Wednesday 19th Mar 2014 - Kate Hodkinson
A consultation launched in January by CQC is aiming to clarify how the current 28 Outcomes in the Essential Standards of Quality and Safety will be replaced by the new 11 Fundamental Standards and supporting conditions.
Professor Steve Field, the Chief Inspector of general Practice, has given several interviews outlining the changes expected from April this year. Some of them, I believe, demonstrate an improvement in the process – especially the make up of the inspection team that will include:
I am hoping that this last point does not necessarily mean some of the daily visitors that GP practices get!
The outcomes areas that are currently in use will be replaced and the focus will shift to five key areas for providers to demonstrate:
Is it safe?
Is it effective?
Is it caring?
Is it responsive?
Is it well led?
Download the 11 fundamentals standards of care with full supporting conditions CQC Fundamental Standard of Care 2014.
CQC will begin testing the new approach in April and will evaluate their findings in the summer before the new process and regulations are formally adopted in October. Every practice should have been inspected and rated by April 2016 – a challenging target for them to meet.
The 11 Fundamental standards don’t really change the basic principles that have been in the previous essential standards but the challenge for practices will be to provide evidence across the 5 Key questions and not just in relation to each individual supporting condition.
I will keep repeating the message to practice, that they should have confidence in the fact that their care is safe, effective, based on patient needs, well managed, compassionate and see the CQC inspection as an opportunity to demonstrate this. Practice managers will need to continue the work started on getting the whole team involved and committed as the emphasis of the visit will continue to be on what actually happens to the patients and how they are dealt with by the team. The areas that every practice needs to look at will continue to be in ensuring that they have sufficient, relevant and up to date evidence to support their registration.
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