During a CQC inspection - information for GP practices

What areas of a practice will the CQC look at during an inspections and are inspectors able to access medical records?

The CQC will use 'key lines of enquiry' during an inspection to assess how practices are performing against its five key questions and for six population groups.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (HSCA) sets out the CQC’s statutory powers and duties, as well as the legal framework for providers to follow. Sections of the Health and Social Care Act will be checked on an inspection against the registration certificate.

There is more information below on how the inspection process will work. You can also look at the Medeconomics three-part guide to CQC inspection: CQC inspection for GP practices explained for more information on what the CQC will assess during an inspection and how it rates practices.

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