Resources for General Practice

Practices may find the following resources helpful when preparing for telephone calls or inspection visits with the CQC.

How the CQC monitor GP Practices
CQC Provider Information Collection
CQC Nigel’s Surgery tips and mythbusters
BMA – Preparing for a CQC Inspection
BMA – Staff Training Resource

Practices may also find it helpful to use a published CQC evidence table to form the basis of their preparation for a CQC inspection. Unfortunately, there aren’t blank ones available, however, they are a matter of public record and can be easily accessed (usually the first result) by searching ‘CQC evidence table’ into any search engine.  Click on these examples of Outstanding, Good and Requires Improvement to view the evidence tables which may help you prepare for your own inspection .  

Nigel’s Surgey Mythbusters are also helpful and informative.  A full list of all mythbusters can be found by clicking on this link:


Nigel’s Surgery Mythbuster 12 in particular goes into more detail about ‘additional information on searches of the clinical system’ 


See also, an example of standard system searches, kindly shared by a local constitent practice who has recently experienced a ‘Covid-secure CQC inspection. https://cambslmc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/CQC-Searches.xlsx

Mar 2021 - Protect, respect, connect – decisions about living and dying well during COVID-19

Here, you can read CQC’s review of ‘do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ decisions during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Oct 2020 - Transitional Monitoring Approach

As the pandemic evolves, CQC are also evolving their approach to regulating and have introduced a transitional monitoring approach which will replace the ESF.

Mar 2021 - CQC approach to inspecting is changing from April 2021

The Transitional Monitoring Arrangements approach continues to develop and from April 2021, additional activity will be undertaken.

June 2020 - Emergency Support Framework

CQC are evolving their approach to regulating and the way they monitor services due to the pandemic and have introduced the emergency support framework.  

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