Nurse practitioner guide released

GPs have been given clearer guidelines for entering into collaborative care agreements with nurse practitioners, but questions remain over the medico-legal ramifications.

The RACGP last week launched its finalised collaboration guide following months of consultation. But while the college hoped the template agreements and advice would provide clearer instructions for GPs, RACGP president Professor Claire Jackson said the guidelines remained a “living document” that would be revised in the future, based on ongoing GP feedback.

Professor Jackson said the college decided after consultation with medical indemnity organisations to focus on the clinical implications of the agreements and leave indemnity advice to each GP’s organisation.

Medical Indemnity Protection Society medico-legal adviser Dr Rob Walters said it remained unclear where the liability of the two parties involved in a collaborative care agreement would lie and there were