Transitional Governance Arrangements

All stakeholders are advised that ACT Health will amend regulations, develop policy and design the governance infrastructure to support employers establish local clinical governance arrangements for nurse practitioner led services.

To minimise the existing governance burden on nurse practitioners, employers and other stakeholders, the following transitional arrangements are confirmed.

Nurse practitioners

Nurse practitioners with clinical practice guidelines endorsed by ACT Health are granted an extension of time for cyclic review and resubmission until advised.

Nurse practitioners without ACT Health endorsed clinical practice guidelines are asked to contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office for advice.

Employers

Public Health Sector Employers

Public sector employers of nurse practitioners will be required to develop and/or revise service related clinical practice guidelines articulating the scope of practice for safe, quality nurse led care provision in accordance with ACT Health policy, and the ACSQHC credentialing guidelines (2015) and the NPS competency standards (2012).

Private Health Sector Employers

Private sector employers are encouraged to develop and/or revise service related clinical practice guidelines articulating the scope of practice required for safe quality nurse led care provision in accordance with the ACSQHC credentialing guidelines (2015) and the NPS competency standards (2012).

The credentialing guidelines and competency standards can be accessed here:

  1. ACSQHC credentialing health practitioners and defining their scope of clinical practice – A guide for managers and practitioners (2015)
  2. NPS competencies required to prescribe medicines (2012)
     

Further information:

Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
Email: NMO@act.gov.au
Phone: 6174 7058