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02/03/2015

Needlestick injuries

Needlestick injuries

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Needlestick injuries can be classified as any piercing wound caused by a hypodermic needle, or by other sharp instruments or objects such as scalpels, mounted needles, broken glassware, etc. This factsheet sets out the main concerns for healthcare professionals and what to do when needlestick injuries happen.

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30/01/2015

Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Advance decisions

Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Advance decisions

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An advance decision (“living will”) to refuse future medical treatment – should the patient then lack capacity – can be made by a person who is over 18 and who has capacity. This factsheet gives further information about advance decisions.

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Factsheet 14/01/2015

Confidentiality - General principles - England

Confidentiality - General principles - England

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Confidentiality is at the centre of maintaining trust between patients and doctors. As a doctor, you have access to sensitive personal information about patients and you have a legal and ethical duty to keep this information confidential, unless the patient consents to the disclosure, disclosure is required by law or is necessary in the public interest. This factsheet sets out the basic principles of confidentiality.

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Factsheet 01/05/2014

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – Assessments under the Deprivation of Liber...

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – Assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards - England and Wales

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Under the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA DOLS), six assessments have to be successfully conducted before a local authority (supervisory body) can authorise the deprivation of an individual’s liberty in a hospital or a care home.

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Articles and features 01/04/2013

Ask the expert

Ask the expert

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Some years ago we teamed up with the UK’s leading provider of workplace advice to provide the Croner helpline to our Practice Xtra members. Louise Barnes, Senior Employment Consultant at Croner, reveals the top five workplace issues.

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Factsheet 04/01/2013

Giving evidence - Scotland

Giving evidence - Scotland

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As a doctor, you may be asked to give evidence in many different types of forums including criminal or civil courts, Fatal Accident Inquiries and employment or mental health tribunals. This factsheet gives further information about what to expect and how to prepare.

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