CQC inspections to assess 'whole spectrum' of patient care

The CQC will assess how GPs care for a variety of different patient groups, including people with mental health problems and the most vulnerable, under a rigorous new plan for inspection and regulation.

CQC will assess GP care for patients with different needs (photo: Jason Heath Lancy)
CQC will assess GP care for patients with different needs (photo: Jason Heath Lancy)

Under the proposed guidelines, practices will have to prove they are providing effective care for patients in six different ‘population groups’ to satisfy the CQC that they are providing acceptable care.

GPs are encouraged to 'get involved', and will be given the chance to comment on the CQC’s changes.

The population groups under scrutiny will be older people; people with long-term conditions; mothers, babies, children and young people; the working-age population and those recently retired; people in vulnerable circumstances; and people with mental health problems.

A CQC spokesman said: ‘By looking at services for these groups of people, we can make sure our inspections look at the outcomes of care provided for all people, including those who are particularly vulnerable. It also means we can present information to the public about local services that are relevant to them.’

Inspections will aim to answer five main questions to assess the quality of the services a practice provides its patients: are they safe, are they effective, are they caring, are they responsive to people’s needs, and are they well-led?

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