Accountability and Delegation
As a nurse you have a legal responsibility to ensure that you are providing safe and competent care to any patient. All nurses should have an up to date registration with the NMC and should work within their level of competency and their contract. The trained nurse, GP or another qualified professional may delegate a task/role to other colleagues including HCA's but should ensure, if delegation takes place, that:-
- the person who has been delegated a task has received appropriate training and can provide evidence of competency
- are supervised
- has appropriate indemnification
- receives regular training/updates and support
- has an up-to-date job description
Registered nurses have a duty of care and a legal liability to their patients. When delegating an activity, for example to an HCA or AP (Assistant Practitioner), they must ensure that it has been appropriately delegated.