More than 2,500 GP practices have been rated to date by the CQC – around a third of the total number in England. Of these, 4% have been rated ‘outstanding’ by the watchdog's inspectors.
The regional split is close, with 5% of rated Midlands and East practices given the top grade, 4% of practices in the north and the south of England, and 3% of London practices.
Practices from Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG have performed highly, with 10% of the 71 practices rated to date found to be ‘outstanding’.
One in four (24%) of the 21 practices rated from Shropshire CCG have been given the top grade.
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The vast majority of practices were rated ‘outstanding’ following their first visit from inspectors.
But GPonline recently revealed that Morrab Surgery in Cornwall had its CQC rating upgraded to ‘outstanding’ four months after it was originally rated ‘good’. The practice submitted extra evidence to the CQC showing that it had rectified concerns raised in its initial rating report.
This has since happened again, with the Vauxhall Primary Health Care in Liverpool. The practice was first rated ‘good’ in July 2015, and was later bumped up to ‘outstanding’ following a focused inspection just a few months later to check concerns had been rectified.
The watchdog has recently updated its outstanding toolkit for practices to illustrate many of the features these practices have in common.
GP practices have performed well overall, with 85% holding a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ rating. And GPonline analysis has shown that many practices given lower ratings come back and secure higher grades by their second inspection six months later.