No Health Care Professional shall perform any clinical services unless he has such clinical experience and training as are necessary to enable him properly to perform such services.
Before employing or engaging any person to assist it in the provision of the Services under the Contract, the Contractor shall take reasonable care to satisfy itself that the person in question is both suitably qualified and competent to discharge the duties for which he is to be employed or engaged.
When considering the competence and suitability of any person for the purpose of Clause 7.6, the Contractor shall have regard, in particular, to:
that person’s academic and vocational qualifications;
his education and training; and
his previous employment or work experience.
The Contractor shall ensure that for any Health Care Professional who is:
performing clinical services under the Contract; or
employed or engaged to assist in the performance of such services
there are in place arrangements for the purpose of maintaining and updating his skills and knowledge in relation to the services which he is performing or assisting in performing.
The Contractor shall afford to each employee reasonable opportunities to undertake appropriate training with a view to maintaining that employee’s competence.
Arrangements for GP Registrars17
The Contractor shall only employ a GP Registrar for the purpose of being trained by a GP Trainer and subject to the conditions in Clause 7.11.
16 Clauses 7.8 and 7.9 are required by APMS Direction 5(1)(f)
17 Clauses 7.10 to 7.12 are required by APMS Direction 5(1)(f), although in practice, an OOH provider is unlikely itself to employ a GP Registrar. These clauses would not apply to GP Registrars undertaking placements with the Contractor in order to gain experience in out of hours services. If the Contractor is to offer such placements, PCTs are encouraged to include Clause 7.13.