Approved and Responsible Clinicians?

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Approved and Responsible Clinicians?

Postby sparkling » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:10 pm

Hi everyone

I was wondering if someone could help shed some light on the reality of the roles of ACs and RCs in terms of CPs? Do CPs actually get these roles day to day and if so how is it impacting on their workload? I'm afraid I don't know much about the roles and am curious to find out how the change in law has really affected CPs today.

Many thanks!
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Re: Approved and Responsible Clinicians?

Postby lakeland » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:22 am


I know a little bit about this. The uptake nationally hasn't been great - my experience is that it's because there is still quite a bit of resistance from medical colleagues about non-medics taking these roles. There's also a real problem with payment - some Trusts have negotiated extra sessional payments for AC / RC duties but others haven't been able to do this. I think the extra responsibility without the extra pay will put people off.

My feeling is that it's a good thing for CPs to be able to do, and is an extra skill set to draw upon and bargain with when posts are under threat - however the counter to that is that there may then be an expectation for consultant CPs to do RC duties on top of their day job. I think a lot of people may rightly have objections to this becoming a part of the role they haven't opted for.

Hope this helps.
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