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In full: How GPs will be given their Ofsted-style ratings

The CQC has issued its handbook for GP providers to understand the inspection process and how it will award Ofsted-style ratings, which all practices inspected from October must publish on their website and in their waiting rooms.

How practices will be given their ratings

  • Practices will be given an Ofsted-style rating of either outstanding, good, needs improvement, inadequate for a total of 42 ratings which will have to be displayed in the practices and on the website alongside their final score.
  • Inspection teams will have to answer questions along ‘key lines of enquiry’ to answer five ‘fundamental questions’ of whether the practice is safe, well led, responsive, caring and effective.
  • Practices will also have to answer these questions in the care of six key patient groups including older people, people with long term conditions and people with poor mental health (including dementia).
  • The scores on the five questions and six population groups will then be aggregated, and practices will ‘normally’ receive an aggregate outstanding rating if they score outstanding on two or more categories.
  • But they will ‘normally’ be limited to ‘requires improvement’ where they have one rating of requires improvement or inadequate where they have been found inadequate in two categories.
  • These aggregate scores will then be combined to give the final rating.

Read the full handbook here.

Read the appendix explaining how ratings are calculated and aggregated here.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Ratings are based on the practice performance.
    GP-practices have always been regulated- we have had
    traffic-light systems in operations where by PCTs conducted Qof-regulated visits on Annual Basis.
    I feel "one should NOT be Alarmed" instead just look at what outcomes were and adopt to new changes
    2014-15. Please Primary Care there is "Good and excellent Practices across the country" so do not take it negative approach instead take it as a challenge and say fine we want to be "KiteMarked" and have Gold Stars too!!!

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  • the cqc will just say all practices are useless

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