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Factsheet 19/12/2018

Removing patients from the practice list

Removing patients from the practice list

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Removing patients from the practice list is an emotive issue and should only be used as a last resort. The reasons for removing a patient from the list can be varied, but it should not be in response to patients lodging a complaint or failing to comply with treatment.

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Factsheet 19/12/2018

Record-keeping

Record-keeping

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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 07/12/2018

Chaperones

Chaperones

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The medical consultation is a challenge to both doctor and patient, whether in the community or in hospital. The need for more detailed discussions with patients, along with their increasing autonomy and right to make choices in relation to their clinical care and treatment, has affected the traditional role of the doctor-patient relationship. This has made maintaining appropriate professional boundaries in the doctor-patient consultation more challenging, however, the guidance from national and regulatory bodies is clear that it is always the health professional's responsibility to do so.

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Factsheet 08/08/2018

Inquests - Northern Ireland

Inquests - Northern Ireland

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An inquest is a fact-finding exercise that is conducted by the Coroner and, in some cases, in front of a jury. The purpose of an inquest is to find out who the person was and, how, when and where they died. This factsheet gives further information about what happens at an inquest.

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Advice booklet 27/06/2017

Support for your development and e-portfolio

Support for your development and e-portfolio

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To support your development as a doctor and provide you with the evidence you need for your e-portfolio, we have developed a range of education and risk management resources using our wealth of specialist knowledge and experience.

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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 17/05/2016

Removing patients from the practice list - Northern Ireland

Removing patients from the practice list - Northern Ireland

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Removing patients from the practice list is an emotive issue, risking criticism from bodies such as the Northern Ireland Ombudsman, the General Medical Council (GMC) and the media and should only be used after careful consideration and as a last resort.

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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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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 16/07/2015

Repeat prescribing for GPs - Northern Ireland

Repeat prescribing for GPs - Northern Ireland

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Medication errors make up a fifth of all errors occurring in general practice and many of these are preventable. Extra care must be taken when repeat prescribing, especially if you were not the original prescriber and have not seen the patient. This factsheet outlines the pitfalls, and gives advice on avoiding errors.

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Factsheet 14/07/2015

Reporting deaths to the Coroner - Northern Ireland

Reporting deaths to the Coroner - Northern Ireland

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

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Factsheet 01/07/2015

Confidentiality – Disclosures relating to patients unable to consent...

Confidentiality – Disclosures relating to patients unable to consent - Northern Ireland

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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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