CQC inspectors highlight outstanding and good care for GP practices

This week, CQC has published a further 67 reports on the quality of care provided by GP practices that have been inspected by specialist teams of inspectors.

The Chief Inspector of General Practice has found another 53 GP practices to be Good, three to be Outstanding, six to require improvement and three to be inadequate following recent inspections by the Care Quality Commission. Two of these services are in Lancashire, both rated as good. 

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. 89 GP practices have been rated as Outstanding so far.

Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice, said:
“After more than 2,000 inspections we now have the evidence that the vast majority of England’s GP practices are providing a service which is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. We have also found so many practices going far beyond the call of duty to care for patients to provide an outstanding service to their patients.

“But, unfortunately, there are still areas of practice that are inadequate and unacceptable. Patients have a right to expect high quality care from every GP practice. Where improvement is required we expect the practice to take the necessary steps to address the issues and we will re-inspect at a later date to check that those improvements have been made.

“Practices rated Inadequate that are put into Special Measures are offered additional support by NHS England which is working with the RCGP to help the practice get back on track. We have already seen the benefits of this approach when we re-inspect.” 

Full reports on all 67 inspections are available at:


Reports for GPs in Lancashire are:


The Westgate Medical Practice

Rated: Good


Coastal Medical Group

Rated: Good