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First practice in England gains RCGP practice accreditation

A GP practice in Scunthorpe has been become the first in England to be accredited by the RCGP for the quality and safety of its organisation.

The Ashby Road practice of Dr John Kennedy and Partners has been awarded the RCGP’s first certificate of achievement of practice accreditation by RCGP chair Dr Clare Gerada.

The practice had to meet 78 quality and safety criteria that focussed on areas of practice organisation and management processes.

Practices are required to submit evidence to show they have met criteria established by the RCGP in partnership with the University of Manchester and in collaboration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and other national health bodies.

Visiting the practice to present the certificate, Dr Gerada said it was a real achievement to be the first practice to gain accreditation.

She said: ‘Improving the quality of care that we provide to patients is the reason we exist and Dr Kennedy and Partners are setting an example to other GP practices.’

Practices have 18 months to complete the accreditation process, which costs £2,000 per practice and helps practice work towards Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration.

Readers' comments (7)

  • What a load of tosh!

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  • "Practices have 18 months to complete the accreditation process, which costs £2,000....". Said it all.

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  • Shame the £2000 wasnt spent on something that would actually benefit patients

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  • CQC = 28 Outcomes for £800 fee = £28 per Outcome
    RCGP = 78 Outcomes for £2000 fee = £26 per Outcome

    What a bargain! Just think how useful 106 Outcomes will be

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  • Congratulations to Dr Kennedy and his team for this achievement. And shame on those responsible for the predictably negative response to a good news story for general practice. The comments facility on this website does far more damage to the image of primary care than the Daily Mail could ever inflict.

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