The CQC will use 'key lines of enquiry' during an inspection to assess how practices are performing against its five key questions and for six population groups.
The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (HSCA) sets out the CQC’s statutory powers and duties, as well as the legal framework for providers to follow. Sections of the Health and Social Care Act will be checked on an inspection against the registration certificate.
There is more information below on how the inspection process will work. You can also look at the Medeconomics three-part guide to CQC inspection: CQC inspection for GP practices explained for more information on what the CQC will assess during an inspection and how it rates practices.
- Accessing medical records during inspections of GP practices
The CQC will only use its powers to look at a patient's medical records where there is a necessary reason to do this and where the intrusion on the privacy of that patient is justified and proportionate.
- Areas looked at on inspections (key lines of enquiry)
A summary of the key lines of enquiry (KLOEs) used by CQC inspectors.
- CQC and the Health and Social Care Act 2008
The regulations and requirements under the Health and Social Care Act that are checked during a CQC inspection.
- Factual accuracy for CQC inspection reports
If you don't agree with the facts contained in your CQC report, what should you do?
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