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dinsdag 28 februari 2017

Our monthly update for primary care providers

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care quality commission

The independent regulator of health and social care in England

Update

Our monthly update for providers and professionals working in primary medical services


February 2017

New CQC fees for registered providers 2017/18 to be published in March

Next month, we'll be publishing our final fees scheme that sets out our annual charges to providers from April 2017. Following a full public consultation last year, these changes are to ensure that we can continue monitoring, inspecting and regulating services to make sure they meet the fundamental standards of quality and safety.

The amount that providers will pay for their regulation will depend on the type of health or social care they offer, as well as how close they are already to meeting the cost of their regulation in full. The full details of the fees increase will be published in our final fees scheme, alongside our response to the fees consultation and other supporting information. 


Comprehensive inspection programme completed

We have completed our comprehensive inspection programme of all GP practices and adult social care services that were registered before 1 October 2014. In total, including inspections carried out in response to risk, we have completed over 8,000 inspections across GP practices. Read more here.

Ratings

Next phase consultation now closed

The next phase winter consultation has now closed. This consultation sought your views on the principles of how we will regulate new models of care and complex providers; changes to assessment frameworks across all sectors; how we will register services for people with learning disabilities; and the way we will regulate NHS trusts and foundation trusts from April 2017.

A second consultation in the spring will seek views on a number of areas, including how we will regulate adult social care and primary medical service providers from October 2017.


Other news

New GP contract agreed for 2017/18

NHS England, the Government, and the British Medical Association's General Practitioners Committee have reached agreement on changes to the general practice contract in England. For GPs, agreement has been reached to cover the costs for practices in a number of key areas, including costs of CQC inspection, indemnity costs and other areas of workload. Read more here. 

Cancer Research UK publish report on support for GPs

The report says that GPs want more support when offering drugs that lower the risk of certain cancers. It finds that GPs are more comfortable to discuss drugs, and more willing to prescribe or recommend drugs when they are supported by secondary care clinicians. Read the full report here. 

RCGP launch new scheme to help GP practices

The scheme from the Royal College of General Practitioners will provide expert advice and guidance for practices, including those that are finding it difficult to recruit GPs, keep pace with patient demand, or are even facing closure. Read more here.


Events

CQC will be speaking at the Homeless and Inclusion Health 2017 conference on 1 March. 


Join our team

Provider Engagement Manager opportunity

We are looking for a Provider Engagement Manager to work as part of a dynamic team that helps CQC engage and involve health and social care providers in our work. Read more about this exciting opportunity here.


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