NCAS Law

NCAS LawLegal Advice for Doctors Involved with NCAS

The National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS), a division of NHS Resolution (the replacement body for the NHS Litigation Service), assesses doctors that work in the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are perceived to be under-performing at work in some way – by reason of their attitude, incompetence, or ill-health.

Following assessment, recommendations are made by NCAS to the employing NHS body. On occasions, referrals are made to the GMC, where a doctor’s fitness to practise may be impaired, based on the evidence collated by NCAS and the employer.

NCAS details the interventions that they are likely to make, as follows:

  • case conferences and advice on local investigation
  • suspension or exclusion of a doctor
  • health professionals alert notices
  • mediation
  • performance assessment
  • health assessment
  • assessment of behavioural concerns
  • assessment of communicative competence
  • Professional Support and Remediation¬†services
  • team review
  • local review
  • local governance development

(Source: NCAS (2017))

Following assessment, recommendations are made by NCAS to the employing NHS body. On occasions, referrals are made to the GMC, where a doctor’s fitness to practise may be impaired, based on the evidence collated by NCAS and the employer.

Doctors Defence Service advises doctors who are going through the process of an NCAS assessment, as well as at later legal stages (such as employment tribunals, GMC hearings, local committee, PCT, NHS disciplinary proceedings).

Call us on 0800 10 88 739 for more details.

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