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Practices will have to 'prominently display' CQC ratings

GP practices will be required to ‘prominently display’ their CQC ratings from April this year, under new rules devised by the regulator.

Practices will be forced to display their rating on their website, patient waiting areas or ‘where as many people as possbile are able to see it’ – a move the GPC previously warned could lead to GPs being less likely to join a practice with a low rating.

Practices that fail to display their CQC rating within 21 days of its being published on the regulator’s website could be faced with a fine.

The regulator has created a series of posters that will be automatically generated through the regulator’s website for all providers that receive a CQC rating and practices will be expected to print and display them.

Chief executive of the CQC, David Behan said: ‘We know that our ratings are an important source of information to support people’s choice of service and the aim of this new requirement is all about helping to achieve better awareness and greater transparency for members of the public about which care services are Outstanding, Good, Require Improvement or Inadequate.

‘I am determined for CQC to be on the side of people, and their families, who are receiving health and adult social care services so they can get access to safe, high-quality and compassionate services that they have absolutely every right to expect.’

Last month, GP leaders expressed concern after hearing universities are using the CQC ‘intelligent monitoring’ data to decide where to send GP students on placement.

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Readers' comments (11)

  • Clearly the toilet is the best place to display our rating...

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  • I assume it is not illegal to also display cqc failings along side my practice reading?

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  • 9:57pm

    Clearly the toilet is the best place to display our rating...

    have you thought about getting it printed on the toilet paper?

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  • so no need to order toilet paper then, plenty of it from CQC

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  • 13 March 2015 7:58am



    i'm not sure of the quality of the paper the CQC report is printed on - will it be absorbent enough?

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  • Hmm, you may need a policy on the absorbency of the toilet paper. And woe betide you if you are found not to be implementing your stated policy.

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  • i think it's in the pipeline for 2016 QOF

    3-ply quilted - full marks
    1-ply - bottom of the pile with full media exposure eg

    picture of sad looking GP with headline 'rated poor' by CQC - evil practice only has 1-ply toilet paper

    sadly i wish i was joking.

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  • does displayed upside down count as prominent?

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  • what we could do is have a check list at reception and as patients book in tell them they must look at the CQC ratings

    when they go to see the clinician the clinician can then ask them 'did you see the CQC ratings?'. if no we can look at them sternly and say

    'the ratings are an important source of information to support people’s choice of service and the aim of this new requirement is all about helping to achieve better awareness and greater transparency for members of the public about which care services are Outstanding, Good, Require Improvement or Inadequate.' and refuse to see them until they have seen the ratings.

    once they have seen the ratings we can get feedback about their experience etc

    oh at some point you need to sort out their clinical problem.

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  • out of control stasi trained maniacs.

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