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Articles and features 27/02/2019

Medical examiners: a new role for England and Wales

Medical examiners: a new role for England and Wales

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From April 2019, the new role of medical examiner will be introduced into the process for investigating the deaths of patients. Dr Ben Lobo, consultant physician, geriatrician and medical examiner, and Dr Ewen Ross, medicolegal consultant at Medical Protection, look at what this means for you

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Articles and features 14/02/2019

How to fall back in love with your medical career

How to fall back in love with your medical career

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Working in medicine has its ups and downs, so it’s important to do the things that help you stay happy at work.

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Articles and features 08/02/2019

Learning from cases - Anaesthesia

Learning from cases - Anaesthesia

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Dr John Jolly, head of member risk education, and Dr Heidi Mounsey, medical claims adviser, look at the reasons behind medicolegal cases reported to us at Medical Protection.

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Press release 23/01/2019

Response to GMC consultation on decision making and consent

Response to GMC consultation on decision making and consent

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Medical Protection has welcomed proposals by the GMC to update their guidance on Decision making and consent. Read more here.

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Articles and features 07/01/2019

When patients miss appointments – should DNA mean Does Need Appointment?

When patients miss appointments – should DNA mean Does Need Appointment?

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When patients fail to attend an appointment, it can be hugely frustrating for a number of reasons. It is also very costly, according to recent NHS England data that suggests up to 15 million general practice appointments are being wasted each year – at an estimated cost to the NHS of £216 million.

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Articles and features 31/12/2018

Surviving medical school: Communication

Surviving medical school: Communication

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Good doctors are good communicators – it’s that simple. This article examines how building your communication skills at medical school will stand you in good stead as a doctor.

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Articles and features 20/12/2018

12 record keeping tips

12 record keeping tips

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We have made a list of the things to remember when it comes to making and retaining good patient records.

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Factsheet 19/12/2018

Removing patients from the practice list

Removing patients from the practice list

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Removing patients from the practice list is an emotive issue and should only be used as a last resort. The reasons for removing a patient from the list can be varied, but it should not be in response to patients lodging a complaint or failing to comply with treatment.

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Factsheet 19/12/2018

Record-keeping

Record-keeping

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Good medical records – whether electronic or handwritten – are essential for the continuity of care of your patients. Adequate medical records enable you or somebody else to reconstruct the essential parts of each patient contact without reference to memory. They should therefore be comprehensive enough to allow a colleague to carry on where you left off.

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Factsheet 19/12/2018

NHS Complaints Procedure - Wales

NHS Complaints Procedure - Wales

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The regulations on NHS complaints in Wales are designed to make complaints handling open and accountable, fair and proportionate, and patient-focused. The emphasis is on resolving concerns in a timely fashion, openly and honestly, and a philosophy of “investigate once, investigate well”.

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Factsheet 07/12/2018

Chaperones

Chaperones

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The medical consultation is a challenge to both doctor and patient, whether in the community or in hospital. The need for more detailed discussions with patients, along with their increasing autonomy and right to make choices in relation to their clinical care and treatment, has affected the traditional role of the doctor-patient relationship. This has made maintaining appropriate professional boundaries in the doctor-patient consultation more challenging, however, the guidance from national and regulatory bodies is clear that it is always the health professional's responsibility to do so.

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News and updates 27/11/2018

The importance of professional protection

The importance of professional protection

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Click to read through the reasons why retaining professional protection for help with these challenges is so important.

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