Well - good news and bad news

The CQC has announced the first 12 areas to have the new style inspection process. On the positive side, these places will be part of a pilot programme and so, hopefully, it will be a developmental and learning process.

This brings some good opportunities to influence things for the future.  On the negative side, it might be difficult to demonstrate compliance when we are still not really sure of the interpretation of the 11 new Fundamental Standards. Most practices had only just got to grips with the previous 28 Essential Standards.

The announcement has given the following details of the CCGs which will be in the first part of the pilot:

  • Brighton and Hove
  • Merton
  • North East Essex
  • West London
  • Cumbria
  • South Warwickshire
  • Enfield
  • Dorset
  • Tameside and Glossop
  • Lincolnshire West
  • West Kent
  • West Cheshire

Quite a cross section of CCGs in terms of population, need and service delivery so it will be very interesting to see what comes out of the pilots. I am particularly keen to see how the inclusion of GPs, Nurses and Practice Managers influences the process.

Yet more interesting times ahead!

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Quick Update From Kate 21/02/14

I have just spoken to CQC and they have told me that the existing inspections will be continuing while the pilot for the new ones is taking place.

I wrote this piece  earlier in the week about the 12 CCGs that they are going to test them on. So what this means is that practices in all other CCGs may still get the 48 hour notice phone call for an inspection.


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