First RCGP practice accreditation won by Scunthorpe GPs

A GP practice in Scunthorpe has become the first to achieve RCGP practice accreditation, a quality mark being rolled out by the college.

Dr Kennedy and Partners: first to win practice accreditation (photo: RCGP)
Dr Kennedy and Partners: first to win practice accreditation (photo: RCGP)

The practice, Dr Kennedy and Partners in Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, was awarded a certificate marking the achievement by RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada on Tuesday.

The RCGP describes practice accreditation as a quality standard that enables practice teams to improve their organisational systems and quality of care.

To achieve accreditation, practices must submit evidence to show that they meet 78 criteria within the domains of health inequalities, provider management, premises management, provider teams, learning organisations and patients and carers. The evidence is then assessed by trained RCGP assessors.

Practices have 18 months from registration to complete the process and once accredited, the award is valid for three years.

Dr Gerada said: ‘Practice accreditation is a real achievement - especially when you're the first to do it. Today is a celebration of how hard the whole practice has worked on behalf of all their patients and carers.’

Practice manager Christine Buckley said the practice was absolutely delighted to have won the award. ‘The whole practice is delighted and the patient participation group were delighted be a part of it.’

She said applying for the award had made the practice work together to address areas that would help with Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration. ‘It means we’ve spent some time working as a team, going through all of our systems.’

Asked whether she would encourage other practices to apply for the award she said: ‘I would but other practices need to be aware it is the whole team, so the GPs have to be prepared to work as part of that team.’

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