GP practices in Wakefield all rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ for the very first time

The standard of care across all of Wakefield’s GP practices is now rated either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.

Map of Wakefield with description of how all 37 practices in the district are now 'Good' or 'Outstanding'

All of Wakefield district's 37 GP practices are now rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding'

The quality milestone is a first for the district and follows Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections at Ash Grove Medical Centre in Knottlingley and Pinfold Lane Surgery, where both were rated ‘Good’ overall.

Pinfold Lane Surgery’s services were assessed as good for all population groups and outstanding for people whose circumstances make them vulnerable following January’s inspection.

The practice in Methley was formed under new provider Health Care First Partnership in 2017 - arising from a merger between two previously established practices.

Meanwhile after a March visit to Ash Grove Medical Centre in Knottingley, the CQC praised the practice for the way staff involved and treated patients with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

It now means that of Wakefield’s 37 GP practices, 35 are rated ‘Good’ and two are ‘Outstanding’.

NHS Wakefield CCG Clinical Chair Dr Adam Sheppard said:

“This is a superb achievement and, at a time when practice staff are working so hard during the coronavirus outbreak, it really is worth celebrating.

“Staff across Wakefield should be proud of their caring culture and the services they provide to older people, those with long term conditions, families and children, the vulnerable and people experiencing poor mental health.

“If you are a registered patient in Wakefield you can be sure you will get the best quality of care when you need it.”

Mel Brown, NHS Wakefield CCG Director of Commissioning – Integrated Health and Care, added:

“This is great news and I would like to offer all practices my congratulations. In particular I’d like to say well done to Ash Grove Medical Centre where there has been a huge amount of hard work over the last 12 months that has led to this result.

“Well done to everyone for continuing to put patients at the heart of everything you do.”