2) The CORNERSTONE® programme becomes a series of modules to be accredited against, instead of a one-size-fits-all programme.
This is the concept for a simplified quality framework for general practice.
- Foundation is compulsory for all practices (no change from the current framework); and
- CORNERSTONE® comprises Foundation, and a compulsory clinical quality improvement module, and another module of the practice’s choice.
Examples would be:
Teaching practice = Foundation + clinical continuous quality improvement + teaching practice module
A ‘standard’ general practice = Foundation + clinical quality improvement + general practice module
If the optional modules are implemented, the CORNERSTONE® teaching practice module would replace the College’s current assessment to become a teaching practice. In addition, aspects of other independently certified or accredited standards could be recognised by the CORNERSTONE® programme and not need to be reassessed by CORNERSTONE® assessors.
The practice may choose to complete just one optional module to meet the CORNERSTONE® programme requirements, or it may choose to do as many optional modules as it likes in addition to the one practice-chosen module.
What do you think? Does this proposed framework meet your expectation of a simplified system?