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General practices are urged to select application window as CQC registration opens

Authors: Helen Jaques 

Publication date:  13 Jul 2012


The Care Quality Commission has opened the online system for registration of general practices and is urging surgeries to select a “window” in which to formally submit their application.

All general practices have been sent a unique 12 digit registration access code with which to sign in to the CQC’s website, after which they will be able to pick one of four application windows between September and December 2012.

Spaces in the four 28 day windows will be allocated on a first come, first served basis up until the end of August. The CQC has stated that more than 2000 general practices have already signed up to the system and picked an application window.

From April 2013 all general practices and other providers of primary medical services are required to be registered with the CQC. Primary care providers will have to meet 16 essential standards on quality and safety or to provide in their application form an action plan spelling out how they will eventually meet the standards.

The CQC “firmly believes” that most general practices will already be complying with these standards, a spokesman said.

The application form, which has been tested on a panel of 200 general practices, should take less than two hours to complete, the CQC has said. Practices can begin completing the application form immediately but can only formally submit their application during their chosen window.

Practices will not be charged a “joining fee” when they apply for registration but will have to pay an annual registration fee from 1 April 2013.

Helen Jaques news reporter BMJ Careers

 hjaques@bmj.com

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