Secondary Practitioner

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We have numerous situations each week where two practitioners will be booked into a single client appointment (see examples below). It would be useful to be able to add a secondary practitioner to an appointment. The primary practitioner would still be used as the one that the appointment is attributed to/billed against however the appointment would appear in both the primary and secondary practitioners calendars (and when the appointment changed would be changed on both calendars/ cancellations notified to both practitioners etc).

Example Situations that occur regularly in our setting
1) new practitioner is 'sitting in' an established practitioners appointment as part of training in how to conduct particular services
2) an additional practitioner is needed in the appointment to conduct particular treatments
3) a supervising practitioner needs to observe the appointment
4) a joint handover session is being held

Using a 'fake' patient named meeting, this feature could also be used as a place holder for regular meetings between two practitioners.

Currently we have a lot of related casual appointments that mimic info from the real appointment but it is a cumbersome, error prone approach.

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Timothy, Business Care Manager

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Hi Heidi. Thank you for you the level of detail in your post, this is what we like to see! We're happy to monitor the community interest in this idea :)
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Additional example: Would also be applicable to group appointments where in nearly all circumstances we have more than one practitioner assigned.
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Hari Conidaris

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we use two practitioners in a single appointment quite regularly. In addition to them as individual practitioners, we have created a third practitioner, which represents them combined. This is less than ideal, but works, and we find it more workable than using casual appointments. Totally support a change as outlined above by Heidi
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We have this situation as well, each assessment needs a clinician to work with the child and one to work with the parent (but the parent is not a separate client). The appointment needs to therefore appear in both clinicians appointment books.