What qualifies as a location for CQC fees?
A location is:
- A place to which people are admitted to for the purpose of receiving a regulated activity, or
- A place in which people live as their main or sole place of residence or in which they are educated, and they receive care or treatment there, or
- A walk-in centre, or
- A primary medical, primary dental or out-of-hours service, or
- The branch of an agency providing care, or
- A regional headquarters from which a national or cross-regional independent ambulance service is managed, or
- A stand alone purpose-built diagnostic or screening facility.
If none of these apply, than a location is also:
- A place where regulated activities are managed from.
In the case of GP services, there may only be a requirement for the main location to be registered and other locations to be treated as a branch. However, this is only possible where both locations share the same patient list.
If a practice discovers that they are being charged by the CQC for a location which should actually be defined as branch, their statement of purpose needs to be updated to reflect this and the CQC must be informed by completing the Provider Application: Remove a Location form (found on their website).
There are a number of rules that apply to each situation. To identify all your locations, your practice should work through the rules in the order in which they appear in the CQC guidance on this.
References & Resources:
What is a 'location'? Guidance for providers and inspectors , CQC, February 2016