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Registration of GPs set to meet 1 April deadline

Registration of GP service providers with the CQC is on track, with 95% of them applying for registration well before this year’s 1 April deadline.  

Changes to the regulation of primary medical care mean all service providers in England must be registered with the CQC by 1 April 2013. 

The application process began in July 2012 with GP providers setting up registration accounts. The first forms were submitted in September when application windows opened.  Since then 7,589 have been received, equivalent to 95% of all GP service providers expected to register.  

Over 80% of providers have already received their certificates of registration; with the remainder to be issued by 31 March 2013. 

The outstanding 5% of providers comprises those who are due to make application and are in the process of doing so. There are a small number of providers, who may be required to be registered and we are working with them to provide any support they require. 

CQC’s Head of Registration, Adrian Hughes said:  

 “We are delighted with how well GP registration is going; a great deal of work and consultation went into designing a registration process which is as user friendly as possible, and it is  good to see this has paid off.” 

“We are continuing to process applications and look forward to registering all providers who meet the criteria, in time for the deadline.”

The legislation for the registration of GP providers that need to be registered from 1 April, allows them to be registered with routine conditions. This includes for example, the requirement to have a registered manager. It also allows us to register providers with conditions that may require action from the provider to completed within a set timeframe. This could be in relation to meeting the national standards, although we would also have to be assured that in the meantime any risks to patients were being managed. It also allows us to refuse any provider that we find isn't fit to deliver care services. 

To date two ‘notices proposing to refuse registration’ have been issued; the applicants affected have 28 days within which to challenge and appeal against the CQC’s decision.    

GP registration is the final phase of a vast programme spanning the last three years, of registering a range of health and social care services and providers of hospitals, ambulances, care homes, dentists and mental health.