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CQC survival guide: ensuring your services are safe (1 CPD hour)

In the first of a five-part series on surviving your CQC inspections, Carole Cusack advises on how to show the CQC your practice is safe.

FULL CPD MODULE

This module offers advice on showing CQC inspectors that your practice is safe, including:

  • What evidence to present
  • How to prepare for the inspection
  • What documents to file

After reading these articles you will be asked to record your learning points and some action points to earn a suggested 1 CPD credit. Below are some suggested questions to reflect on as you work through the module:

  • Are you familiar with the CQC Provider Handbook, and, in particular, the Key Lines of Enquiry?
  • Do you have ‘visual’ evidence of relevant policies, procedures, meetings, risk assessments and so on? Do all relevant parties know how to access these?
  • Do all relevant staff have a DBS check in place?
  • Do you have a designated vulnerable adult safeguarding lead? Is everyone aware who this is?
  • Consider a walk around your surgery with an impartial observer, focusing especially on the reception area. What safety issues are apparent?
  • Do you have an incident log? Is it accessible and up-to-date?

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