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Articles and features 01/07/2022

One size fits all? Conversations with patients on bariatrics

One size fits all? Conversations with patients on bariatrics

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Conversations around a patient’s weight can be challenging if not handled correctly. Sinead Lay, Case Manager at Medical Protection, offers some advice and looks at why the issue is likely to become more commonplace in future.

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Articles and features 01/07/2022

Caring for colleagues during COVID-19 and beyond

Caring for colleagues during COVID-19 and beyond

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The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic have affected the lives of doctors around the world. Dr Stephen Priestley and Dr Sarah Coope, Senior Medical Educators for Medical Protection Risk Prevention, suggest ways to be proactive in optimising the physical and mental wellbeing of individual doctors and their colleagues.

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Articles and features 01/07/2022

What is burnout?

What is burnout?

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Dr Amrita Sen Mukherjee, wellbeing expert and portfolio GP, looks at the causes of burnout and the steps we can take to tackle it.

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Articles and features 01/07/2022

Reinventing record keeping with GPConsult

Reinventing record keeping with GPConsult

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We all know the importance of keeping good records, and now GPConsult.co.uk makes it easier than ever for doctors to make clear, timely patient notes. GP Dr Rima Aboud talks about her experience with record keeping and how this new resource can help.

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Articles and features 23/06/2022

Monkeypox update: informing local authorities of infectious diseases

Monkeypox update: informing local authorities of infectious diseases

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Ceylan Simsek, Medical Case Manager, and Dr Karen Ellison, Medicolegal Consultant, both of Medical Protection, look at the legislation behind your statutory duty to notify.

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Articles and features 21/06/2022

Tax-related pension considerations

Tax-related pension considerations

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Despite the changes in recent years, being a member of the NHS Pension Scheme should still provide you with a secure retirement. These changes require you to work longer than previous generations, but the level of contributions payable for the return is still attractive. This article explains some of the recent pension changes and important pension tax-related matters.

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Articles and features 21/06/2022

The Tax System Explained

The Tax System Explained

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If you’re just starting out in private medicine, you may only have come across the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system, which tends to look after itself. When you’re running a business, you will have additional requirements to register with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), earnings to declare under Self Assessment, and taxes to pay directly to HMRC.

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Case report 20/06/2022

Criminal case dismissed thanks to Medical Protection discretion

Criminal case dismissed thanks to Medical Protection discretion

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A criminal investigation has been dismissed against a Medical Protection member, in a recent case that also underlined the value of our discretionary indemnity.

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Articles and features 17/05/2022

Confronting fears of openness

Confronting fears of openness

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Talking to patients when something goes wrong is a skill that will constantly develop throughout your clinical career. Medical Protection outlines what to do when a patient safety incident occurs.

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Articles and features 09/05/2022

Uncovering product liability pitfalls

Uncovering product liability pitfalls

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Introducing product liability into a clinical negligence claim can add extra intricacy to a case. Medical Protection discusses how this might affect the involved clinician.

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Articles and features 09/05/2022

Conducting private work in the NHS

Conducting private work in the NHS

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Medical Protection outlines how private practice works in conjunction with working in the NHS

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Articles and features 14/04/2022

Trading structure

Trading structure

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When starting in private practice, how you are structured for tax purposes is an extremely important decision. Picking the most appropriate trading structure for your individual circumstances will ensure you are tax efficient and maximise the return on your hard efforts. This article looks at the more common trade structures adopted for private work.

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Articles and features 13/04/2022

Running a business

Running a business

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One of the main factors to consider when you start out in private practice is that you are running a business. It sounds obvious, but with little or no financial training it is easy to fall into the trap of not running your private practice like a business, and this almost always leads to financial loss. The second article in this series looks at the practical steps required to run your private practice as a business.

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Articles and features 07/04/2022

Dealing with media enquiries about your patients

Dealing with media enquiries about your patients

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Not only is it important to be well equipped to deal with the challenges and pitfalls that might arise unexpectedly, but also to be prepared to speak to the press or deal with media enquiries following a patient’s treatment.

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Articles and features 07/04/2022

Risky Business: When patients ignore the risks

Risky Business: When patients ignore the risks

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Dr Gabrielle Pendlebury, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, advises on how best to manage a scenario where a patient doesn’t want to know the risks

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Articles and features 07/04/2022

Consent and alternative treatment options

Consent and alternative treatment options

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High profile cases have put the spotlight on the consent process and clinicians are increasingly aware of the risks; however, Medical Protection data shows a number of claims alleging that a clinician failed to explain alternative treatment options. Dr Emma Green, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at the case law surrounding therapeutic options, GMC guidance on consent, and how these impact on the information provided to patients during the consent process.

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Articles and features 07/04/2022

The eight principles of person-centred care

The eight principles of person-centred care

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Time to refresh yourself on the eight core pillars of person-centred care.

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