Following extensive consultation and a pilot, The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (the College) has confirmed its new quality framework.

The College sets and maintains quality standards for general practice through its Foundation and Cornerstone programmes – these programmes are designed to assist general practices to continuously improve patients’ experiences and health outcomes.

Foundation Programme is the mandatory pre-requisite for entry onto our Cornerstone Programme. Foundation and Cornerstone will be ‘stand-alone’ quality programmes.

Cornerstone will have three levels of accreditation, giving practices the opportunity to choose which level they want to achieve and maintain: bronze, silver or gold. 

To gain bronze accreditation, practices will need to complete two core Cornerstone modules: Continuous Quality Improvement and Equity. 

If a practice continues their quality journey, they can achieve silver or gold accreditation by completing a number of College-produced and external modules. Practices can decide which modules best apply to their staff and their patients. 

College Chief Executive, Lynne Hayman (pictured) believes these changes will make the programme more relevant and valuable to practices.

“I am very excited with our new look Cornerstone, I believe it meets the needs of our members and practices for flexibility and simplification. 

“The aim is that practices will gain a tangible benefit from the new modular Cornerstone, and that it is future proofed and relevant to practices. I’m looking forward to them joining us on this journey.”

All practices will be moved onto the new programme on 1 April 2020, and the College will be regularly updating practices, Primary Health Organisations and other stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition.

More information, including FAQs and a visual representation can be found on the College website.


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