For the first time, information on every general practice in England has been analysed and published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to show the public how it will decide which surgeries it will inspect and what it will focus on.
While CQC can only judge the quality of care within a service once it has carried out an inspection, the analysis indicates which services appear to be doing well, alongside where people may not be receiving high-quality and compassionate care.
The ‘intelligent monitoring’ of general practices includes evidence on patient experience, care and treatment, and is based on sources including surveys and official statistics.
- CQC has produced thirty-eight indicators on whether patients at the surgery could be at ‘risk’ or ‘elevated risk’ beyond what would be expected normally for each of these.
- CQC has then placed every practice into bandings from one (highest perceived concern) to six (lowest perceived concern) to help plan inspections from next year.
- The analysis reveals that almost eight out of ten general practices in England appear to be of low concern (78% or 6,076 practices are in the lowest four bands; 3,797 of which are in band six).
- The 1,200 practices that are in bands one and two will be considered for inspection from next year, so that CQC can determine the quality and safety of care within them. The bandings are not judgements: these only happen following inspections.
- CQC plans to update this information every three months
You can use the CQC search tool to find what monitoring data is available about your own GP practice.