CQC – What standards you have a right to expect from the regulation of your GP practice
The Care Quality Commission
(CQC) are the independent regulator of health and adult social care services in England. They make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and encourage services to improve.
They monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety then publish their findings, including performance ratings to help people choose care.
They also protect the interests of vulnerable people, including those whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act. They put the views, experiences, health and wellbeing of people who use services at the centre of their work, and have a range of powers they can use to take action if people are getting for care.By law, all GP practices in England must make sure that the care and treatment they provide meet national standards of quality and safety. The CQC register GP practices if they can show them that they are meeting these standards.
If GP practices are not registered with the CQC they will not be able to provide services. The CQC inspect GP practices to make sure they are meeting these standards, and can do so at any time if there are concerns about the the care provided.
For more information on these standards please read through the ‘What standards you have a right to expect from the regulation of your GP practice’ page or visit www.cqc.org.ukCQC – What standards you have a right to expect from the regulation of your GP practiceYou can expect to be respected, involved and told what’s happening at every stage.You (or someone acting on your behalf) will be involved in discussions about your care and treatment.
You will get support if you need it to help you make decisions and and staff will respect your privacy and dignity.Before you receive any treatment you will be asked whether or not you agree to it.You can expect care, treatment and support that meets your needsYour personal needs will be assessed to make sure you get safe and appropriate care that supports your rights.
You will get the care that you and your GP agree will make a difference to your general health and wellbeing.
You can expect to be safe
You will be cared for in a clean environment where you are protected from infection.Where appropriate, you will get the medicines you need, when you need them, and in a safe way.
You will be treated in a safe and accessible place.
Your GP practice will take appropriate action if they suspect that a patient is at risk of harm.It is not possible to have a lift installed in the building. The practice has fitted secure handrails to the staircase and installed a buzzer at the door to call for help.
You can expect to be cared for by staff with the right skills to do the job properly
Your general health and welfare needs will be met by staff who are properly qualified.
There will always be enough members of staff available to provide safe care and meet your needs.
You will be looked after by staff who are well managed and have the chance to develop and improve their skills.
The practice regularly monitors waiting times and appointment times to make sure they have enough staff to meet the needs of patients.As a result, appointments are rarely cancelled or rescheduled.Your personal records will be accurate and kept safe and confidential.You, or someone acting on your behalf, can complain and will be listened to. Your complaint will be dealt with properly.
The partners of a large GP practice are committed to continuously improving the quality of the service they provide to patients. Patients are encouraged to provide feedback through a suggestion box.
The practice reception area has leaflets about how to complain, and their complaints procedure is on our website.The partners and practice manager review complaints and other feedback to agree how they will learn from the feedback and make improvements, where necessary.
The practice’s website gives information on how they have performed in national and local patient-satisfaction surveys, and what actions they’ve taken to improve the service they provide.