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a gp imageJanuary 16 2018

A framework which should help reduce the burden on general practice regarding inspections and regulation has been issued. In addition, the Care Quality Commission has announced it is suspending some premises inspections during January.

The CQC, NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners have agreed a document which “will provide clarity on when and how to share information to help work more efficiently and reduce duplication of requests for information on providers.”

Among the closer working processes highlighted in the statement are examples of processes which are already being streamlined:

  • NHS England regularly shares eDec (annual GP practice electronic self-declaration) information with CQC;
  • CQC shares weekly inspection rating updates with NHS England;
  • CQC can share planned inspection schedules with commissioners;
  • commissioners share local information and intelligence with CQC;
  • CCGs keep CQC up-to-date with local quality improvement work;
  • commissioners engage regularly with local medical committees (LMCs);
  • the General Medical Council (GMC) shares information to inform CQC inspection activity;
  • NHS England shares a range of metrics with GP practices, LMCs and commissioners through its Primary Care Web Tool.

“This document is the first output of the Regulation of General Practice Programme Board (RGPPB). The board was established following the publication of the General Practice Forward View,” said the CQC.

Professor Steve Field, Chair of RGPPB, added: “I am pleased to see the board bearing fruit and that we are beginning to deliver a programme of work that will streamline working arrangements and minimise duplication. This document is a small but significant step towards closer working between the main statutory oversight and regulatory bodies involved in general practice.”

The CQC has also announced that it is pausing some of its routine inspections during the current winter pressures facing the NHS. For general practice, this means: “There will be a temporary pause in re-inspections of GP practices and urgent services (including NHS 111, GP out of hours and urgent care centres) rated good or outstanding where there is no information to indicate concerns about quality or safety. Re-inspections of services rated requires improvement or inadequate will continue as scheduled, while inspection to follow up on concerns will be unaffected.”

Normal inspections are expected to resume in February, “but this will be subject to review based on close monitoring of system performance. Any inspections deferred during January will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Providers will be contacted directly about any changes to planned inspections.”

Links:
CQC joint framework announcement       
CQC, NHS England, NHSCC, and RGPPB document. ‘Joint framework: Commissioning and regulating together A practical guide for staff’. January 2018                  
CQC statement on suspending inspections             

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