A MEDICAL practice rated Inadequate and placed in special measures in December last year is now rated as Good in every category.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited Guiseley and Yeadon Medical Practice in August.

The new rating marks a huge turnaround for the practice following a damning inspection last year and it has been praised for making "significant improvement in such a short space of time under the most difficult of circumstances".

Following an inspection in August 2019, concerns were raised over a number of issues including there being "no formal mechanism in place to discuss safeguarding concerns and there was no evidence of a register of people at risk of abuse".

The report said: "Leaders could not show that they had the capacity and skills to deliver high quality, sustainable care."

Governance arrangements were described as "ineffective" and inspectors said there was "no oversight of emergency drugs".

A report from the latest inspection said: "We have rated this practice as good overall and good for all population groups. We found that: Improvements had been made to all governance and leadership aspects of the practice.

"All staff we spoke with felt supported and were happy in their roles.

"There were comprehensive policies and procedures in place to support the organisational running of the practice.

"The practice had a schedule of meetings to ensure staff were kept up to date and had the opportunity to provide feedback."

It added: "The practice had improved the process for recording, investigating and learning from significant events and incidents.

"Training records had been reviewed and updated. Recruitment files were clearly organised, and contained evidence of appropriate checks having been undertaken.

"There were good processes in place for emergency equipment and medication. Vaccination refrigerators were well organised and there was documented evidence of appropriate checks being undertaken.

"The practice could evidence they had responded well to the challenges faced due to CO-19, in order to keep staff and patients safe.

No breaches of regulation were found.

Dr Lisa Beckwith, senior partner at the practice, said: "We are delighted that the practice has been rated as Good following the recent CQC inspection - reaffirming the high quality and safe patient care offered by our experienced team of clinicians, health professionals and support staff.

“The whole team has worked really hard in the most challenging of circumstances to make significant improvements, so it’s very positive that this work has been recognised by the inspectors.

“We will continue to work with our patients and staff to provide the best service and care possible.”

Dr Simon Stockill, Medical Director of NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “I’d like to congratulate everyone at the practice for all their hard work in making such a significant improvement in such a short space of time under the most difficult of circumstances.”