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Factsheet 02/03/2015

Needlestick injuries - Northern Ireland

Needlestick injuries - Northern Ireland

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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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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 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 22/01/2015

Safe prescribing - Northern Ireland

Safe prescribing - Northern Ireland

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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

Statement of fitness for work - Northern Ireland

Statement of fitness for work - Northern Ireland

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Fit note is an informal name for the Statement of Fitness for Work. The Statement intends to advise patients who are on sick leave for more than seven days on whether, with extra support from their employer, they could return to work.

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Factsheet 01/10/2014

Safeguarding children - Northern Ireland

Safeguarding children - Northern Ireland

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Doctors play a crucial role in protecting children from abuse and neglect. Surgery consultations, home visits, emergency department admissions and contact with other professionals who work with children help to build up a picture of a child’s situation. This factsheet is designed to help members know how to act and who to contact when they suspect children are at risk of or are experiencing harm.

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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 01/07/2014

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - Northern Ireland

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - Northern Ireland

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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 01/04/2014

Controlled drugs - Northern Ireland

Controlled drugs - Northern Ireland

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In Northern Ireland, unlike England and Wales, out-of-hours (OOH) organisations may expect GPs to carry and use controlled drugs (CDs) from their own stock. This factsheet highlights what you should be aware of when carrying, storing and recording controlled drugs.

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Factsheet 01/10/2013

HSC complaints procedure – Hospital setting

HSC complaints procedure – Hospital setting

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Complaints in health and social care: standards and guidelines for resolution and learning (2009) aims to provide a simple, consistent approach for staff who handle complaints, and for patients who raise complaints across all health and social care services.

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Factsheet 01/10/2013

Report writing - Northern Ireland

Report writing - Northern Ireland

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One incident can be investigated in a number of different ways – as a complaint, a clinical negligence claim, a criminal case, a disciplinary matter by your employer, a Coroner’s inquest or a complaint to the GMC. An important starting point is your written report on the circumstances of the incident. This factsheet gives more information about writing this report.

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Factsheet 01/05/2013

Confidentiality – Disclosures without consent - Northern Ireland

Confidentiality – Disclosures without consent - Northern Ireland

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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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Articles and features 22/02/2013

A week in the life of an F2 working in a refugee camp

A week in the life of an F2 working in a refugee camp

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Working in a Burmese refugee camp opens your eyes to what really matters in medicine, says Dr June Tay. Here she gives her personal view on what she saw and what she experienced

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Factsheet 04/01/2013

Safeguarding children FAQs - Northern Ireland

Safeguarding children FAQs - Northern Ireland

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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 01/01/2013

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 01/09/2012

Communicating with patients by fax and email - Northern Ireland

Communicating with patients by fax and email - Northern Ireland

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Electronic communication can provide a useful and alternative point of access for patients. However, you should make sure 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 01/07/2012

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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