direct clinical care

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direct clinical care

A UK term of art for direct patient contact and/or management, which corresponds to a block of activity (session) for calculating a job’s type of work. DCC is work directly related to preventing, diagnosing or treating illness, including emergency work carried out during or arising from on-call work.

DCC activities
Ward rounds, clinical advice by phone or in person, outpatient activities, clinical diagnostic work, public health duties, infection control work, autopsies and multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings.

Administrative work relating to these activities
Reviewing and approving reports, reviewing slides, preparing for MDT meetings, writing and answering clinically related emails and letters, and following-up problems arising from MDT meetings.
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