An alert notice is a way for an NHS employer to make other bodies aware that a healthcare professional may pose a threat to patients or staff.
NHS England has written to NHS Trust Medical Directors and Area Team Medical Directors setting out interim arrangements for issuing Healthcare Professional Alert Notices.
In the letter, the Secretary of State has directed the National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHSLA) to operate the Healthcare Professional Alert Notices (HPAN) system from 1 April 2013. NHS organisations who wish to request the issue of an Alert Notice should notify the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS), part of the NHSLA, at email@example.com, or telephone 020 7972 2999.
Notifications can also be sent to NCAS at Skipton House, 80 London Road, London SE1 6LH, addressed either to Professor Pauline McAvoy, Interim Medical Director and Associate Director of Assessment, in the case of medical practitioners; or to Claire McLaughlan, Associate Director, Case Management, for all other practitioners.
NCAS has drawn up two protocols governing the process: