Vets are being asked whether referral practices should have a distinctive grade for the Practice Standards Scheme (PSS).

Vets are being asked whether referral practices should have a distinctive grade for the Practice Standards Scheme (PSS).

Jill Nute, chairman of the RCVS Practice Standards Group (PSG), said last year’s completion of a five-year review of the PSS meant it was time to consider how the scheme would develop.

She explained: “About four years ago, we carried out a survey of specialists to gather views on whether there should be a ‘referral practice’ category. At that time, opinion was divided and we opted to focus on the existing categories until the scheme was well bedded in.

“In the light of experience of the scheme so far, the time is now right to consider this again. We have asked PSG representatives to consult with their own members to see if it is appropriate to accommodate this group of practices in the scheme.”

The BSAVA has launched a consultation to its membership on how a proposed new standard for referral and specialist practices might work.
The consultation asks:

* what qualifications staff might need for a referral practice – or individual – to be accredited;
* whether clinical audit figures should be mandatory; and
* whether discipline-specific tiers could be created – for example, a veterinary hospital (orthopaedic) tier.

Visit www.bsava.com for details of the PSS consultation. Comments should be emailed to companion@bsava.com by September 27.

For more on this story, see Veterinary Times 40.27.

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