A local GP practice has gained national recognition for the quality and safety of its organisation.

The Cleveleys Group practice at Cleveleys Health Centre has been awarded the prestigious Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) practice accreditation, becoming only the 16th practice in the country to be recognised.

The practice had to meet a set of 78 quality and safety standards that focussed on areas of practice organisation and management processes.

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 reflect key aspects of primary care, particularly the organisational systems and processes that ensure delivery of safe and quality care, facilitate on going team development and recognise the contribution to quality improvement that can be made by the whole practice team.

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. It also recognises the range and quality of operational systems, processes and procedures that the practice team has in place to deliver effective patient-centred care and services.”

Local GP and Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group, 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.”