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.