About Us

Based in Rusholme, Manchester, The Robert Darbishire Practice is a large GP surgery offering NHS primary care services.

The practice was established in 1954 as part of The University of Manchester. In 2011, we became independent, but we still provide the same high quality care and maintain links with the University. We offer our service to all local people, including students.

We’re really pleased to tell you that The Robert Darbishire Practice along with The Whitswood Practice and New Bank Health Centre – our sister practices – are the first doctors’ surgeries in the country to be awarded The Daisy Mark. This is in recognition of the excellent care we provide our patients and the way we treat our staff. You can find out more about this award at www.daisymark.co.uk.

Better Health MCR Primary Care Network (PCN)

PCNs are groups of GP practices working closely together, to provide integrated services to the local population. Your GP practice is part of The Better Health MCR PCN, which is made up of three practices:

  • The Robert Darbishire Practice
  • New Bank Health Centre
  • The Whitswood Practice

Our Mission Statement

We aim to offer the best possible medical care and highest quality of service that is efficient, courteous and without discrimination.

We will treat every patient with equal respect, irrespective of age, gender, religion, race, sexuality or social status.

Part of the NHS Family

Like other surgeries, we are part of the NHS family, providing NHS primary care services to NHS patients under contract to NHS England. We are in the area of Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group which oversees health services in this area. We work with these organisations to ensure that the services we offer are of a high standard.

A Training Practice

We are an accredited training practice, educating the healthcare professionals of the future. To find out more about how this might affect you, please view our Training Practice page.

Listening to our Patients

We very much value the views of our patients, you can complete our online Friends and Family Test, this helps us to find out what our patients think of our service. We also carry out occasional other surveys on specific issues. If you are asked to complete a form we hope you will take the time to share your honest opinions with us, as this will help us to learn about what we can do better. We also encourage our patients to submit comments and ideas for improvements and we have a suggestion box in the waiting room.

Legal Information About the Practice

The practice is a limited company, registered in England and Wales number 7382763. The name of the company is The Robert Darbishire Practice Limited. The registered address is Rusholme Health Centre, Walmer Street, Manchester, M14 5NP.

Management responsiblity is held by the board of directors, which is made up of senior clinical staff and managers. They are: Mr Scott Brunt (managing director), Professor Aneez Esmail (non-executive director), Dr Mohiuddin Miah, Sr Rachel Shelton and Sr Victoria Tolliday.

Other Services

The Robert Darbishire Practice Ltd also runs The Whitswood Practice in Alexandra Park, New Bank Health Centre in Longsight and provides GP services for Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Breast Feeding and Baby Changing

If you would like to breast feed in private please let us know. We will find a room if one is available for you. The Health Centre also provides baby changing facilities in the disabled toilet.

Private Confidential Conversations

If you need to speak to a member of staff in confidence please do let reception know. We will find a quiet space away from the waiting room which will enable you to speak in confidence.