Health Practitioners (Protected Quality Assurance Activity—Royal Australasian College of Physicians Professional Qualities Reflection) Notice 2019

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Health Practitioners (Protected Quality Assurance Activity—Royal Australasian College of Physicians Professional Qualities Reflection) Notice 2019

Pursuant to section 54(3) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, the Minister of Health, being satisfied of the matters set out in that subsection, gives the following notice.

Notice

1 Title

This notice is the Health Practitioners (Protected Quality Assurance Activity—Royal Australasian College of Physicians Professional Qualities Reflection) Notice 2019.

2 Commencement

This notice comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette.

3 Interpretation

In this notice,—

activity means the activity described in clause 4

professional qualities reflection means a report, completed using the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ Professional Qualities Reflection tool, which—

(a)

identifies a significant event; and

(b)

identifies, in relation to that significant event, changes in the specified health practitioner’s approach or behaviour that may influence the quality of care of an individual patient

significant event means an event or series of events that is perceived by the specified health practitioner to be medically or professionally significant

specified health practitioner means a health practitioner who is—

(a)

practising in New Zealand; and

(b)

a trainee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians; and

(c)

participating in the quality assurance activity.

4 Declaration of protected quality assurance activity

The following quality assurance activities are protected to the extent that they are undertaken by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in relation to a specified health practitioner:

(a)

completing a professional qualities reflection that records the development of ideas and insights on the specified health practitioner’s medical professionalism; and

(b)

completing a guided analysis of a significant event or series of significant events as part of the Physician Readiness for Expert Practice programme; and

(c)

meeting with a professional development adviser to receive feedback on the professional qualities reflection; and

(d)

recording that professional qualities reflection in an electronic learning portfolio on a training portal.

Dated at Wellington this 19th day of November 2019.

Hon Jenny Salesa,
for the Minister of Health.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the notice, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This notice comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette. It declares the quality assurance activities described in clause 4 to be protected. Quality assurance activities are activities that are undertaken to improve the practices or competence of health practitioners by assessing the health services performed by those practitioners.

The effect of protecting a quality assurance activity is that—

  • any information that becomes known solely as a result of the activity is confidential; and

  • any documents brought into existence solely for the purposes of the activity are confidential; and

  • the persons who engage in the activity in good faith are immune from civil liability.

The protections afforded by this notice are subject to certain statutory exceptions. For example, this notice does not prohibit the disclosure of information that does not identify, either expressly or by implication, a particular individual.

This notice remains in force for 5 years, unless sooner revoked.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 5 December 2019.

This notice is administered by the Ministry of Health.