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Articles and features 16/03/2022

Great communication skills can lower risk of malpractice

Great communication skills can lower risk of malpractice

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Edward Leigh of The Center for Healthcare Communication argues that good communication with your patients has the potential to lower the chance of malpractice claims - even when mistakes are made.

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Articles and features 16/03/2022

Managing timetable conflicts

Managing timetable conflicts

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Some difficult scenarios can sometimes arise when a clinician works both in the NHS and in a private capacity. Dr Heidi Mounsey, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at one potential scenario and offers some guidance.

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Case report 08/09/2021

Mastering great communication

Mastering great communication

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Ivy Grove Surgery in Derbyshire made the headlines in April with an extensive and honest open letter to their patients. But for the practice partners, it’s only one part of their wider strategy on communicating with patients. Gareth Gillespie, Editor of Practice Matters, spoke to the surgery about what drives their approach.

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Articles and features 04/06/2021

Remote handovers with colleagues: reducing the risks

Remote handovers with colleagues: reducing the risks

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Dr Sarah Coope, Senior Medical Educator at Medical Protection, looks at the gaps in information, misunderstandings and assumptions that can increase the risk of errors, conflict and complaints

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Articles and features 05/02/2021

The Six C's: Common risks for new doctors (and how to avoid them)

The Six C's: Common risks for new doctors (and how to avoid them)

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Clinical records, consent, confidentiality, communication, competence, and prescribing - what medical students and junior doctors need to know about these common medicolegal risk areas and how to avoid them.

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Articles and features 21/01/2021

Surviving Medical School: Social media

Surviving Medical School: Social media

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Essential advice about protecting yourself online. The article looks into cases and GMC guidance around online activity and social media, with key things you need to know as a medical student and junior doctor.

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Articles and features 22/09/2020

COVID-19: when parents refuse to comply with guidance

COVID-19: when parents refuse to comply with guidance

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Medical Protection has received a number of calls from members asking how they should respond to parents of children with COVID-19 symptoms who are openly refusing to comply with government guidance on testing and self-isolation. Dr Clare Devlin, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, provides detailed advice

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Articles and features 04/09/2019

Presumed consent for organ donation: what’s changing where?

Presumed consent for organ donation: what’s changing where?

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In a recent Medical Protection survey almost a third of doctors questioned were not comfortable discussing organ donation with a patient. With different laws across the UK and further changes imminent, this is maybe not surprising

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Articles and features 29/08/2019

Should I report that my patient is unfit to drive?

Should I report that my patient is unfit to drive?

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Medical Protection advice line often receives queries from doctors concerned about patients that are driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Kate Cowan, advisory case manager, shares our advice.

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Articles and features 22/07/2019

Learning from Locums

Learning from Locums

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In this article, medicolegal consultant Dr Rachel Birch talks with Dr Richard Fieldhouse, Chairman of NASGP, about how the experiences of locum GPs have led NASGP to design systems to save practices and locum GPs time, provide information and improve patient care.

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Articles and features 09/07/2019

Team communication within general practice

Team communication within general practice

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Suzanne Creed, clinical risk and education manager at Medical Protection, explores some risk management tips and strategies to improve communication within your team

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Articles and features 17/06/2019

GP dilemma: prescribing valproate

GP dilemma: prescribing valproate

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As a GP, what should you do when a patient already taking a valproate medicine attends for another prescription without meeting specific safety criteria?

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