|Title:||Credentialing and Defining Scope of Clinical Practice for Health Professionals (Nursing and Midwifery) in WA Health Services – A Policy Handbook|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0505/14|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 27 February 2014|
|Description:||WA Health has agreed to support credentialing of eligible midwives and nurse practitioners into public health facilities. The policy is intended to apply to all nurse practitioners and eligible midwives working in the WA public health system and is to be used in conjunction with existing organisational policies.|
|Framework:||Clinical Governance, Safety and Quality Policy Framework|
|Period of effect:||from 17 February 2014 to 17 February 2019|
|Authorised by:||Professor Bryant Stokes, A/Director General for Health, Director Generals’ Office, 16-Feb-2014|
|Print version:||View print version|
Credentialing and Defining Scope of Clinical Practice for Health Professionals (Nursing and Midwifery) in WA Health Services – A Policy Handbook
The Credentialing Policy was developed as a tool to ensure that WA Health employs appropriately skilled and qualified health professionals, and that these professionals provide care in line with their skills and qualifications and the needs of the local community. The policy is intended to apply to all nurse practitioners (employed or private) and eligible midwives working in the WA public health system and is to be used in conjunction with the Access Agreement for Eligible Midwives 2013.
Health Services and Hospitals are to establish and maintain processes for credentialing and defining/awarding the scope of clinical practice for health professionals employed by WA Health. Health professionals who are not employees of WA Health but practice independently and provide services within WA Health facilities are credentialed and have a defined scope of clinical practice prior to practising at a WA public Hospital/Health Service. This is achieved by:
1) Verification of Credentials: Initial review and verification of qualifications, skills, experience and competencies.
2) Defining the Scope of Clinical Practice: Delineation of the scope of clinical practice for the nurse practitioner or eligible midwife within a specific health care facility.
3) Formal review of credentials and the scope of clinical practice to confirm the practitioner has maintained his/her qualifications, skills and competencies.
Steps 1 and 2 are completed prior to appointment. Step 3 is completed on a regular and ongoing basis (3-5 years).
A Credentialing Committee, comprising of relevant health professionals; appointed by the relevant health care facility, is responsible for the credentialing of ALL health practitioners. The Committee will verify credentials, define and regularly review the scope of clinical practice with respect to the practitioner’s credentials and the health care facility’s role.
All health service administrators and health professionals are advised of the implementation of the Credentialing Policy.
All health service providers will:
Principal Midwifery Advisor/ Principal Nursing Advisor
Professor Bryant Stokes
This circular last updated: Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 2:00pm