Regulation of General Practice Programme Board (RGPPB)

The Board was established in June 2016 following the publication of the General Practice Forward View (GPFV). The GPFV aims to tackle five important areas in primary care, including practice workload.

The purpose of the Board is to:

  • Coordinate and improve the overall approach to the regulation of general practice in England by bringing together the main statutory oversight and regulatory bodies and delivering a programme of work that will streamline working arrangements and minimise duplication.
  • Provide a forum to enable statutory bodies to sign up to a common framework – a shared view of quality – which will be co-produced with the professions and the public.

The Board’s collective aim is to ensure that patients receive high-quality and safe care and that practices are supported to improve.

A Joint framework: commissioning and regulating together has been developed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS England, with the support of NHS Clinical Commissioners. Its purpose is to help our organisations work more effectively together and reduce duplication in the regulation of general practice.

We developed the framework with the input of over 150 staff from CCGs, CQC, and NHS England at regional workshops in London, Leeds, Birmingham and Bristol held in May and June 2017.

It gives us an opportunity to improve joint working to reduce duplication between regulation and commissioning, and to become more streamlined and targeted in our activity.

In March 2018, the Regulation of General Practice Programme Board (RGPPB) published its statement on the shared view of quality in general practice. It was developed with the support of organisations representing providers, professionals and the public, and draws together existing frameworks into an overarching set of principles. By bringing together multiple definitions of quality, the Board can begin to reduce the workload and duplication for health care providers in providing evidence of outcomes for quality assurance. The shared view of quality does not describe a set of processes, pathways or clinical outcomes as these will are improved continually. An overly prescriptive definition would inhibit quality, as it would be limited by our current understanding of best practice.

To find out more about the Board and its membership, visit the CQC website.