Health and safety issues in GP practices

The CQC will want to see evidence that practices are meeting health and safety standards during an inspection, including complying with legionella requirements, maintenance of medical equipment, portable appliance testing and calibrating medical equipment and reporting patient safety incidents to the NRLS.


GP practices are expected to comply with health and safety legislation. The CQC will also expect to see that practices are meeting safety requirements relating to medical equipment and reporting of patient safety incidents.

The CQC also expects practices to have conducted a legionella risk assessment to identify risks within their surgery and be able to show that they are managing these risks.

Maintaining medical equipment

  • Maintenance of medical equipment
    During inspections the CQC will want to see evidence of reliable systems, processes and practices in place to keep people safe. This includes using and maintaining equipment and ensuring that equipment is not out-of-date.

Other health and safety issues

  • Legionella
    What the CQC expects to see in a GP practice in relation their responsibilities to protect staff and patients from the risks of legionella bacteria.

More CQC resources

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