Delegation and record keeping

Delegation and record keeping - make sure you understand your responsibility and liability.

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Published: Autumn 2016

For this issue I am going to concentrate on some of the issues that have arisen from the unprecedented and tragic case of R v Honey Rose. These are delegation and record keeping.

Delegation

During our day in practice we all delegate some things. This may be administrative tasks such as recording (and checking) the patient’s name and address on the GOS forms (if applicable) or posting referral letters. However, many of us also delegate more clinical tasks such as fundus photography or visual field testing.

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