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South Devon and Torbay GP practices among the best

​​Dr John Whitehead is proud that local GPs' hard work is refelected in positive national findings
South Devon and Torbay’s GPs have been rated among the best in the country, according to new research.

The Health Service Journal – a national specialist publication – collated all Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports on England’s GP practices published by 1 March 2016, and found that more than 99 per cent of those in South Devon and Torbay were rated as good or better, with 13.9 per cent rated as outstanding.

This is the highest possible rating, which classifies the service as performing “exceptionally well”.

The research puts the county’s GPs among the best-performing in England, with less than 1 per cent rated as inadequate or needing to improve. This is compared to some areas of England that have at least 10 per cent of their practices rated as inadequate.

Dr John Whitehead, primary care lead for South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are very proud of the work GPs do in Devon, and we’re pleased that their hard work is reflected in this research.

“GPs are often the first point of contact for patients, and they have an important role in patient management, providing ongoing care and treatment for those with chronic diseases.

“GPs aim to make patients’ experience as positive as possible, and they are continuing to work hard to maintain the high levels of patient care.”

Devon’s health organisations and local authorities have a national reputation for joint working, and they are now working to create the shared five-year vision to meet the increasing health and care needs of the population, while ensuring services are sustainable and affordable.

The county’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) provides the framework within which detailed proposals for how services across Devon develop, between now and 2020/21.

The work of GPs is central to these plans, with a push across Devon to maintain high-quality and sustainable primary care services that are integrated with social, voluntary, mental health, community and acute care. 

The Health Service Journal’s data covers 6,476 GP inspections across England, out of a total of 7,705 by the CQC, accounting for 84 per cent of all surgeries. The CQC is still to publish the rest of its GP inspection reports.