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Recognition of Outstanding Care in the Local GP Sector

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have published a collection of examples of outstanding practice that our inspectors have found in GP surgeries across England.

CQC have been inspecting general practices under their new inspection model since October 2014, and have now published approximately 1,200 GP practice inspection reports. Their new online tool brings together a collection of some of the most innovative and effective examples of outstanding practice that CQC inspectors have found since implementing the new methodology.

The tool intends to provide real-world, illustrative examples of high quality general practice that other providers can refer to. The examples are divided into the five key questions that we ask when making judgements about the quality of a service in our new inspection model, as well as the six patient population groups we pay particular attention to. Under the new approach, we ask if services are safe, effective, caring, responsive to patient need, and if they are well-led.

So far three practices in Cumbria have been rated as ‘Outstanding’, these are the Wigton Medical Practice, Coniston Medical Pratice and the Upper Eden Medical Practice.
Sarah Allison, Health and Wellbeing Manager for Healthwatch Cumbria, said:

‘It is fantastic to see local GP practices being given the recognition they deserve for their hard work, care and compassion shown to patients. We look forward to seeing more of our local services receiving ‘outstanding’ ratings in the near future’.