Last year the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) announced they were updating practice accreditation standards, Foundation Standard and CORNERSTONE®, in response to feedback from practices requesting the assessment process be simpler and less costly.
Draft standards have been developed and are being piloted in some practices around the country. The pilot will run through to 1 April 2020 when it is expected the new standards will be implemented (this has been delayed from an original implementation date in October 2019).
The draft Foundation Standard has been reviewed in detail by Pinnacle's Quality and Education Committee.
The Committee expressed serious concern the draft Foundation Standard has increased in size and scope from the previous standard, and goes well beyond the original intent of prescribing the minimum legal, regulatory and professional standards required for safe general practice in New Zealand.
The Committee is particularly concerned at the increased burden of costs and resources created by a more expansive Foundation Standard, especially for smaller practices.
We have given our feedback to RNZCGP and are consulting with them over it, both individually and as part of the N4 group of the country's four largest general practice networks. We will keep practices updated.
In the meantime, practices with Foundation Standard certification expiring before 1 April 2020, that are not part of the pilot, will be assessed under the old Standard. These practices will be contacted within the next two weeks with further information.
Cornerstone practices whose accreditation expires before 1 April 2020, and are not part of the pilot, will need to continue on the current Cornerstone programme, completing all current annual requirements, including the onsite assessment.