Last month the CQC launched its new approach to inspecting and rating GP practices. Over a period of two years, they will inspect and rate every practice that is registered with the CQC using this new approach.
During the next few weeks, the CQC will be publishing the first reports under the new approach, completed since 1 October 2014.
As part of the new approach, the CQC will also launch its Intelligent Monitoring Tool, which helps the inspectors to prioritise when, where and what they will focus on when they inspect. The tool draws on existing national data sources, such as Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) and the GP Patient Survey, and includes indicators covering a range of GP practice activity and patient experience. Based on 39 indicators, each GP practice will be categorised into one of six priority bands, with band 1 representing the highest priority for inspection.
From this week, the CQC will be publishing its Intelligent Monitoring data and bandings for GP practices. The information (including the bandings) will be presented on the CQC website in individual reports about each practice. The data will also be accessible by CCG area. In due course, the data, bandings and eventually ratings will also form part of the My NHS website on NHS Choices.
Find out more about Intelligent Monitoring and the 38 indicators. From this page, you can also search for the individual report on your practice.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions about GP Practices and the Intelligent Monitoring Data.