The RCVS is calling for comment on a draft Performance Protocol, which aims to manage proportionately any justified concerns about the professional performance of vets and registered vet nurses.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is calling for comment on a draft Performance Protocol, which aims to manage, proportionately, any justified concerns about the professional performance of veterinary surgeons and registered veterinary nurses (RVNs).

Draft Performance ProtocolThe RCVS’s Preliminary Investigation and Advisory Committees have been working together to develop the new protocol, which sets out the way the college will address issues of performance that may be deemed a risk to animal health and welfare but, in appropriate cases, without referral to the disciplinary committee (DC).

The draft protocol introduces new measures (including supervision and undertakings) to seek to ensure that vets and RVNs take reasonable steps to address any serious performance concerns.

This will bring the RCVS into line with other professional regulators and enable a tailored and proportionate response to these cases. Also, according to independent legal advice, such an approach is appropriate and necessary for the Royal College to fulfil its regulatory responsibilities.

The college’s current system of offering advice to veterinary surgeons and RVNs will remain for complaints which are closed, because there is no indication of serious professional misconduct.

RCVS president Jerry Davies said: “When veterinary surgeons and registered veterinary nurses are unable to deal with performance-related concerns, it is important that we are able to provide a supportive framework to oversee remedial steps that are designed to address those concerns and encourage professional development. This is best achieved outside a disciplinary committee hearing, if at all possible.”

The approved draft protocol is now open for public consultation, and is available online. All comments should be emailed to advisory manager Simon Wiklund at s.wiklund@rcvs.org.uk by January 13, 2012, with the subject heading: “Performance Protocol”.

 

  • All feedback will be considered by the Preliminary Investigation and Advisory Committees in January 2012, before being submitted to RCVS Council for approval in March.
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