Posted on 24 May 2012.

Later this year, all GP practices and other primary medical services must register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and comply with the essential quality and safety standards specified in Section 20 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008. GPs have until April 2013 to register and comply.

Certain sections of these regulations are of particular importance to your premises, dealing with matters such as cleanliness and infection control and safety and suitability of premises. It is the practice’s responsibility to ensure compliance by thoroughly reviewing its premises against these requirements, highlighting any issues and identifying reasonable steps to manage or rectify them.

Although there is as yet no detailed guidance as to what any CQC review would cover, a professionally undertaken survey is an excellent starting point. This will detail any actions required to the building’s physical structure, internal space utilisation, DDA compliance, plant and machinery maintenance and other such issues, and will provide a good indication of any areas that must be tackled to be CQC compliant.

For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Tom Mason MRICS. 

May 2012

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