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14th September 2012

CQC registration deadline coming up fast for GPs

Better national health a legacy of London 2012?

The warm glow of national pride resulting from the success of London 2012 may be fading, however, let’s hope the immediate effect of this ‘national shot in the arm’ act as a booster injection to the economy. In the minds of many health workers across the UK the enduring legacy of the Olympics to which politicians allude should include a healthier nation, enabled through greater participation in sport... perhaps.

The problem with politicians talking about ‘legacy’ here is that it may only be so much unconvincing hot air. Essentially, only time will tell if the Olympic Games London 2012 has an enduring legacy and contributes to better national health.

Improving national health more reliably with consistent care

A more convincing approach to improving the nation’s health is to ensure that standards of care are consistent. In England responsibility for regulating essential standards of quality and safety is the responsibility of The Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC is now on the anchor leg, the fourth tranche of registration for health and social care service providers in England.

The finishing line for GP’s practices and other primary medical services to register with the CQC is coming up fast and is now less than 6 months away. Significant numbers of GPs - some 500 or so - have yet to register. The remaining 8,500 have begun registration. Failing to register before the deadline means primary healthcare practices could face prosecution for running unregistered services.

Good news for practice managers

Many managers of as yet unregistered GP’s practices may be daunted by the prospect of undertaking a significant compliance project that needs to be completed within a 28 day slot. Those already registered may be grappling with the question of how to stay on top of compliance issues. However, there’s good news for practice managers; there’s no need to spend unnecessary hours poring over policy and guidance, or engaging external consultants at significant cost in order to get on top of registration or inspection.

Compliance at a fraction of the cost

QCS provides a management system designed to support GP’s CQC registration, helps prevent failing CQC inspections and gives direction in meeting the needs of all practice patients.

The QCS GP management system puts expertly produced policies and procedures online at your fingertips and is fully searchable. Find out more about completing registration and achieving compliance at a fraction of the cost in both time and money - click here to go to the QCS General Practitioner Management page.

Click here to go to to see the article ‘Hundreds of GP practices yet to start CQC registration as deadline looms’.

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