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How Clinical Risk Self Assessments help GP organisations meet CQC standards

By: Julie Price | Post date: 20/12/2017 | Time to read article: 1 mins

The information within this article was correct at the time of publishing. Last updated 14/11/2018

CQC and other regulatory and legislative issues are a significant challenge for all GP organisations. This challenge is set to increase. What advice can you give to manage this challenge / risk?

Julie Price, Head of Risk Management and Education Consultancy, discusses the tools available to help GP organisations comply with CQC standards.

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An increasing challenge for general practice is how to manage regulatory changes and enhance compliance with national standards for example, CQC. Our Risk Management and Education Team recognise these challenges and have developed a series of conceptualised system-wide system improvement and management tools for our practices to use to identify hazards and reduce harm to patients, staff and visitors. Our products include Clinical Risk Self Assessments and safety improvement checklists which are available for members and non members. Our Clinical Risk Self Assessment, or CRSA, is a unique programme that provides an opportunity for practices to work collaboratively together to identify potential risks that could cause harm to patients and come up with solutions to mitigate those risks. So why should a practice have a CRSA? Well some practices invite us to visit them before a CQC visit because they want to ensure they do comply with CQC standards. But also, we do get invited after the practices have had a CQC visit to support them through that process of making those important changes to their practice. So it’s very rewarding work. Now, the face of general practice is changing at such a fast rate and we’ve now begun to see that federation groups and corporate groups of practices coming together are also inviting us to undertake risk assessments of their groups of practices. This is invaluable for them because it allows the federation to have an overarching view of the issues surrounding all their practices, say a group of 30. But equally, each individual practice can see their individual risks and I’m sure that as we go forward with this fast-changing pace of general practice we will see more federations and corporates using these system improvement tools to ensure the quality of care that is provided and reduce harm to patients.

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Julie Price

Julie Price is the head of risk management and education consultancy at Medical Protection. With over 20 years’ experience working in risk management, Julie is responsible for leading and overseeing the development, design and delivery of clinical risk management programmes for the UK and beyond.

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