A new scheme is set to come into effect on April 1st that will provide nurses working in GP surgeries in England with better insurance.
The Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice operated by NHS Resolution will include all nursing staff at NHS GP services, including practice nurses, locums, self-employed workers and trainees.
It will also extend to nurses working in out-of-hours services, walk-in centres and prison primary care service.
Staff do not need to register for the scheme or make any payments to receive the indemnity cover, which will provide insurance for clinical negligence liabilities arising from an act or omission to act by someone offering GP services.
Areas covered by the new scheme must be related to diagnosis, care or treatment and results in personal injury or loss to the patient.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has welcomed the decision for such insurance to be brought in across the board.
Roz Hooper, head of legal services (regulatory) at RCN, said: “The introduction of the Department of Health’s new indemnity scheme is a very welcome development and something we’ve been calling for, for some time.
“Crucially, it means that our members providing GP services to NHS patients can now be sure that they have appropriate indemnity cover.
“Over the years, the RCN has had to support members working in GP practices whose employers have made mistakes about their indemnity cover, sometimes unintentionally leaving nursing staff out of indemnity packages altogether.”
She highlighted that this can cause great anxiety for nursing staff, who can now work in confidence knowing the right cover is in place for their role.
An NHS Resolution website has been set up to allow nurses to check that they are covered and answer any questions they may have about the scheme.
Written by James Puckle
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