How to Handle problems in Accreditation

Accreditation problems arise when from either paper record personnel issue. It is important that you recognise the hospital has all rights to accreditation and your ability to practice on hospital grounds sets your legal coverage but also determines your reputation within the hospital environment. Common problems in accreditation are:

  • Operating without being accredited
  • Not being accredited in time
  • Absence of key information
  • Lack of personnel who will vouch for you

To read the basics of accreditation, please visit the previous article

Overcoming this problem with accreditation are really quite easy.

First, ensure that copies of your basic information are available both in print or digital format. It is important as you’ll be asked for these. Commonly, it is not necessary for them to be authorized unless the hospital has a policy for this. So call the Executive Administration office and check. If they request it, it is easy to go to your local police station or find a pharmacist or file a medical practitioner who will enable you to get it notarized.

Ensure that you have at least two references e.g. surgical references prior to commencing your accreditation process. It is important that you’re in the industry that is known by the hospital or have their own standing as surgeons who will vouch for your credibility as a surgical assistant. They are likely to be contacted by phone. It is unnecessary for them to ask a written reference, commonly the hospital have their own paperwork which they will send to the rooms in order to support your application. Their interest as a surgeon is to support your application, not only because it’s a nice thing to do but because your presence as a surgical assistant provides both medical, legal coverage as well as assistance to make the list go faster.

Finally, the other people you can appeal to are the people in the accreditation team themselves. They are often quite helpful and quite knowledgeable of the working of the team.They’re aware of the internal pressures include that your application has to be shown to the chief medical officer or director of the medical services prior to your being permitted to have accreditation on site. If you imagine that these people are incredibly busy and that coordination time, in order to review your application, cannot be done immediately. It is best that you leave, no less than 72 hours for them to actually consider your application. During holiday times, they may not be available, to review your application. Accreditation documentation can be scanned and emailed back to the office, it is best to follow this up with a courtesy phone call to let them know that this documentation has arrived to expedite its review by the medical doctors/ accreditation team. If you have any other questions, particularly with regards to the thought you might find useful in application/job, please see our other articles.


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