Regulations Governing Clinical Outside Practice for Staff of the School of Chinese Medicine
Regulation Governing Clinical Outside Practice for
1. It is the expectation of the University that all full-time staff members will devote their full attention to the service of the University and discharge their duties diligently and faithfully. In the consideration of undertaking any kind of outside practice (whether paid or unpaid), it is expected that staff should give due consideration to the following general principles:
Clinical Outside Practice
2. "Clinical outside practice" refers to consultation provided by staff of the School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) outside of the regular teaching, research and clinical instruction work of the University. Staff of SCM may apply for approval from the Dean of SCM to undertake clinical outside practice which meet the general principles described above, and in accordance with the pertinent regulations. In view of the fact that clinical outside practice could potentially cause conflict of interest with the clinical services already provided by the University to the public, it is expected that such approval will only be granted under exceptional circumstances.
3. The University's prevailing regulations restrict the time to be spent by staff on approved outside practice conducted outside normal working hours to be not more than 1/5 of the full-time workload (i.e. not more than 8 hours per week). This also applies to clinical outside practice.
4. Under the existing policy of the Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, staff requiring an employment visa to work in Hong Kong are NOT allowed to practise as consulting Chinese medicine practitioners except in relation to his/her teaching, research and clinical duties at the University. These staff members are reminded that they cannot undertake "clinical outside practice" in Hong Kong other than the clinical duties assigned by the University.
Special Sessions of Clinical Practice
5. In view of the fact that some staff members who are specialists in certain areas could be very much sought after by patients in Hong Kong and that the number of such patients seeking consultation from these staff members may be so great that it cannot be accommodated within the regular clinical sessions already assigned in the University operated Chinese medicine clinics, subject to the approval of the Dean of SCM, special sessions of clinical practice may be arranged by the School.
6. These special sessions will be conducted at the University premises and patients should be channelled and registered through the SCM Secretariat. A standard consultation fee will be charged and all payments should be made to the University in the first instance.
7. To avoid abuse and to ensure that the income derived from "clinical outside practice" or "special sessions of clinical practice" would not constitute a significant source of income for the staff member concerned in comparison with those derived from his/her full-time employment with the University, the income derived from both practice is subject to income-sharing between the University and the staff concerned as follows:
a. for regular teaching staff of SCM, there will be a 40% levy on the earnings, of which 3/4 will be given to SCM and 1/4 to the University central; and
b. for visiting staff of SCM, there will be a 15% levy on earnings, of which 3/4 will be given to SCM and 1/4 to the University central.
8. For staff undertaking clinical outside practice, they should forward a cheque payable to the "Hong Kong Baptist University" of the amount to be shared with the University from income derived from undertaking clinical outside practice in accordance with paragraph 7(a) or (b) above, on a monthly basis.
9. In the case of special sessions of clinical practice, all payments by the clients shall be made in the form of a cheque payable to Hong Kong Baptist University and be forwarded to the SCM Secretariat for bank-in arrangements. After receipt of the payments by the clients, the Finance Office will arrange to credit the 60% or 85% earnings, as appropriate, back to the bank account of the staff concerned on a monthly basis.
10. Staff undertaking "clinical outside practice" outside of their normal teaching, research and clinical duties at the University are reminded that they are undertaking these practices on a personal basis and will NOT be covered by the University's insurance arrangement when undertaking these outside practices.