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Bumper number of East Lancs GP Practices achieve top award

The Quality Practice Award (QPA) is a standards-based quality accreditation process designed to improve patient care by encouraging and supporting practices to deliver the very highest quality care to their patients. Run by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the Award recognises the commitment of the entire GP practice team in providing high quality care.

A record number of 12 GP practices in East Lancashire have achieved the Quality Award so far after being assessed by judges from the RCGP. Only 172 out of 8,500 practices in England have achieved QPAsince 1996 and a further 7 practices have also achieved the Practice Accreditation Award which recognises practice teams who have demonstrated organisational Good Practice (which helps practices make sure they can safely meet the standards set by CQC and are step closer to becoming a quality practice). This is the greatest number of GP practices in a CCG to have ever achieved these coveted awards in England.

To achieve QPA, as well as being visited by a team of judges, practices are required to show evidence of their ability to support the most vulnerable patients including those with long term health conditions, people with dementia, the frail elderly and those with learning disabilities.  Every aspect of the GPpractice is assessed and checked to see if it meets the required standards. The award is only given to those practices that can prove that they are providing care of a consistently high standard, through effective teamwork and professionalism.

Dr Umesh Chauhan, Pendle GP and Research Lead for East Lancashire CCG, who supported the practices through educational events said: “The process of peer review – where other qualified professionals assess your practice is very challenging and for many is quite daunting.  It is an amazing achievement for so many practices in East Lancs to have achieved this award.  GPs and their staff have to show evidence that they have not only provide improved care and services, but that this is a continuous process, where they are committed to making improvements based on feedback from patients and colleagues over many years.”

Dr Phil Huxley, Chair of East Lancashire CCG said: “I am very proud of our GP member practices who have achieved this award.  As a GP, my practice has gone through this process so I know just how much work is involved and how challenging and rewarding it can be to get the award. It’s a tough assessment and takes time, energy and commitment. Any patient who attends a practice which has achieved theQPA can feel reassured and confident that the practice is providing a consistently high quality of care and has been assessed as such. The CCG is committed to supporting and improving quality in all its practices and will be working with the RCGP on other future projects.”

The 14 GP Practices who achieved the QPA/PA Quality Award this year are:

Hyndburn

  • Dr Bello’s Surgery
  • Dill Hall Surgery
  • Peel House Medical Practice
  • King Street Medical Centre
  • Cabin Surgery, PA
  • Oswald Medical Centre
  • Clayton Medical Centre
  • Dr Bhat

Pendle

  • Pendle View Medical Centre
  • Nelson Medical Practice
  • Colne Family Doctors Surgery still has to be assessed for QPA on 10th December 2015

Burnley

  • Kiddrow Medical Practice
  • St Nicholas Group Practice

Rossendale

  • Ilex View Medical Practice
  • Fairmore Medical Practice

The following practices achieved QPA/PA prior to this year

Rossendale

  • Waterfoot Group of Doctors

Ribble Valley

  • The Castle Medical Group

Pendle

  • Earby Surgery
  • Pendleside Medical Group
  • Whitefield Health Care