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For GP practices and out-of-hours service providers

  • Organisations we regulate

This section is for GP surgeries and GP out-of-hours services. You'll find guidance on our new approach to regulating services, including our provider handbook, and information about registration.

Our new approach

See our introduction to guidance for GP practices.

We began using our new approach to inspect and regulate GP and GP out-of-hours services, explained in our provider handbook and appendices, on 1 October 2014.

About our new approach

Under our new approach:

  • We will put people who use services at the centre of our work – we will listen, involve and respond to people’s experiences of care.
  • Inspection teams will be tailored to the service it is inspecting – it will be led by an inspector with a GP on every inspection, and may include a practice manager or practice nurse and an Expert by Experience.
  • We will use Intelligent Monitoring to decide when, where and what to inspect, the methods for listening better to people’s experiences of care and using the best information across the system.
  • Inspectors will use professional judgement, supported by objective measures and evidence, to assess services against our five key questions:
    • Are they safe?
    • Are they effective?
    • Are they caring?
    • Are they responsive to people's needs?
    • Are they well-led?
  • We will rate services – these ratings will help people to compare services and to highlight where care is outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.
  • Our inspectors will use a standard set of key lines of enquiry (KLOEs) that directly relate to the five key questions – are they safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led? This will ensure consistency and focus on those areas that matter most.

What to expect from an inspection

Our new approach is designed to improve the quality of care people receive. We have developed a series of tools we hope you find helpful in preparing for your CQC inspection.

What to expect when we inspect: for GP practices PDF | 61.74 KB

What to expect when we inspect: for independent doctors PDF | 407.32 KB

Encouraging improvement

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Last updated:
18 May 2016