During an inspection the CQC will expect to see that practices are taking appropriate steps to prevent infection and protect patients. Inspectors will assess a GP practice against five key questions including 'is this service safe?', issues around infection control will fall under this key question.
Carpets, curtains and interior CQC requirements
GP practices have raised a number of questions with the CQC about exactly what it expects with regard to carpets in the surgery, curtains in consulting rooms, hand washing signs and toys in the waiting room. Professor Nigel Sparrow, the CQC's senior national GP advisor, explains the CQC's view on these issues.
- Carpets in GP practices
Does the CQC allow practices to have carpets in the surgery? This article explains the CQC's position on flooring in clinical rooms, waiting and administrative areas and other parts of the practice.
- Guidance about curtains
The CQC explains best practice on the use and replacement of curtains and blinds within a GP practice.
- Hand washing signs
Do practices need to have signs to instruct people to wash their hands? This article outline what the CQC looks for in relation to hand hygeine during an inspection.
- Toys and artworks in GP practices
Does the CQC allow practices to keep toys in the waiting room? The CQC answers questions from GP practices about toys in waiting areas and the safety and suitability of displaying art works in the surgery.
More CQC resources
- View the full CQC Essentials series on Medeconomics
- CQC's recommended reading to help practices meet regulations and prepare for an inspection