Nurses taking on junior doctors'work : a confusion of accountability.
The number of hospital based posts in which nurses take over clinical work previously done by junior doctors is growing.
Accountability for the scope of such new roles and the standards of practice which apply to them are still unclear.
When analysed together and compared, the regulations arising from the professional bodies (GMC and UKCC), civil low concerning certain wrongs to patients, and employment low are sometimes contradictory and hard to interpret.
The resulting uncertainties about appropriate management for clinical roles evolving between the professions, coupled with an increasingly litigious public, put the nurses and consultants involved at risk of complaints and of disciplinary and legal action.
Drawing on our current research into changing clinical roles at the medical-nursing interface, we suggest strategies to reduce risk.
Doctors and nurses should be equal partners in planning and managing these new posts, patients should be informed adequately about the nature of the postholder's role and training, significant changes in the work of such postholders should be formally acknowledged by the employer and relevant insurers, individuals taking up new roles should have access to legal advice and support to cover legal risk, and national regulatory bodies need to work together to harmonise their codes of practice in relation to changing clinical roles between the professions.
Mots-clés Pascal : Formation professionnelle, Infirmier, Médecin, Hôpital, Grande Bretagne, Système santé, Homme, Royaume Uni, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Occupational training, Nurse, Physician, Hospital, Great Britain, Health system, Human, United Kingdom, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0258687
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 199608.