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First GP practice moved out of CQC ‘special measures’

A practice rated ‘inadequate’ has become the first to be taken out of CQC special measures, and has subsequently been re-rated by the regulator.

The Priory Avenue surgery in Caversham, Berkshire, which was one of the first practices to be placed in special measures, has now been rated ‘requires improvement’, after the CQC discovered ‘significant improvements’ had been made during a re-inspection. 

The CQC’s chief inspector of general practice, Professor Steve Field, said he was ‘delighted’ the practice had come out of special measures, after having received support from NHS England and the RCGP.

Professor Field added: ‘It is clear that the Priory Avenue surgery has made significant improvements since our original inspection, when we had serious concerns relating to the safe and effective delivery of services and the leadership of the practice.

‘Under a new management team, and with the support of NHS England and the RCGP, the practice has now set out to provide an accessible, safe and clinically effective service, which will improve the experience and outcomes for its patients. 

‘In the circumstances I am delighted to announce that Priory Avenue will come out of special measures and I congratulate them on the progress that they have made so far.’

Currently, there are 58 practices in CQC special measures, while 67 have been rated ’outstanding’, 1,369  ’good’, 175 ‘requires improvement’ and 62 ’inadequate’.