What a CQC inspection visit means for GP

From April every practice in England is expected to be subject to a CQC inspection at least once every two years, with practices normally receiving just 24 or 48 hours’ notice of an inspection visit.

The CQC is running mock inspections in 40 GP practices in July before deciding on the final form inspections will take but the experience of dentists is probably a good indicator of the way visits will work.

Inspections are likely to last several hours at the surgery checking compliance with the CQC’s 16 essential standards and involve discussions with a range of staff and patients.

Staff may be asked to demonstrate, for example, hand washing or to describe the procedure they would follow if they suspected someone was being abused. Ensuring your staff are familiar with procedures and carry them out routinely is essential.

The CQC itself says guidance on visits will follow once the trial of inspections is completed.  In the meantime the biggest tip from those already involved in inspections is to ensure that CQC standards are not just confined to the practice manager’s filing cabinet.

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