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CQC for Practices

MediEstates CQC Consultancy Service

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) application process is detailed, complicated, and takes a long time to complete. The CQC provides a lot of information about this process, but it can be difficult to read through all of the information that is required. It can take up to 14 weeks for the process to complete, provided there are no mistakes on the application.


We provide a specialist service for both buyers and sellers to help navigate the application process for the CQC. We have extensive experience in this sector and our expertise means that we are excellently positioned to provide detailed help and advice – regardless of if you’re buying your dental practice through us or not.

CQC Disclosure and Barring Service
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) provides a central service for undertaking police and identity checks. All organisations where people encounter adults or children are required to ensure that they are vetted via the DBS Certificate process, which must be countersigned by the CQC. This can take up to 4 weeks from application submission.

The CQC registration process is detailed, complicated and can take a long time to complete. The CQC provides a wide range of information and guidance on this but it can be time consuming to read and assimilate all of the information that is required.

It can take up to 14 weeks for the process to complete, provided there are no mistakes on the application.
Week 1
The CQC application form is completed and submitted

Week 2
The CQC will check the form for missing documents or incomplete information before allocating it for assessment by the relevant CQC region

Week 2-10
Once you have registered with the CQC and they agree to your registration, they will send you a decision notice. Your appointed CQC assessor may or may not request an interview with the incoming buyer and may also require further documentation in support of the application.
Week 10
When the CQC assessor is satisfied that your organisation has met the required standards, a comfort letter will be issued. It usually takes 7 to 10 days for this to arrive. Once you have received the comfort letter, you can serve a variation notice on NHS England. If they accept it, they will let you know when the transaction can complete.

Week 10-14
28 day notice period

Week 14

How can we help?

We can help you with:

  • Statutory notifications
  • How to register as a new provider
  • Drafting and advising on implementation of CQC registration within the context of sales and purchases including:
    • Organisations
    • Partnerships
    • Cost sharing agreements including all aspects of partners exiting / entering partnership / organisation

We understand how important it is to get your registration application right the first time. That's why we've put together an extended range of services, including help with the preparation for your CQC interview. Our consultants work on a consultancy basis to guide you through the application process, or we can complete this for you and ensure that you have everything in place to receive your registration confirmation at the earliest possible opportunity. We can also provide you with a step-by-step guide in preparation for your CQC Interview.

If you require support, advice and guidance in relation to DBS checks or CQC applications, we are here to help. Contact us today and we will be happy to provide further information on how we can support you.