Duty of Care and Investigative Audit
According to the Royal College of Pathologists, Pathology Departments have a duty of care to those patients whose treatment or clinical management may need to be changed in the light of revised opinions arising from a review of a pathologist’s or team’s work.’
Investigative Audit and Duty of Care reviews are complex and time consuming, so it is important to ensure they are entered into at the appropriate time and are properly conducted.
Source Bioscience’s Duty of Care and Investigative Audit Service provides a confidential, efficient, independent and swift means of undertaking reviews using our panel of specialist Pathologists.
Principles of an Investigative Audit
An Investigative Audit scrutinises a sample of cases to establish if there are valid concerns about the performance of an individual pathologist. In the specific instance of cellular pathology, cases should be re-reported and any discrepancies or errors identified should be classified according to The Royal College of Pathologists’ system of categorisation. An Investigative Audit differs from a Duty of Care review and has different outcomes; they should not be confused. A Duty of Care review is a systematic review of individual patient cases to ensure that the patient has received the correct or optimal care.
Principles of a duty of care review
The principal aim of a Duty of Care review is to detect and prevent possible harm to patients. Normally, a Duty of Care review should only be conducted when concerns or allegations about the performance of an individual pathologist or team have been substantiated, for example by an Investigative Audit.
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