Guidance for using the certificate


07 / 5 / 2013 10.01am

The certificate is intended to be used as evidence of an individual consultant's current fitness for short-term honorary practice. 

  • Not all consultants will want or need a certificate. It is suggested that a consultant is invited to request a certificate during their appraisal.

  • The certificate is valid for fifteen months from the date of issue and should be replaced annually at appraisal.

  • A copy of the completed current certificate should be kept on a consultant's HR record for ease of reference. This should be held electronically so that it can be accessed at short notice.

  • Each hosting organisation should agree in advance a nominated person, usually the medical director or their deputy. This person is responsible for accepting the certificate and agreeing to the visiting consultant's participation, having assessed the degree of risk.

  • A copy of the certificate should be made for the hosting organisation’s records, and a short record of attendance form should also be completed.

  • The visiting consultant should be made aware of relevant local safety procedures and patent protocols. In these circumstances the consultant would be acting within the organisational governance arrangements in the hosting organisation.

  • Activity carried out by a visiting consultant should be subject to the organisation’s audit processes.

  • The host organisation will accept liability for the visiting consultant's actions arising out of and in the course of the short-term, ad hoc or urgent activity.  Any clinical negligence liabilities will be covered by the host organisation’s membership of the clinical negligence scheme for trusts (CNST).

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