|Title:||The Policy for Credentialling and Scope of Clinical Practice for Medical Practitioners|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0035/07|
|Date of issue:||Monday, 19 February 2007|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||The purpose of the policy is to define the process for credentialing and defining the scope of clinical practice for medical practitioners working in the Western Australian public health care facilities.|
|Period of effect:||from 1 February 2007 to 31 January 2012|
|Review date:||31 January 2010|
|Authorised by:||Dr Neale Fong, DIRECTOR GENERAL, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, 19-Feb-2007|
|Print version:||View print version|
The Policy for Credentialling and Scope of Clinical Practice for Medical Practitioners
The purpose of this Operational Directive is to outline the main features of the policy for Credentialling and Defining the Scope of Clinical Practice for Medical Practitioners. The policy was developed within the guidelines of the clinical governance framework of Pillar 4, “Professional Development and Management” by the Office of Safety and Quality in Health Care.
The Credentialling Policy was developed as a tool to ensure that WA Health employs appropriately skilled and qualified medical practitioners, and that these practitioners undertake procedures in line with their skills and qualifications and the needs of the local community. The policy is intended to apply to all medical practitioners working in the WA public health system.
The Credentialling Policy will protect:
All medical practitioners are to be credentialled and have a defined scope of clinical practice prior to appointment to a public health care facility. This is achieved by:
1) Verification of Credentials: Initial review and verification of a medical practitioner’s qualifications, skills, experience and competencies.
3) Formal review of credentials and the scope of clinical practice to confirm the medical practitioner has maintained his/her qualifications, skills and competencies, and that the health care facility still requires and is able to support the defined scope of clinical practice.
Steps 1 and 2 are completed prior to appointment. Step 3 is completed on a regular and ongoing basis (3-5 years).
A Credentialling Committee, appointed by the relevant health care facility, is responsible for the credentialling of ALL medical practitioners. It 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, make new appointments, urgent appointments, and approve temporary appointments for disaster and emergency situations. The Credentialling Committee also approves clinical academics. The Committee may also change the scope of clinical practice, and reduce, suspend or terminate a practitioner’s practice.
A medical practitioner may appeal the Credentialling Committee’s decision. In such cases, an appeals committee that is independent of the Credentialling Committee is formed to consider the appeal, and consists of a range of representative medical practitioners and an independent chairman.
Implementation of the policy
Performance against this policy will be measured as a part of the Area Health Service reporting on Clinical Governance under the following two key imperatives:
Dr Neale Fong
This circular last updated: Monday, 19 February 2007 at 1:56pm