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Preparing to employ healthcare professionals in new roles

By: Helen Hartley | Post date: 20/12/2017 | Time to read article: 1 mins

The information within this article was correct at the time of publishing. Last updated 14/11/2018

What should practices or federations do if they employ healthcare professionals in new roles that have not traditionally existed at the practice before, such as pharmacists, physician associates, paramedics, and physiotherapists?

Dr Helen Hartley, Head of Underwriting Operations, discusses the considerations needed when creating new healthcare roles

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When practices are considering employing healthcare professionals in new roles, such as a prescribing nurse, or a pharmacist undertaking medication reviews or a paramedic undertaking home visits, it’s important that the practice considers the exact job description that that role will involve and that the person they’re thinking of employing is appropriately trained and qualified and experienced to take that on. It’s very important for that person’s confidence and for quality patient care that the threshold for seeking support and supervision from the general practitioners is clear to both parties and that that supervision is available when it’s needed. It’s also important that they contact Medical Protection to discuss their indemnity needs  because the new care models are very organic and very locally responsive, each situation is unique and it helps if we can engage at an early stage to discuss the individual practice’s indemnity needs.

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Helen Hartley

Helen Hartley is the head of underwriting operations & deputy head of underwriting policy at Medical Protection. With over 17 years’ NHS hospital medical experience prior to joining us as a medicolegal advisor and then risk consultant, she brings a vast wealth of knowledge to her current role.

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