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MPS identifies top risks in general practice

MPS has identified the top ten risks in general practice, based on data collected from more than 120 general practices in the UK and Ireland as part of MPS Clinical Risk Self Assessments.

As technology is transforming the lives of many GPs and patients, from text appointment reminders to patients, to self check-in at practices, it is also becoming a risk area.

Julie Price, clinical risk programme manager at MPS, says: “In reviewing the top risks for 2012, issues around communication, confidentiality and prescribing were still the most pressing, but we also noticed a growing theme where technology was contributing to the risks in these areas.

“It’s great to see that practices and patients are embracing technology as a way of gaining greater convenience and flexibility, however in the hurry to become digitally-savvy, it is important that they manage the associated risks.”

MPS recently conducted its 1000th CRSA at Dr Fletcher & Partners GP Practice in Ripon, North Yorkshire, UK (pictured). Click here for further information.

Reporting unsafe drivers

Ireland’s first Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines from the RCPI set out a doctor’s ethical – and potentially legal – obligation to advise patients when their illness or injury may affect their ability to drive safely. www.rcpi.ie

Events

Throughout 2013, MPS is involved in a wide range of events and conferences across Ireland.

  • We attended the ICGP’s AGM on 11 May, at the Radisson Hotel, Galway. 
     
  • MPS will be present at the ICGP Summer School at the Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny from Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 June. MPS clinical risk programme manager Julie Price will be running two sessions on prescribing and medical records.
     
  • On Thursday 12 September, MPS will be hosting its second General Practice Conference: Spotlight on Risk, at the Irish Management Institute in Dublin. Focusing on the top risks in general practice, topics will include the patient experience, CPD, and how MPS manages claims. Last year’s event sold out, so register early to secure your place
      
  • MPS will be on site at the Distance Learning Educational Workshops with the ICGP at the IMI in Sandyford from 27 to 28 September.
     
  • We will be attending the National Primary Care Conference 2013 at Newbridge Primary Care Centre on Wednesday 13 November. 
     
  • Don’t forget that MPS runs a series of Mastering workshops free of charge as a benefit of membership, on topics including risk, adverse outcomes and difficult interactions with patients. MPS also runs workshops specific to GPs, including Understanding Human Error in General Practice and Medical Records for GPs. 
      
  • New workshop dates have now been released for the second half of the year. Click here for more information and to book your place.

Meet your Regional Membership Co-ordinator: Rachel Lynch

Rachel has worked in the Marketing Department at MPS for more than ten years:

“I regularly visit medical schools and hospitals to talk to members and arrange medicolegal events for some of the professional organisations in Ireland, including the Royal Colleges.

“If you are organising a teaching event, training day or conference, then you can contact me to help arrange sponsorship or a speaker.”

Contact her on 087 2867491 or at Rachel.lynch@mps.org.uk

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