How much notice will we have before an inspection?

CQC will give GP practices two weeks' notice of a Comprehensive Inspection. Out-of-hours GP services will have six to eight weeks' notice. CQC intends to carry out comprehensive inspections at least once every three years.

However, if CQC is responding to concerns or following up an issue identified during a previous visit, it may carry out an unannounced Focused Inspection. At the start of these visits, CQC says its inspection team will meet with the practice's senior partner or senior manager on duty and feed back at the end of the inspection if there are any immediate safety concerns.

This guidance was correct at publication . It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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