Enter and view: Oak Tree Medical Practice

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Redbridge conducted an Enter and View visit at Oak Tree Medical Practice in October 2017 as part of the local Healthwatch programme of Enter and View visits to GP Practices in Redbridge to evaluate whether providers are adequately supporting people with communication impairments to use services. Enter and View representatives made observations, spoke with the Senior Receptionist and engaged with 2 patients during the visit. Observations focused around whether providers met their obligations under the Accessible Information Standard (AIS). Volunteers looked at website accessibility, building accessibility, parking, facilities, provision of information and alternative formats, hearing loops and procedures to support the communication of patients with a hearing or vision impairment. A total of 10 recommendations were made suggesting ways to enhance the service to meet obligations set out under legislation as above. The report contains a positive response from the provider, who says they have actioned 9 of the recommendations, including providing staff training on AIS and embedding this within their annual mandatory training package.

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General details

Report title 
Enter and view: Oak Tree Medical Practice
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Redbridge
Date evidence capture began 
Thursday, 5 October, 2017
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 5 October, 2017
Type of report 
Enter and view
Key themes 
Access
Administration
Booking appointments
Building and facilities
Car parking access
Communication between staff and patients
Complaints procedure
Decor
Digitalisation of services
Health inequalities
Information providing
Patient records
Quality of care
Quality of staffing
Staff attitudes
Staff levels
Staff training
Support
Other information of note about this report 
Good Practice
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-6683

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
Primary research method used 
Observation
Structured interview
How was the information collected? 
Visit to provider
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
Announced

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Hearing
Learning or understanding or concentrating
Mental health
Mobility
Multiple
Vision impairment
Long term condition
Types of long term conditions 
Blindness or severe visual impairment
Deafness or severe hearing impairment
Learning disability

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
3
Age group 
Not known
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
No
Does the information include staff's views? 
Yes
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Receptionists
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Yes action has been taken or promised
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Yes
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact
Tangible impact (not cost related)

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.