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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:-

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.

Useful Links

RCN Web page - Accountability and Delegation

RCN - Accountability and delegation A guide for the nursing team

NMC - The Code. Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates

CQC - Nigel's surgery 57: Health Care Assistants in General Practice






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Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2020 419 views