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NHS England has launched two pieces of guidance to help GP practices and PCNs improve their management of their growing multidisciplinary teams.
One is an induction checklist template for primary care organisations to use as new frontline staff join their teams. And the second is guidance on how practices and PCNs can provide effective supervision in multidisciplinary teams.
Both documents, which were released last month, aim to help employers and practices as they hire team members into roles that are new to general practice, such as GP assistants, social prescribing link workers, health and wellbeing coaches, podiatrists and occupational therapists.
The example induction checklist, which is optional and can be tailored as required, provides a comprehensive set of steps that will ensure employers give the right support to new staff, enabling them to ‘integrate and gain confidence in their new roles’.
The second piece of guidance sets out the principles of supervision for roles new to general practice. It identifies best practice on developing good clinical governance; addresses what supervision is and describes its benefits; sets out what the expectations are from the CQC; and offers tips on how to get the most out of clinical supervision sessions.
For each role in the multidisciplinary team, the guidance also sets out the recommended minimum frequency of supervision meetings and who can provide this supervision. For example, it suggests a general practice assistant should have monthly supervision with a registered nurse, senior clinician/professional including advanced practitioner or GP.
NHS England describes the document as ‘a supporting resource.’
‘It should not be considered as contractual guidance or be used as a lever for contractual enforcement,’ it says.
And ‘it should be read in conjunction with the Network Contract DES.’
This article also appeared on our sister title, Management in Practice.