Doctors’ surgery gets royal backing

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A Cleveleys doctors’ surgery has become only the 16th practice in the country to get prestigious royal backing.

The Cleveleys Group practice at Cleveleys Health Centre has been awarded Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) practice accreditation, after meeting 78 quality and safety standards that focused on areas of practice organisation and management processes.

Dr Susan Fairhead, a partner GP at the practice said: “The practice is thrilled to be awarded RCGP accreditation.

“It is a most prestigious award and has only been awarded to 16 other practices in the country, which reflects the high standards practices have to achieve to attain this award.

“It has taken 18 months of team work to achieve the standards, demonstrating the practice has appropriate systems in place to protect patients and provide continually improving quality and responsiveness in patient care.”

The practice was required to submit evidence to show that it has met at least 80 per cent of the standards established by the RCGP in partnership with the University of Manchester, and in collaboration with the General Medical Council, Royal College of Nursing, Care Quality Commission, Department of Health and Patient Groups.

The standards are set by the organisation to reflect key aspects of primary care - particularly organisation, development and improvements made at the practice during the process.

Chief clinical officer of NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Dr Amanda Doyle, presented the practice with the award.

Dr Doyle said: “I am delighted to be able to present this award to the Cleveleys Group practice on behalf of the CCG.

“We as a CCG believe in good medical practice and stand by this in the decisions we make as clinical commissioners.

“It is great that a local practice has demonstrated its own commitment to the continuous improvement in patient-centred care.

“This accreditation obviously wouldn’t have been possible without a huge amount of dedication and team work something which the staff should be applauded for.”

The RCGP was established in 1952 and has more than 48,000 members, making it the largest of the medical royal colleges.”