Regulator to work with RCGP to ease burden on practices
Practices accredited by the RCGP may be exempt from the full range of quality checks by the Government's new health and social care regulator.
The Care Quality Commission is working with the RCGP on ways of ‘reducing duplication' between its own planned system of checks and the college's practice accreditation scheme.
The commission is adopting a conciliatory tone after its proposals to enforce use of NICE guidance provoked a fierce reaction from GPs.
CQC chair Baroness Young told Pulse: ‘We are already working with the RCGP and with other colleges to see how we could together reduce duplication and burdens for GPs by using the emerging practice accreditation system.'
RCGP chair Professor Steve Field demanded urgent talks with the CQC after comments by Baroness Young at the recent NICE annual conference that GPs would have to follow NICE guidance, or risk facing ‘draconian' powers.
But Professor Field told Pulse the talks had been ‘very positive' and that the RCGP planned to work with the CQC on a ‘professionally led' accreditation system.
‘Baroness Young said she had no intention of being top-down and was really pleased to be working with us and the GPC. At the moment we've got agreement of all the key people,' he said.
Pilots of the RCGP's practice accreditation system are currently being completed and evaluation results should be available early next year.
Under the scheme, participating GPs are quizzed on performance in areas including health inequalities, health promotion, provider management, premises, records, equipment and medicines management.Baroness Barbara Young: Care Quality Commission wants to work with RCGP to ease regulatory burden on practices Baroness Barbara Young: Care Quality Commission wants to work with RCGP to ease regulatory burden on practices