From 1 April 2013 all GP practices had to register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and inspections started at the beginning of May.
In this edition we profile a practice that had their inspection and offer some hints and tips on how to get through your practice’s CQC inspection.
Another topical subject is the government plans for patients to have online access to their medical records by 2015.
This has the potential to transform patient care, but in order to realise the advantages great care needs to be taken to manage the associated risks.
Successful roll out of online medical records will require the engagement and participation of individual doctors and patients across the country.
In Dr Amir Hannan’s practice they have already successfully rolled out online records for patients; to find out how it’s going and how his patients responded, click here.
Christmas can be a challenging time in general practice. Dr Rachel Birch, MPS medicolegal consultant and salaried GP, advises on how to survive the festive season.
We hope you enjoy this edition of Practice Matters and would be interested to hear your comments, as well as any topics you would like us to feature in future editions.
Dr Richard Stacey
Editor-in-chief and MPS medicolegal adviser
Disclaimer: All information is correct at the time of publishing (December 2013)