RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker's practice rated 'good' by CQC

The Lincolnshire practice where RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker works part-time has been awarded a 'good' rating following its CQC visit.

Dr Maureen Baker: good CQC rating (Photo: Pete Hill)
Dr Maureen Baker: good CQC rating (Photo: Pete Hill)

The James Street Family Practice in Louth was rated good across the board for being safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. Dr Baker is one of nine GPs who work at the practice.

The practice was praised for delivering sexual health education at local schools, providing two named GPs for patients receiving end-of-life care and effectively identifying and managing risks to vulnerable children.

It was one of 65 to receive a ‘good’ rating in the batch of inspection reports released by the CQC on Thursday.

Outstanding practices

Among the ratings, the Welbeck Road Health Centre in Derbyshire, the Wigton Group Medical Practice in Cumbria and the Chiddingfold surgery in Surrey were awarded ‘outstanding’ scores.

While five were given ratings of ‘requires improvement’ in the latest batch, none were found to be ‘inadequate’.

A total of 4% of practices have now received official CQC ratings, which the watchdog releases in batches every two weeks. Most have been rated ‘good’ (83%), 4% as ‘outstanding’, 11% as ‘requires improvement’ and 3% as ‘inadequate’.

Professor Steve Field, chief inspector of primary care, said: ‘We know that the vast majority of England's GPs are providing a service which is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.  If that is what we find on inspection - we give it a rating of good, and I congratulate the GPs and staff in these practices.’

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