latest GP CQC registration proposals

GP-practice

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) announced last week that it welcomes the proposals published by the Department of Health which suggest an extension to the GP Registration process.

The Commission has asked the Department of Health to extend GP practice registration beyond the current deadline for one year until April 2013. However it is still proposed that all providers whose sole or main purpose is NHS GP out-of-hours services or walk-in centres will still need to be registered by 1 April 2012.

The aim of the delay is to try to improve the process for GPs. The CQC also see the proposed delay as an opportunity to embed compliance monitoring in the sectors they already regulate, and to ensure registration is more closely aligned with accreditation schemes.

There are currently no plans to change the scope of regulation – all NHS primary care medical services will have to register, but the timing of that registration for GP practices may change.

More details on the consultation, and how to participate, can be found on the Department of Health website.