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Accreditation of Training Posts

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Accreditation of Training Posts
Approval Date: November 2016
Review Date: November 2019
Review By: Education and Training Committee


1. Purpose

College’s accreditation of the Training Post is a requirement for the Candidate to continue with training towards Fellowship. The Training Organisation will complete Application for RACMA Accreditation of Training Post documentation and submit to the College for review and if found suitable for subsequent site-visit.

RACMA Candidates who move into another position, rotate or change training posts are required to notify the College. The new posts will require accreditation unless it has been provided accreditation before and the duration of the accreditation has not yet expired.

The Regulation sets compliance requirements, standards and continuing obligations for the health setting of the training posts and the College that must be met for the RACMA accreditation of training posts.

2. Scope

The College accredits all training posts within health service organisations for the purpose of training in the RACMA Fellowship Training Program.

3. Policy

Candidates seeking entry to the RACMA Fellowship Training Program must be in a College accredited training post in medical management to be able to commence and continue their training towards Fellowship.

Accreditation of training posts is subject to the review of the Accreditation Review Panel and the College site-visit panel that assesses the post’s suitability for training with RACMA.

Granting of accreditation by the College (or re-accreditation) will be subject to the training post in a health setting being/having the following:

Compliance requirements and stakeholder responsibilities are outlined below.

The College standards are in accordance with the AMC Implementation of Standards for Assessment and Accreditation of Specialist Medical Programs and Professional Development Programs 2016 section 8.2.

4. Definitions

5. Responsibilities

The process of accreditation requires key stakeholders to fulfil a set of obligations and responsibilities as per following:

For a more detailed outline of the stakeholder responsibilities please see Appendix 3.

6. Procedure

For a more detailed outline of process and procedures please refer to Appendix 2 below.

7. Accreditation Outcomes

Outlined below are the RACMA accreditation outcomes and processes with the set of obligations and responsibilities for the College, training settings and individuals involved in the process of accreditation, as per following:

There are 4 outcomes of the College’s accreditation process:

  1. Provisional Accreditation
  2. Full Accreditation
  3. Accreditation with Recommendations – this outcome has 3 review process over a 6 month period to confirm recommendations are being implemented
  4. Withdrawn Accreditation – the key reasons behind the College’s decision for withdrawing accreditation are:
    • The training post’s failure to meet the minimum requirements for accreditation
    • Recommendations made by the panel post the site-visit have not been met in the timeframe specified by the Panel, or no demonstrated improvement had been made
    • A report by the Panel with an unsatisfactory result and outcome following the site visit of the training post
    • Insufficient or lack of consistent, stable and appropriate supervision or medical management structure to support the training post for the FTP

These outcomes of accreditation are described in more detail in the Appendices 1 and 4.

8. Reconsideration, Review and Appeals Process 

The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) is committed to providing advice to its membership and other individuals and organisations about those of its decisions which are able to be reconsidered, reviewed, and formally appealed under established mechanisms.

It is intended that these processes enable the College and those who have been subject to a decision which they consider unsatisfactory, to embark upon a defined pathway to enable resolution. The College currently has an established appeals process, which involves the appointment of an Appeals Committee. This provides a very structured, formal approach to conflict resolution.

The Policy for Reconsideration, Review and Appeal against decisions made by College committees and officers can be downloaded from the College website.

9. Privacy

It may be necessary for RACMA to collect personal information from Candidates or about Candidate’s health when application for Accreditation of training post is submitted to the College. In accordance with the Privacy Act 198 (Cth) (Australia) and the privacy Act 1993 (NZ), and the RACMA Privacy Policy, the College will not disclose personal information about the Candidate except for the purpose authorised by this policy in the review of the accreditation of training posts.

10. Appendices

Appendix 1: Outline of Accreditation Outcomes
Appendix 2: Definitions of Reviews for Positions
Appendix 3: Guidelines
Appendix 4: Processes

11. Related Documents

Application for RACMA Accreditation of a Training Post
RACMA Accreditation of Training Post Site Visit Report Template
RACMA Accreditation Risk Assessment Framework
Policy for Supervised Practice
Supervisor Manual
Supervisor Position Description
Preceptor Position Description
Jurisdictional Coordinator of Training Position Description
Privacy Policy
Policy for Reconsideration, Review and Appeal against decisions made by College committees and officers
Implementation of Standards for Assessment and Accreditation of Specialist Medical Programs and Professional Development Programs 2016.
RACMA Medical Leadership and Management Curriculum
College Handbook
RACMA Constitution (as amended 2016)

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