Modern healthcare is delivered by teams. The RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition) (the Standards) describe the requirement that practices, and accreditation agencies, must clearly identify all members of clinical teams.
Whether individual clinicians are considered members of a team or not has important, real-life implications for care quality, the financial cost of accreditation and the associated workload for practices and accreditors.
The RACGP Expert Committee – Standards for General Practices (REC-SGP) previously defined a clinical team for the purposes of accreditation. The REC-SGP also provided practical guidance to help practices and accreditors identify whether individual clinicians are members of the team or not.
Since then, the specialty of general practice continued to evolve rapidly and there are many new and diverse business models. Stakeholder feedback identified challenges with the practical application of the existing definition. It therefore seemed timely for the REC-SGP to review the definition of a clinical team to ensure it remains fit-for-purpose.
The session will describe the processes and outcomes of updating the definition of a clinical team for accreditation purposes; the development of simple criteria to help practices and accreditors reliably identify clinical team members; and the expansion of the related guidance. The session is potentially relevant to anyone involved in general practice accreditation.
- Understand the rationale for revising the definition of a clinical team
- Apply the revised definition, new criteria and extended guidance to reliably and accurately identify all members of a clinical team for the purpose of accreditation
- Reflect on the definition of a clinical team and whether it correlates with the perceptions of patients