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Case report 14/08/2018

The challenges of making a challenge

The challenges of making a challenge

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A patient’s solicitor sought disclosure of a GMC expert report after a case had been closed. Medical Protection successfully challenged this, only for the decision to be overturned at appeal. Kirsty Sharp, content editor at Medical Protection, looks at the challenges of making a challenge

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20/12/2017

How to use terms and conditions to recruit healthcare professionals

How to use terms and conditions to recruit healthcare professionals

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Will Haines, Employment Law Consultant at Croner Group, explains how flexibility in terms and conditions can help to recruit professionals to GP organisations. Click here for the video.

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20/12/2017

Resources to help GP organisations keep updated with regulatory changes

Resources to help GP organisations keep updated with regulatory changes

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Julie Price, Head of Risk Management and Education Consultancy, describes the resources available for GP groups to help keep up-to-date with regulatory changes. Click here for the video.

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20/12/2017

How Clinical Risk Self Assessments help GP organisations meet CQC sta...

How Clinical Risk Self Assessments help GP organisations meet CQC standards

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Julie Price, Head of Risk Management and Education Consultancy, discusses the tools available to help GP organisations meet regulatory and legislative standards. Click here for the video.

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19/12/2017

Dr Tracey Vell, Chief Executive, Manchester Local Medical Committee

Dr Tracey Vell, Chief Executive, Manchester Local Medical Committee

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With over 23 years in general practice, Dr Tracey Vell is Chief Executive of Manchester LMC and advises on primary care transformation. Click here for more.

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19/12/2017

Ross Clark, Northern Head of Services, Hempsons Healthcare Solicitors

Ross Clark, Northern Head of Services, Hempsons Healthcare Solicitors

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Ross Clark of Hempsons Healthcare Solicitors has helped establish over 40 GPPOs and advises on the structures available to GPs. Click here for more.

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Blog post 25/08/2017

General confidentiality principles as advised by medical defence orga...

General confidentiality principles as advised by medical defence organisations

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All doctors know that maintaining confidentiality is an important part of building up trust with patients. Here, Dr Stephanie Bown examines the medicolegal aspects of confidentiality

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20/05/2015

Access to medical reports

Access to medical reports

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Doctors may, on occasion, receive a request from a patient’s employer for a medical report to be delivered directly to the HR department, without the patient seeing it. However, before any medical report can be provided, you must be satisfied that the patient has given valid consent to the release of the information. This factsheet looks at the issues surrounding medical reports for employers and other organisations, and offers advice to doctors who are asked to write reports.

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15/05/2015

Communicating with patients by text message

Communicating with patients by text message

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Text messaging allows practices to target and contact hundreds of patients within minutes. Patients can respond by text with replies automatically forwarded to a specified email address. Many practices are signing up to using a text messaging service to inform patients of appointments, flu vaccinations, etc.

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Factsheet 02/02/2015

Access to health records - Scotland

Access to health records - Scotland

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Providing access to medical records is essentially a confidentiality issue; therefore, the starting point is whether or not the patient has consented to disclosure. If not, access should be denied, unless there is some other clear justification for allowing access.

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Factsheet 30/01/2015

Access to health records - Northern Ireland

Access to health records - Northern Ireland

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Providing access to medical records is essentially a confidentiality issue; therefore, the starting point is whether or not the patient has consented to disclosure. If not, access should be denied, unless there is some other clear justification for allowing access.

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Factsheet 22/01/2015

Access to health records

Access to health records

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Patients have a right to request access to their own medical records and can also provide consent for disclosure to third parties. You have a duty to protect the confidential data of your patients under the Data Protection Act (1998) and civil monetary penalties can be imposed for serious contraventions of the act.

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22/01/2015

Safe prescribing

Safe prescribing

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Medication errors account for approximately 20% of all clinical negligence claims against doctors in both primary and secondary care. The costs associated with adverse events and inappropriate prescribing have been estimated at more than £750 million per year. This factsheet gives advice about avoiding prescribing errors.

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Factsheet 14/01/2015

Confidentiality – General principles - Wales

Confidentiality – General principles - Wales

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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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