20 / 8 / 2013 7.24am
The GMC and CQC are part of a wider system of healthcare regulation, and The Francis report set a clear challenge for them to work more closely together.
The two organisations have now gone a step further to help protect patients by producing a practical guide to help their staff work effectively together at different levels within the two organisations.
The guide (known as the Operational protocol) sets out the key contacts as well as when and how to share information. It also spells out which teams are involved and includes a new decision tool to help them determine where a joint visit or inspection is necessary.
The model will be supported by joint staff training, and careful monitoring and evaluation. You can read the Operational Protocol on the GMC’s website or the CQC’s website.
The launch of the protocol marks a new phase in the relationship between the GMC and CQC, and is a significant step towards closer collaboration. The protocol is a starting point in closer working between the two organisations, as they continue to embed information sharing and improved communication across their work.