Vernon Park Surgery aims to give a friendly and professional service to all our patients. However, if you have any concerns about any aspect of our service, please let us know.
Speak to whomever you feel most comfortable – your GP, our practice manager or our reception staff will be happy to help.
In the majority of cases, concerns can be resolved quite easily. However, if you feel we have not dealt with the issues you have raised as you would wish, you can write to :
NHS England Customer Contact Centre,
Via email- [email protected]
Please write ‘For the attention of the Complaints Manager’ in the subject line
PO Box 16738
By telephone 0300 311 22 33
(Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, excluding English Bank Holidays)
The Surgery has a Consent Policy. If you require to see this please ask at Reception.
Equal Opportunities Policy
The Practice operates an equal opportunities policy. Pleas ask at reception for further information.
All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
The average pay for GPs working in Vernon Park in the 2021/22 financial year was £86,600 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 1 full time GP and 1 locum GP who worked in the practice for more than 6 months.”
Privacy Notice – NHS Digital (Data Provision Notice)
NHS Digital is the secure haven for NHS patient data, a single secure repository where data collected from all branches of the NHS is processed.
NHS Digital have the power under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (section 259) to issue a Data Provision Notice.
Recently a Data Provision Notice was issued for Research and Planning. This Data Provision Notice is valid from 1st September 2021.
1) Data Controller contact details
Vernon Park Surgery
30-32 Brinnington Road
Cheshire SK1 2EX
2) Data Protection Officer contact details
Data Protection Officer
3) Purpose of the processing To provide the Secretary of State and others with information and reports on the status, activity and performance of the NHS. The provide specific reporting functions on identified.
4) Lawful basis for processing The legal basis will be:-
Article 6(1)(c) “processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject.” Complying with the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Article 9(2)(g) “reasons for processing for substantial public interest’
5) Recipient or categories of recipients of the shared data The data will be shared with NHS Digital according to directions which can be found at https://digital.nhs.uk/article/8059/NHS-England-Directions-
Please also see issued Data Provision Notices: https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital/corporate-information-and-documents/directions-and-data-provision-notices/data-provision-notices-dpns
6) Rights to object You have the right to object to the data being transferred and in order to do this you should complete an opt out form and send this to the Practice.
7) Right to access and correct You have the right to access the data that is being shared and have any inaccuracies corrected. There is no right to have accurate medical records deleted except when ordered by a court of Law.
8) Retention period The data will be retained for active use during the processing and thereafter according to NHS Policies and the law.
9) Right to Complain. You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office, you can use this link
or calling their helpline Tel: 01625 545 745 (national rate)
There are National Offices for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, (see ICO website)
We are actively supporting clinical research studies within primary care.
The NHS Constitution states that Research is a core function of the NHS. Clinical Research is a major driver of innovation and central to NHS practice for maintaining and developing high standards of patient care. Ultimately, clinical research means patients get access to new treatments, interventions and medicines. Investment in research means better, more cost effective care for patients.
National Institute for Health Research
In 2006, the Department of Health set up The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to improve the health and wealth of the nation through Research. The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) was introduced to provide the infrastructure to the NHS to allow high quality research to be set up and delivered efficiently and effectively.
Vernon Park Surgery is part of a network of local practices participating in research activities under the banner of CRN Greater Manchester. To find out more about the work of the NIHR Clinical Research Network go to their website
What are the Benefits of GP practices taking part in research?
- It offers patients access to new treatments
- It brings new dimension to practice and added skills to those involved
- It provides national gold standard training for research
- It offers mentorship and support to those involved in research within practice
How can you help and take part?
There are various ways a patient can become involved in studies at Vernon Park Surgery.
- A doctor or nurse may talk to you about a particular study and ask whether you would be interested in participating
- You may be sent information through the post if we feel you may be a suitable participant
- You may read information about a current study in the patient waiting room or on the surgery website and wish to take part by contacting your GP or the Research Nurse
All clinical research carried out at our surgeries is thoroughly checked and approved by ethical committees thus ensuring it is appropriate and safe to perform. Your participation is entirely voluntary and can be withdrawn by yourself at any time without any explanation required.
You are under no obligation to participate in any research project
Your care and your relationship with your doctor will not be affected in any way if you decided not to take part in a research study
You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study would involve. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and obtain further details about a study.
If you do agree to take part in a study, you will be asked to sign a consent form. This will clearly state which parts of your notes (if any) may be looked at for the purposes of the research study. Nobody from outside this practice will be given your contact details or have access to your medical records without your prior consent.
Verbal or physical assaults on staff will be taken very seriously and police assistance sought. This will result in your immediate removal from our list.
Zero Tolerance Policy
The practice operates a zero tolerance policy. Anyone who abuses the doctors, staff or other patients verbally or physically or behaves in a threatening manner will be removed from the practice list.