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CQC Essentials: 24-hour retirement and CQC registration

Do practices need to inform the CQC if one of the partners takes 24-hour retirement?

This article relates to the CQC key question: Is your practice well-led?
The CQC is often asked about 24-hour retirement, and we understand it can be a complex issue for GP practices.

The issue is whether GPs who are partners in a CQC registered partnership need to inform CQC or take any other action regarding their CQC registration if they retire for 24 hours from their NHS contract.

We consulted with the British Medical Association and NHS England.

All parties agree that when a GP who is a partner in a CQC registered partnership takes 24 hour retirement from their NHS contract, they retire from their NHS contract for that period but do not retire from their responsibilities as a partner of the CQC registered partnership. They remain accountable, along with the other partners, for providing regulated activities by the CQC registered partnership over the 24 hour period.

Consequently, GP partners do not need to inform CQC or take any other action regarding their CQC registration where they are taking 24 hour retirement.

Contract changes and CQC registration

A person does not need to be a GP, or to hold a contract, to be a partner or a registered manager in a CQC registered partnership. So retiring from an NHS contract for 24 hours does not affect their ability to remain a partner in a CQC registered partnership. The issues of contract changes and CQC registration are separate.

  • Professor Nigel Sparrow is senior national GP advisor and responsible officer at the CQC. This article is one of Professor Sparrow's mythbusters on the CQC website.

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