GPs do well

GP PRACTICES in Tameside and Glossop are working well according to the Care Quality Commission’s latest report on family doctors: “The State of Care in General Practice (2014 to 2017).

All 39 of the clinical commissioning group’s surgeries came through a rigorous inspection with a rating of good or outstanding - the only part of Greater Manchester where this was the case.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. Its job is to make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care, and it continually encourages care services to improve.

Professor Steve Field, chief inspector of general practice, said: “Everyone in our society deserves high-quality, accessible primary care. CQC will continue to champion general practice using our findings to highlight its strengths and to promote innovative practice.

“We have seen some of the best care delivered to the most vulnerable in society, which all health and care services can learn from and aspire to achieve truly outstanding care.”

Practices were rated over five categories: are services safe, are services effective, are services caring, are services responsive to people’s needs and are services well-led?

Inspectors also looked at the quality of care provided to older people; people with long-term conditions; families, children and young people; working-age people (including those recently retired and students); people whose circumstances may make them vulnerable; and people experiencing poor mental health (including those with dementia).

Dr Alan Dow, chair of Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Here in Tameside and Glossop we are both pleased and proud that each one of our 39 GP practices has been rated as good or outstanding.

“We are committed to providing the very best care for our residents and are continually looking at ways we can not only maintain but improve our standards.

“Of course our success would be impossible without the hard work and dedication of our doctors and practice staff, and I would like to thank them for their efforts.”