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GP Policies Available Now including Free Freedom to Speak Up Policy

Published On:

11 March 2024

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C4Q have developed a comprehensive set of policies that can be downloaded individually for your GP service.

In the fast-paced world of healthcare, it’s crucial for GPs to have efficient and up-to-date policies in place to guide best practices. These policies serve as a foundation for ensuring quality care, patient safety, and staff well-being.

Why are efficient and up-to-date policies important for GPs?

  • Enhanced Quality of Care: Clear and concise policies provide a framework for staff to follow, ensuring consistency and adherence to best practices. This, in turn, leads to a higher quality of care for patients.
  • Improved Patient Safety: Well-defined policies help to mitigate risks and ensure patient safety. By outlining procedures and protocols, policies can help to prevent errors and adverse events.
  • Increased Staff Efficiency: Efficient policies can streamline workflows and improve staff productivity. By having clear guidelines in place, staff can focus on providing care to patients rather than deciphering ambiguous procedures.
  • Reduced Risk of Errors and Complaints: Comprehensive policies can help to reduce the risk of errors and complaints by providing clear guidance on how to handle various situations.
  • Stronger Regulatory Compliance: Up-to-date policies help to ensure that GPs are compliant with the latest regulations and standards. This can help to avoid potential sanctions or penalties.


How can GPs develop and maintain efficient and up-to-date policies?

  • Conduct regular reviews: Policies should be reviewed and updated on a regular basis to reflect changes in regulations, best practices, and the specific needs of the practice.
  • Seek expert advice: Consider seeking guidance from healthcare compliance specialists who can help develop and implement effective policies.
  • Involve staff in the process: Encourage staff to provide input on the development and review of policies. This can help to ensure that the policies are practical and meet the needs of staff.
  • Make policies accessible and understandable: Ensure that policies are easily accessible to all staff and are written in clear and concise language.


We are also pleased to be offering a free policy template you can download and incorporate into your suite.

The Freedom to Speak Up Policy is one of the new requirements from the CQC. It fits in with their focus on ensuring providers embrace a culture of openness, honesty and transparency in line with the new quality statements which now form part of the new single assessment framework. Providers are being asked for this policy in their applications for new registrations as well as part of inspections for ongoing compliance.

It’s worth noting that although the CQC are asking GPs/independent doctors for a Freedom to Speak up Policy, it looks as though they’re also asking NHS providers and online providers for a National Freedom to Speak Up Policy. Research suggests that the national a policy is published by the NHS, for publicly funded providers to adopt. It has yellow highlighted areas for providers to bespoke themselves.

The template is available here:

There may be more clarity on this from the CQC as they embed the new requirements, but in the meantime, if you’re an independent provider and require a Freedom to Speak Up Policy, please visit our e-shop for your free download.

If you would like us to fully bespoke these to your organisation for you and/or provide you with ongoing updates for your policies in line with legislative and regulatory changes, then call or email us on 08083 037626 or [email protected]

Go to Care 4 Quality E-shop to see the range of policies available now!

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