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April 2014 saw the introduction of a multitude of new employment regulations. inpractice rounds up the latest legislation that may be applicable to your practice.
CQC is planning to roll out full inspections using the new inspection methodology from October 2014.
The new inspection methodology will be based on fundamental standards that will be common to all sectors, but CQC is adapting the methodology so that inspections are tailored more closely to the sector they are used in. Pilots using the new methodology in primary care started in April 2013. CQC aims to use the experience from the pilots to shape the final inspection methodology that will be developed over the summer.
The first wave of inspections using the new methodology will start in primary care in October to December 2014. A second wave of inspections will then follow in January to March 2015 with the aim of having all primary care practices inspected by 2016.
From October 2014, new regulations should also be in place to give CQC powers to require a duty of candour from all the providers it inspects, including in general practice. This means practices will be required to ensure that patients are told when something has gone wrong and to prove to CQC that this has been done. The new statutory duty will be in addition to the ethical duty of candour that already exists for doctors.
CQC is producing handbooks to help each sector understand how it will regulate and inspect them.
For more information, visit the CQC website.
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