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CQC inspectors publish reports on Lancashire GP practices

The Care Quality Commission has published a further three reports on the quality of care provided by GP practices that have been inspected under its new approach.

Following recent inspections by specialist teams, all three of the Lancashire practices have been 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.

Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice, said:

“We know that the vast majority of England’s GPs are providing a service which is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.  If that is what we find on inspection – we give it a rating of Good, and I congratulate the GPs and staff in these practices.

“Patients should be able to expect high quality and consistent care from every GP practice. Where we have required improvement, we will expect the practice to take the necessary steps to address the issue, and we will return at a later date to check that those improvements have been made.

“If we find a practice to be Inadequate, we will normally put it into special measures, to allow the practice to access support available from NHS England and to ensure there is coordinated response to help the practice improve.”

Full reports on all 65 inspections released across the UK are available at: http://www.cqc.org.uk

 

GP Practices listed by CCG area and rating:

 

CQC inspectors publish new-style reports on 1 dental practice in Lancashire

The Care Quality Commission has published its first 12 reports on the quality of care provided by dental practices that have been inspected under its new approach. One of the dental practices is based in Lancashire. 

Since December CQC has been testing a new approach to the inspection of dental practices, using specially trained inspectors accompanied by dental advisors. In line with CQC’s other inspections, reports focus on whether services provided are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. Unlike other regulated sectors, primary care dental services will not be given a rating in 2015/16.

The publication of the first 12 reports coincides with the appointment of John Milne, a practising dentist in West Yorkshire and former Chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee, as CQC’s new senior national dental advisor.

CQC will use the learning from these new inspections, along with feedback from recent consultation, to develop its methodology which will be fully implemented from 1 April.

Over the next 12 months, CQC expects to inspect 10 per cent of England’s 10,000 dental practices.  Dentists will be randomly selected for inspection but will always include those practices that present a risk or concern raised by the public or key stakeholders, as well as those providing high quality services for the public.

Prof Steve Field, Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services, said:  “We know that the quality of care provided by most dentists is of an acceptable standard, and that is reflected in this first batch of reports which is published today.

“In comparison with the other sectors which CQC regulate, our experience tells us that generally, dental services present a lower risk to patients’ safety.   We therefore intend to inspect 10 per cent of practices in the coming year.

“However good the general picture, we cannot be complacent.  In the first years of inspection, CQC did identify some examples of unacceptable standards of care.  Our main priority must be to ensure that we protect the public from unsafe care by continuing to inspect against the regulations and taking action if we identify any concerns.”

Reports published for dental practices in Lancashire :