Credentialling and Scope of Clinical Practice

Credentialling and Scope of Clinical Practice

We empower our clinicians and staff with consistent process and the right tools, so that they can provide safe quality practice to their patients and clients.

This is achieved through a process of credentialling and defining the scope of clinical services that individual health practitioners can deliver.

The Office for Professional Leadership administers the Credentialling and Scope of Clinical Practice (CSCPS) database and is responsible for the associated policies and standards.

Credentialling Process Review

A credentialling process review is currently being undertaken by the Office for Professional Leadership to identify system expectations of the limitations or benefits of the currently used credentialling system: the CSCPS.

Under the auspice of a Steering Committee, and with guidance from an User Group, internal and external consultation is currently underway.

A Credentialling Survey was available between Monday 25 March and Wednesday 10 April 2019 to seek stakeholder feedback as part of the review. Following consideration of all feedback received, the Steering Committee and User Group will collaborate, to develop options and an initial preferred solution for consideration, during the next stage of stakeholder consultation.

In the meantime and throughout the review, SA Health’s existing credentialling processes will continue, which involves the ongoing use of the CSCPS.

For more information on the credentialling process review, please read Frequently Asked Questions Credentialling Process Review (PDF 74KB).

What is Credentialling and Scope of Practice?

Credentialling is the process of verifying qualifications, experience and professional attributes for the purpose of forming a view about a health practitioner’s performance and professional suitability to provide safe healthcare services.

Scope of Clinical Practice defines the extent of an individual’s clinical practice within a particular organisation or facility based on their credentials as well as the needs and capability of the organisation to support their requested scope of clinical practice.

Under item 1.10 of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standard 1: Governance for safety and quality in health service organisations, SA Health is required to implement a system that determines and regularly reviews the roles, responsibilities, accountabilities and scope of practice for the clinical workforce.

What policies and standards apply?

The Office for Professional Leadership is responsible for the following policy directives:

How does the CSCPS database work?

Each Local Health Network (LHN) and professional group has a designated committee that oversees the credentialling and scope of practice process.

Approvals are recorded in the CSCPS database, a web-accessible database administered by the Office for Professional Leadership. CSCPS is available for viewing by anyone with an SA Health log-in, from SA Health work stations.

CSCPS can be accessed from SA Health computers by selecting Start > All Programs > Corporate programs > SAH Applications > Credentialling and Scope of Clinical Practice. Anyone with an SA Health HAD login has 'view only' level of access (PDF 332KB), which shows if a health practitioner’s credentials or scope of practice are current or have expired.

If needing to upgrade access or request user guides, staff can enquire about additional access by emailing the CSCPS system administrator at


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