Another 57 GP practices have been rated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Of these 43 were rated good, three were outstanding, five to require improvement, three to be inadequate, and two to be put in special measures.
The Elm Tree GP practice at Shrivenham, Wiltshire was placed into special measures after being rated inadequate for being safe and well-led, however it was rated as good for being effective and caring, and outstanding for being responsive.
Dr Geoff Payne, medical director at NHS England, said:“It is clear that the staff at Elm Tree Surgery are caring and compassionate: the practice is rated outstanding for being responsive to people’s needs and good for being caring and effective. The CQC found that many patients commented on the excellent service they receive from Elm Tree Surgery.”
However, he added that “more effective management and improvements in risk assessments, infection control measures and medicines management will help to raise performance.”
Similarly, Dr Paul Unyolo (Talke Clinic) in Stoke-on-Trent was placed into special measures after being rated good for caring but inadequate for being safe and well-led.
The practice must now:
· Put systems in place to ensure children and vulnerable adults are protected from harm.
· Undertake Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for all staff or, where these are not undertaken, make sure a risk assessment is in place.
· Ensure there are systems in place for assessing and monitoring risks and the quality of the service being provided.
· Put systems in place to ensure all clinicians are kept up to date with national guidance and guidelines.
· Take action to address concerns with regard to infection prevention and control practices.
Under CQC’s new 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. So far, 96 GP practices have been rated as outstanding.
GP practices listed by CCG area and rating: