The CQC is changing the way it organises its practice inspections, assigning a named lead inspector for each CCG area from October 2015 in a bid to improve the relationships between practices and inspectors.

The previous model, where the inspectorate identified CCG areas it would be focusing on and teams aimed to visit around a quarter of practices within a roughly four-week window, has been deemed inefficient.

What this means for practices:-

Pros

Relationship building = better communication
Good practices will be able to avoid inspections - see Bowburn's experience
Empathy with particular problems caused by demographics/pressures on the CCG causing issues

Cons

If you are a poor performer: Inspector will be more familiar and will target poor performers more easily

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