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Standards are to be toughened

accreditation

GPSIs face having to do as many as 50 clinical sessions with

consultants under tough new accreditation guidelines, Pulse can reveal.

The recommendation comes in new guidance on dermatology GPSIs, which will apply alongside upcoming national accreditation. It signals a powerful sharpening of standards.

The details emerged as Pulse's investigation revealed as many as 43 per cent of primary care organisations currently have no formal system of accreditation for GPSIs.

A survey of 42 PCOs also found only a quarter set out a requirement for formal qualifications among GPSIs.

But the new plans are set to affect only new GPSIs, raising fears that a two-tier system could emerge. Existing GPSIs are likely to be reassessed 'in the next year or so'.

Dr Paul Charlson, a dermatology GPSI in Brough, East Yorkshire, and negotiator on the dermatology guidance, said new GPSIs would be expected to work jointly with consultants 'at least some of the time' after completing clinics.

Dr Chris Manning, chief executive of Primary Care Mental Health and Education, runs an accreditation course for GPSIs in mental health and said the new national accreditation would be 'very robust'.

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