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CQC to scale back GP inspections and move to 'risk-based approach'

The CQC will scale back its inspections for GP practices once every provider has been assessed, and move to a ‘risk-based’ approach.

The move, which was previously mooted by the CQC’s chief inspector of general practice Professor Steve Field last year, is intended to reduce ‘practice burden and help release time,’ the General Practice Forward View has revealed.

In the document, published by NHS England today, it’s revealed that the CQC will ‘tailor its inspection criteria’ – taking a more risk-based approach where it monitors and reacts to ‘intelligence and information’ that it receives.

GP practices will subsequently be inspected less frequently – and those that are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ will be inspected only once every five years, an initiative Pulse previously reported

The CQC has inspected over a third of practices (35%) so far and has rated the vast majority (87%) either 'good’ or ‘outstanding’ – and it is expected that the first round of inspections of all practices will be completed by 2017.  

The document said: 'These proposals will reduce the workload related to inspection for those practices that deliver good or outstanding care, while encouraging improvement and ensuring a proportionate approach that protects patients from the risks of poor care.'

The Forward View also states that a new set of key ‘sentinel’ indicators will be published on My NHS in July this year – which suggests that practices could be judged on additional criteria – however, there is currently little detail surrounding this. 

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Readers' comments (5)

  • Lesser service costing more!

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  • So we now pay a huge amount more for CQC registration and they won't be doing much for it. I wish we could say the same for the funding we receive for undertaking our work!

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  • Mr Mephisto

    Any chance of getting Professor Steve Field sacked in the process?

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  • There needs to be an independent assessment of the most cost-effective way of doing this. CQC should not be allowed to set their own fees. It cannot cost over £4k a year to monitor a practice and "inspect" every 3-5 years.

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  • Perhaps if they only visit us once every 5 years it will mean that the report reflects the actual visit and is not a 'cut and paste' document as appears to be the case thus far.
    I did try to get fees situation reviewed and they've increased by over 200% which isn't as bad as the 567% increase that had been proposed but it's still a hefty chunk of money for not a lot in return. They also totally ignored the consultation process and the feelings of the majority of responders........why are we not standing together to refuse to pay, full stop??!!!

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