A DOCTORS surgery has been praised after its latest inspection.

Leigh Sports Village Practice was given an overall rating of "good" after being inspected by healthcare regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Its leadership was also given the highest possible rating, "outstanding".

The CQC report said: "Staff told us the practice management team and the leadership team were inspirational, progressive, cohesive and innovative with a mature approach and clear purpose.

"The practice management team were compassionate and caring.

"Quality and integrity were at the heart of what they did resulting in an exceptional caring culture within a strong practice.

"Opportunities provided for staff development were exemplary.

"The leadership, governance and culture were used to drive and improve the delivery of high-quality person-centred care.

"There was strong collaboration across all staff and a common focus on engaging with patients and other services to improve quality of care and the patient experience.

"The practice embraced social prescribing for the community to ensure patients received timely intervention when they needed it most, signposted them to services that could help them and ensured support was offered locally so the patient population could easily attend appointments.”

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The practice was also praised after holding a carers’ afternoon tea which included inviting health professionals including the carers centre, community link worker, healthy routes, health first and breast cancer screening.

The CQC also recognised the practice for giving kits out to people believed to be in fuel poverty and practice champions for cancer and carers who were trained in the safeguarding of vulnerable patients.

The practice is part of SSP Health, which also runs Leigh Family Practice as well as branch surgeries in Higher Folds and on Wigan Road along with 12 other practices in the borough.

SSP Health’s director, Dr Shikha Pitalia, said: “It is fantastic that the CQC has recognised the highly professional leadership that underpins the excellent healthcare we give to our patients in Leigh.

“This inspection report means our patients at Leigh Sports Village can be confident that they are receiving high quality care and services at this practice.”