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Can you spot a CQC myth from fact?

Wednesday 24th Dec 2014 - Kate Hodkinson

Unless your practice have already had a CQC Inspection, it is likely you will face one in 2015. So before you enter the New Year, it’s not only important to know the requirements and understand CQC guidance, but that you can also spot CQC myth from fact.

‘All material curtains in the surgery should be replaced with paper ones.’

‘No carpets are allowed anywhere in the surgery.’

Both of the aforementioned are common myths within general practice regarding CQC compliance and not entirely correct.

As long as curtains are clean and/or changed at least once every six months with a clear system in place to make sure this is the case, and carpets are not used in treatment or minor surgery rooms - areas where there are carpets should still be clean, of course - then your practice is CQC compliant.

Responsible Officer at the Care Quality Commission, Nigel Sparrow, has busted some of the all too common rumours regarding compliance on the Care Quality Commission website.

Myths covered include those surrounding:

  • hand washing signs (not actually required);
  • the use of chaperones and the training that is required of them; and
  • who should have a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check.

The strange - but often repeated - myths covered in Nigel Sparrow’s mythbusting guide are certainly something to be mulled over (with the wine) during the New Year period.

Lastly - but not least - I would like to wish all the managers, clinicians and team members in general practice Season’s Greetings and a Happy (CQC compliant) New Year. I look forward to working alongside and supporting you in the year to come.

If you require any further guidance or support the FPM group has a wide range tools to help practices in demonstrating compliance with the CQC requirements. For more details contact the team on 0333 240 4010 or email mail@firstpracticemanagement.co.uk.


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