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Accreditation will help practices to meet the CQC's registration requirements.
In the past few months the profession has thought a lot about re-licensing of individual GPs and revalidation.
But thought also needs to be given to the practice team and its performance quality.
The RCGP's practice accreditation (PA) scheme is a voluntary quality improvement scheme which was announced in October 2010 and is due to be launched early in 2011.
With so much happening so quickly in general practice, you might not feel like applying for a voluntary scheme whatever the kudos it could earn the practice.
However, we have to think about the forthcoming requirement for practices in England to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) by April 2012. The PA's first stage matches up with the 16 CQC standards applying to general practice.
PA is a process which seeks to …