RACGP releases guide to navigating nurse collaborative arrangements

A NEW checklist to guide GPs through collaborative agreements with nurse practitioners has been drawn up by the RACGP.

The draft guide, and accompanying template, highlights potential areas of risk that GPs should manage, advising doctors to make decisions on how often NPs must communicate with them, whether NPs can prescribe on an ongoing or one-off basis, and whether NPs can autonomously initiate x-ray and pathology requests.

It also highlights the importance of communication protocols, claiming these as “the greatest area of risk”.

“It is important to identify your expectations for NP communication, both written and oral, regarding patient consultation occurrence and outcome, investigation ordering and results,” the draft guide states. 

Australian College of Nurse Practitioners president Helen Gosby expressed frustration at the draft guide, arguing that the template would not lead to “two-way”