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Collegial relationships

Collegial relationships are a component of recertification for general registrants, doctors working outside of their vocational scope of practice, and in select cases doctors limited to non-clinical practice.

Requirements

Council requires general registrants, vocational registrants working outside their vocational scope, and designated doctors who are limited to non-clinical practice, to maintain a collegial relationship with a vocationally registered colleague working in the same or similar scope of practice to that in which the doctor usually works.

Collegial relationship meetings may be conducted face to face or at a distance (for example via teleconference or Skype) but not over email as the meeting must be a mutual discussion.

Doctors are required to have six collegial relationship meetings within their first 12 months of practice and four meetings per annum in subsequent years. Ideally these meetings should occur at regular intervals throughout the year.

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General registrants

Doctors registered in a general scope of practice, and who are not in a vocational training programme, are required to participate in the Inpractice recertification programme administered by bpacnz. The monitoring of collegial relationships for general registrants is managed within the Inpractice programme.

Read more about the Inpractice recertification programme

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Purpose of the collegial relationship

There are several different aspects to the collegial relationship which may have different emphases at different stages in a doctor’s career. They should encompass clinical and non-clinical aspects of professional activities, with the central aspect to actively support a doctor’s ongoing professional development.

The main purpose of the collegial relationship is to ensure that the doctor’s professional development plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities are appropriate for the area of medicine they are working in.

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Collegial relationship meeting guidance

The guidance document below provides some prompts for guiding discussion in collegial relationship meetings. 

Download Collegial relationship guide 
A record should be kept of every collegial relationship meeting. The collegial relationship meeting record below can help guide discussions and be used to note down the outcomes of meetings. 
Download CPD2 Collegial relationship meeting record 
For more information on reviewing and developing a PDP refer to the PDP review and development guide.
Download PDP review and development guide

Download Collegial relationship guide

A record should be kept of every collegial relationship meeting. The collegial relationship meeting record below can help guide discussions and be used to note down the outcomes of meetings.

Download CPD2 Collegial relationship meeting record 

For more information on reviewing and developing a PDP refer to the PDP review and development guide.

Download PDP review and development guide

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Collegial relationship forms

For doctors enrolled in the Inpractice recertification programme, contact bpacnz.

For all other doctors requiring a collegial relationship please use the forms below:

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Search for a suitable colleague

Use the Online Register Search facility to find an appropriate ‘colleague’ who works in your area.

Online register search

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