CQC plans changes to inspection regime

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has launched a consultation on proposals to change the general practice inspection regime to include practices providing annual written evidence on how they intend to improve the quality of care provided.

The CQC states: “'We will replace the existing provider information return with an annual online information collection. We will ask providers for information every year rather than as part of the preparation for an inspection, and will encourage them to keep it up to date.

“This is one way that providers can demonstrate an open culture and that they are taking responsibility for assuring the quality of care they provide.”

It says that examples of the information they will be collecting include:

  • What has changed about the quality of care provided over the last year and what plans they have to improve.
  • Examples of good practice
  • How they provide effective and responsive care to each of the population groups.

The CQC intends to introduce CQC Insight to replace the current ‘intelligent monitoring’ it says this will present practice data against national comparators to identify potential changes in the quality of care. They have not specified beyond this what these new data sources will be.

Other proposals include:

Practices that have been rated ‘requires improvement’ will have to provide a written report on how they plan to improve. If they fail to improve on three inspections in a row this will trigger a management review meeting which could lead to enforcement action.

A cut in the number of inspection criteria with practices required to demonstrate how they apply the CQC’s key questions to all six patient groups for the ‘responsive’ and ‘effective’ domains.

Bringing non-NHS GP providers, and providers of online GP services, in line with the CQC’s inspection regime.

A new process for inspecting practices that are part of new, multi-provider models of care with the  regulatory burden largely falling on a single nominated provider in the system.

Making reports shorter, less repetitive and more easily accessible for the public and ensuring at least 90% of reports are published within 50 days.

Last updated : 19 Jul 2017


CQC registration fees reimbursement scheme claim process (20 Jul 2017)

The GMS contract changes for 2017/18 includes full reimbursement of Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration fees. This change is being implemented via the Statement of Financial Entitlements (SFE) which means...
Read more »

Medical records one-off payment (19 Jul 2017)

Practices should have received a £250 payment alongside their contractual payment by the end of June 2017. If you have not received this payment or you have any queries relating...
Read more »

Violent patients – a step-by-step guide to safeguarding staff (19 Jul 2017)

After a mental health inpatient made a death threat against a GP in a London practice. Londonwide LMCs' medical director Dr Vicky Weeks shares the advice she gave the team....
Read more »

Premises update July 2017 (18 Jul 2017)

This month’s update include advice on:  London policy for accessing financial support for service charges and premises running costs How to plan a premises relocation Lease negotiations Transitional funding...
Read more »

Vacancies on BMA committees (18 Jul 2017)

There are vacancies on the following:   Armed forces committee Civil and public services committee Private practice committee Forensic and secure environments committee Committee of medical managers  ...
Read more »

Flu campaign preparation and best practice (18 Jul 2017)

Ellie Roberts, a practice manager on secondment to Londonwide LMCs, looks at why practices need to bite the bullet and get started on their flu campaign now. The flu campaign...
Read more »

Ballot on willingness to consider closing lists as industrial action (18 Jul 2017)

At May’s LMC conference the following motion by Tower Hamlets LMC was passed: That conference believes that the GP Forward View is failing to deliver the resources necessary to sustain...
Read more »
Next Page »