Clinical Responsibilities when delegating Roles NHS e-Referral Service

Author:  Lisa Shackleton, SY ICB (provided latest update)

Published Date: July 2023

Date to Review: July 2025

The clinician remains responsible for the clinical consequences whenever they delegate responsibility for referring, accepting, redirecting or rejecting NHS e-referrals to a non-clinician.

 Current General Medical Council (GMC) Good Medical Practice (2013) guidelines state that, where there is any delegation by a clinician regarding the care of a patient, the clinician will still be responsible for the overall management of the patient.