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.

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 will be caring in our behaviour and curious in our nature, finding new ways to work inclusively and help even more people. We will be not-for-profit and re-invest our resources for the benefit of our community, team and patients.

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 Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board (GM ICB) which oversees health services in this area. We work with these organisations to ensure that the services we offer are of a high standard.

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 Better Health MCR. 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), Dr Mohiuddin Miah, Sr Rachel Shelton and Sr Victoria Tolliday.

Other services

Better Health MCR also runs The Whitswood Practice in Alexandra Park, New Bank Health Centre in Longsight, The University GP Service in Crawford House and provides GP services for Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Private confidential conversations

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