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How we regulate independent doctor services

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About this consultation

We consulted on our proposed approach to regulating and inspecting independent doctor services. Following the consultation, we tested our proposed approach in pilot inspections of 40 independent doctor services between November 2015 and April 2016, to identify learning in relation to regulating these services.

Our response to this consultation presents the key points from the feedback as well as what we learned from our pilot inspections. Overall feedback from providers was positive and agreed with our proposed approach, and feedback from the services, our staff and the specialist advisers who were involved in the pilot inspections also supported the approach.

The feedback will help us in developing the next phase of our regulatory model to have a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach, to align with our five-year strategy for 2016 to 2021.


Last updated:
09 July 2018