National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS)
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The NCAS (formerly NCAA) Helps resolve concerns about poorly performing doctors . It looks at three dimensions: performance, behaviour and health. The vast majority of issues fall into a single dimension, and NCAS can resolve them, by giving advice to the line manager, without ever needing to know the name of the individual concerned. Those that require disclosure and ongoing resolution usually fall into 2 or more dimensions.
They assert that their actions have helped prevent avoidable harm to patients (and communities) and career limiting GMC action.
- Department of Health. Maintaining High Professional Standards in the Modern NHS: a framework for the initial handling of concerns about doctors and dentists in the NHS. 2003 (29 December). HSC 2003/012. Gateway reference number 2196. Website last viewed August 2009