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Factsheet 15/05/2015

Making audio and visual recordings of patients - England

Making audio and visual recordings of patients - England

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Making and using audio and visual recordings of patients can benefit medical training, research and treatment. However, it poses risks for doctors regarding consent and confidentiality. In addition, all recordings from which living individuals can be identified constitute personal data and are subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act.

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Factsheet 08/05/2015

Safeguarding children FAQs - England

Safeguarding children FAQs - England

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The GMC states that “doctors play a crucial role in protecting children from abuse and neglect”. Child maltreatment includes neglect and physical, sexual and emotional abuse. The following frequently asked questions are designed to advise MPS members what to do and who to contact, should they suspect children are at risk of, or are experiencing, harm.

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Factsheet 01/02/2015

Medical records - England

Medical records - England

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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 30/01/2015

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – Lasting Powers of Attorney - England and W...

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – Lasting Powers of Attorney - England and Wales

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The Mental Capacity Act (MCA ) creates a new form of power of attorney – Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), which gives another individual the authority to make decisions for an individual who now lacks capacity. This factsheet gives you more information about LPAs.

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Factsheet 30/01/2015

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – Court of Protection and deputies

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – Court of Protection and deputies

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The Mental Capacity Act (the Act) established the Court of Protection, whose role it is to protect individuals who lack capacity and make rulings on difficult decisions about their care and welfare. This factsheet gives you more information about the role of the Court of Protection.

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Factsheet 30/01/2015

Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Advance decisions - England

Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Advance decisions - England

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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 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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Factsheet 03/11/2014

Communicating with patients by fax and email - England

Communicating with patients by fax and email - England

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Electronic communication can provide a useful and alternative point of access for patients. However, you should ensure that, if sensitive information needs to be sent electronically, safeguards are in place to avoid breaching patient confidentiality. This factsheet sets out the potential risks of electronic communication.

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Factsheet 01/08/2014

Consent - Children and young people - England

Consent - Children and young people - England

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Valid consent is just as important when treating children and young people as it is with adults. In some situations children are able to give consent themselves, and sometimes others need to take the decision on their behalf. This factsheet sets out the basic information to enable you to obtain the appropriate consent from children and young people.

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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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Factsheet 01/05/2014

Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Introduction to the Deprivation of Liberty...

Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Introduction to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards - England and Wales

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The Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA DOLS) provide a legal framework around the deprivation of liberty.

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Factsheet 01/01/2013

Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Independent Mental Capacity Advocates

Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Independent Mental Capacity Advocates

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The role of Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) is to support and represent a person who lacks capacity in making a specific decision, and who has no-one (other than paid carers) to support them. This factsheet sets out further information about IMCAs and the role they play.

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Factsheet 01/08/2012

Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Best interests tests - England and Wales

Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Best interests tests - England and Wales

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The best interests principle in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (the Act) states that any act done or decision made on behalf of an adult lacking capacity must be in their best interests. This can cover financial, health and social care decisions.

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Factsheet 01/07/2012

Parental responsibility

Parental responsibility

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Parental responsibility refers to the rights and responsibilities that most parents have in respect of their children. This factsheet gives advice on who has parental responsibility and where responsibility lies in situations in which there are disagreements over the best interests of the child.

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Case report 01/11/2003

Ureteric damage

Ureteric damage

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Mrs K, a mother of six, attended a gynaecology clinic complaining of persistent menorrhagia. After a normal diagnostic D&C she was listed for a total abdominal hysterectomy. The surgery was performed by Dr G, a gynaecology registrar, through a suprapubic transverse skin incision.

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