concerns. Staff said that they understood and fulfilled their responsibilities to raise concerns, report incidents and near misses.

Although there was evidence of actions and learning from incidents that had occurred, the practice did not have an incident reporting policy in place.

The practice had increased the flexibility of access to appointments for vulnerable patients, unable to utilise the standard appointment and telephone systems, through the maintenance of a register which enabled priority appointments. Patients on the register were seen within an hour of attending the practice, or received an urgent call back.

CQC inspectors saw that the practice worked closely with a local homeless shelter to provide general medical care. Local homeless patients were able to access traditional primary care through the practice, including nursing care and vaccinations.

Ursula Gallagher, Deputy Chief Inspector of General Practice said:

"We have found that the Amersham Vale Practice is providing an Outstanding service, particularly for people whose circumstances may make them vulnerable.

“We were particularly impressed with the practice’s work to initiate positive service improvements for local patients and the commitment of all staff to continuously seek improved outcomes for local people.

“Staff demonstrated a sound understanding of the differing needs of their patients and reflected these needs when planning and delivering services. 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 Amersham Vale Practice.

Since 1 April, providers have been 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.