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Factsheet 27/06/2016

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – Assessing capacity

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – Assessing capacity

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The Mental Capacity Act states that a person lacks capacity if they are unable to make a specific decision, at a specific time, because of an impairment of, or disturbance, in the functioning of mind or brain. This factsheet sets out the things to look for when assessing the capacity of a patient.

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Factsheet 27/06/2016

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – General principles - England and Wales

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – General principles - England and Wales

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The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (the Act) aims to protect people who lack capacity, and maximise their ability to make decisions or participate in decision-making. The Act is underpinned by five statutory principles. This factsheet sets out these principles and how they should be applied.

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Factsheet 17/06/2016

Safe prescribing - Scotland

Safe prescribing - Scotland

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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 has been estimated at more than £750 million per year. This factsheet gives advice about avoiding prescribing errors.

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Factsheet 18/05/2016

Consent – The basics - Northern Ireland

Consent – The basics - Northern Ireland

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Respect for patients’ autonomy is expressed in consent law; to impose care or treatment on people without respecting their wishes and right to self-determination is not only unethical, but illegal. The approach to consent in Northern Ireland is currently governed by common law.

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Factsheet 17/05/2016

Medical records - Northern Ireland

Medical records - Northern Ireland

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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 12/05/2016

Consent – Children and young people - Northern Ireland

Consent – Children and young people - Northern Ireland

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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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Articles and features 30/03/2016

Dealing with adverse incidents

Dealing with adverse incidents

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One of the greatest challenges a doctor will face during their career is in ensuring they respond well when things go wrong. Even the most experienced doctors make mistakes but it can be particularly difficult to deal with when you are one of the more junior members of the team.

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Factsheet 18/03/2016

Apologies

Apologies

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Unfortunately things do go wrong in healthcare and sometimes patients are dissatisfied, disappointed or upset with the care that they have received. Medical Protection supports open communication, and we encourage members to apologise where things have gone wrong, regardless of fault.

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Factsheet 09/01/2016

Raising concerns and whistleblowing - Northern Ireland

Raising concerns and whistleblowing - Northern Ireland

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One of the most difficult situations faced by any clinician is when you are concerned that a colleague’s behaviour, health or professional performance may be placing patients at risk. This factsheet outlines your duty to raise concerns when patients may be at risk of harm.

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Factsheet 05/11/2015

Clinical negligence claims – what to expect - England

Clinical negligence claims – what to expect - England

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A clinical negligence claim is a demand for financial compensation for alleged harm caused by substandard clinical care. Common reasons for claims include failure or delay in diagnosis, or incorrect treatment. In fact, many claims arise out of poor communication.

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Factsheet 21/10/2015

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - England

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - England

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been a criminal offence in the UK since 1985 and the legislation was re-enacted in the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. Five official reports on the subject have been published since November 2013 and MPS has produced this guidance for members.

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Factsheet 21/10/2015

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - Scotland

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - Scotland

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been a criminal offence in the UK since 1985 and the legislation was re-enacted in the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. Five official reports on the subject have been published since November 2013 and MPS has produced this guidance for members.

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Factsheet 21/10/2015

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - Wales

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - Wales

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been a criminal offence in the UK since 1985 and the legislation was re-enacted in the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. Five official reports on the subject have been published since November 2013 and MPS has produced this guidance for members.

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Factsheet 01/10/2015

Confidentiality – Disclosures relating to patients who are unable to...

Confidentiality – Disclosures relating to patients who are unable to consent - Wales

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You owe a duty of confidentiality to all your patients, past or present, even if they are adults who lack capacity. You may be asked to provide information from the medical records of patients who are incapable of giving consent, are aged under 18, or have died. This factsheet gives you further information about dealing with these circumstances.

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Factsheet 01/10/2015

Consent – Children and young people - Wales

Consent – Children and young people - Wales

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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 30/09/2015

Disclosures without consent - Scotland

Disclosures without consent - Scotland

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Certain circumstances can mean you are obliged to disclose information about a patient, even if you do not have their consent; under other circumstances, disclosure may be justifiable. This factsheet gives you further information about these circumstances.

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Factsheet 30/09/2015

Disclosures relating to patients unable to consent - Scotland

Disclosures relating to patients unable to consent - Scotland

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You owe a duty of confidentiality to all your patients, past or present, even if they are adults who lack capacity. You may be asked to provide information from the medical records of patients who are incapable of giving consent, are aged under 16, or have died. This factsheet gives you further information about dealing with these circumstances.

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Factsheet 30/09/2015

The Procurator Fiscal and Fatal Accident Inquiries - Scotland

The Procurator Fiscal and Fatal Accident Inquiries - Scotland

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If a death occurs in a violent or unnatural manner, in custody, or suddenly but without certain cause, the Procurator Fiscal has a duty to inquire into the death. This factsheet sets out the role of the Procurator Fiscal, the reporting process and what will happen once you have reported a death to the Procurator Fiscal.

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Consent – The basics - Scotland

Consent – The basics - Scotland

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Respect for patients’ autonomy is expressed in consent law; to impose care or treatment on people without respecting their wishes and right to self-determination is not only unethical, but illegal.

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