formal exclusionThe official exclusion (“suspension”) of a doctor or other health professional from an NHS workplace which is justified—per the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS)—where there is a need to protect patient or staff interests pending the full investigation of:
• Allegations of misconduct;
• Concerns about serious dysfunction in the operation of clinical services;
• Concerns about lack of capability or poor performance; or
• Where the practitioner’s presence is likely to hinder ongoing investigations.
Requirements of Formal Exclusion
• A preliminary report has been prepared by the Case Investigator, which confirms there is misconduct/capability concern or further investigation is warranted;
• The Case Manager, if possible, provisionally assesses whether there is a case to answer;
• A meeting has been held with the practitioner in accordance with paragraph 7.4; and
• The NCAS has been consulted.