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Credentialing and Scope of Clinical Practice

The Rural and Remote Clinical Support Unit (RRCSU) Credentialing and Scope of Clinical Practice team processes credentialing and scope of clinical practice (SoCP) applications for:

  • Medical Practitioners and Dentists working in the 4 rural and remote Hospital and Health Services (HHS) - Torres and Cape, Central West, North West and South West
  • General Practitioners working in Primary Care with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS)
  • Senior Relieving General Practitioners engaged by Queensland Country Practice (QCP)
  • Senior Medical Officers for the Flying Specialist Service (FSS) which covers South West, Central West, Darling Downs and Central Queensland HHSs
  • Nurse Practitioners working in the 4 rural and remote HHSs - Torres and Cape, Central West, North West and South West
  • Endorsed Midwives (in development)

The relevant Credentialing Committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding SoCP to the relevant Health Service Chief Executive.

  • The Chief Executive of Torres and Cape HHS has delegation to approve Statewide SoCP for RFDS and QCP (Medical).
  • The Chief Executive of South West HHS has delegation to approve the applicable HHS SoCP for the FSS (Medical)

The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS), Second Edition 2017, set out the standards for health service provision. Standard 1 - Clinical Governance items 1.23 and 1.24 relates to credentialing and scope of clinical practice.

Health Service Directive (HSD) for Credentialing and defining the scope of clinical practice (QH-HSD-034:2014, 2017 version) outlines the mandatory requirements for all health professional streams including medical practitioners and dentists, registered nurses and midwives (including nurse practitioners and endorsed midwives). The 4 HHSs align their credentialing policies and procedures to the HSD.

All four (4) HHSs follow the principles outlined in the Department of Health Guideline - Credentialing and defining the scope of clinical practice for medical practitioners and dentists: a best practice guideline (QH-GDL-390-1-1: 2017) as the overarching policy and process document used to support and guide the Credentialing process.

The RRCSU Credentialing team is available for support and advice on all aspects of the Credentialing and SoCP process. Contact us

The RRCSU convenes the monthly Rural and Remote Credentialing Officers Network Group (RRCONG).  The purpose of this group is to provide regular updates and information sharing between RRCSU and the team members responsible for credentialing and SoCP in the four (4) HHSs.

Last updated: 3 October 2017