CQC to gather practice data from CCGs and NHS Commissioning Board

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will gather information about the quality of services provided by practices from clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the NHS Commissioning Board (NCB) a CQC consultation has revealed.

CQC to put people’s views at the centre of what it does.
CQC to put people’s views at the centre of what it does.

A CQC consultation paper on the regulators strategy for 2013 – 2016 sets out plans to exchange information about NHS providers, including GP practices, with a number of organisations.

It said: ‘From April 2013, the way the NHS works will radically change. This will herald the beginning of a new, highly interdependent system and introduce both new ways of working as well as a number of new bodies.'

One body which the CQC will share information with is the NCB. The board will manage GP contracts and will be responsible for checking the quality of services provided by practices.

If these checks reveal any concerns, these should be reported by the NCB to the CQC, a spokesman for the regulator said.

The CQC said it would also ‘build constructive relationships’ with CCGs to gather relevant information about their constituent practices. However the CQC would not collect information about GPs' clinical practice, the CQC spokesman said.

Monitor will also share information with the CQC in preparation for joint licensing - from April 2014, the CQC and Monitor will operate a joint licensing regime of providers of NHS care.

The DH is currently consulting on whether GP practices will need to hold a licence with Monitor.

The constitution also laid out plans to make CQC regulation more sector specific, moving towards a model of ‘differentiated regulation’ - regulating different sectors in different ways.

The CQC said it planned to base the ‘frequency and intensity’ of its inspections on a risk assessment of each sector. It will also make better use of information about providers to move towards a more ‘evidence-based’ model of regulation.  

‘This will enable us to deploy our resources to where the risk to the safety and quality of services is the greatest,’ the paper said.

However despite plans to improve regulation the CQC said it did not anticipate extra funding to implement its plans.

It said: ‘We do not expect the extra demands placed upon us by the economic situation, policy changes, and social changes to be met through significant extra resources.

Commenting on the consultation CQC chief executive David Behan said: ‘Perhaps the most significant of our proposed changes is that we’ll tailor the way we regulate different types of organisations based on what has the most impact on driving improvement. We will put people’s views at the centre of what we do.

‘We also recognise we need to work more effectively with others. We have a common goal with other organisations to improve the quality of health and care services. By sharing information and acting together we will be more effective in driving improvement.'

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