CQC publish state of general practice 2014 – 2017

September 21, 2017

From the Care Quality Commission
The state of care in general practice 2014 to 2017 presents findings from the CQC’s programme of comprehensive inspections of GP practices across the country.

  • Findings highlight that nearly 90% of general practices in England have been rated as ‘good’, making this the highest performing sector CQC regulates.
  • The CQC has found that at the end of its first inspection programme of general practices when many had been re-inspected, 4% were rated ’outstanding’, 86% were ’good’, 8% were ‘requires improvement’ and 2% were ‘inadequate’ overall.
  • This is an improvement from the first ratings awarded to general practices (prior to any re-inspections) when overall, 4% were ‘outstanding’, 79% were ‘good’, 13% were ‘requires improvement’ and 4% were ‘inadequate’.

With GPs facing ongoing pressures around capacity, patient demand and workload and at a time of service redesign, the best general practices are driving change and embracing innovation to make sure they are able to deliver even better care into the future.

CQC’s regulation of primary care is supporting people to receive better care in general practice by setting clear standards of quality and safety and ensuring providers meet them, by sharing examples of what is working well, and by encouraging extra support for the sector through the General Practice Forward View.

For more information, including access to the full report, click here.

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