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Publication content 09/10/2018

Ask the expert: Is a patient’s son entitled to access his mother’s co...

Ask the expert: Is a patient’s son entitled to access his mother’s confidential information?

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Is the patient’s son entitled to access his mother’s confidential information? Where a patient lacks capacity clinicians should consider what action is in the patient’s best interests.

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Ask the expert: Are we obliged to facilitate a request for CCTV foota...

Ask the expert: Are we obliged to facilitate a request for CCTV footage of the practice car park?

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Are we obliged to facilitate a request for CCTV footage of the practice car park? You need to consider the confidentiality of other patients. Dr Rachel Birch, medicolegal consultant, answers a member’s query.

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Feature 01/03/2018

Risk alert: nurse prescribing

Risk alert: nurse prescribing

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Prescribers are responsible for all prescriptions they sign, including repeat prescriptions. Here Julie Price, head of risk management and education consultancy at Medical Protection, identifies the risks associated with nurse prescribers.

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Blog post 01/03/2018

Data Protection is changing

Data Protection is changing

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New data protection rules are coming into force on 25 May. Dr Rachel Birch, medicolegal adviser at Medical Protection, looks at two key areas that are changing.

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Publication content 01/12/2017

Contracts of employment

Contracts of employment

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Expert advisers from Croner, the employment law and HR specialists, answer your questions on contracts of employment and issues you may encounter when working in new care models

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Publication content 30/11/2017

Medications – A prescription for risk

Medications – A prescription for risk

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Medicines are the most common therapeutic intervention in the NHS, but they can also be a significant cause of unintended harm. We hear from NHS Improvement’s National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) on these risks, and offer some tips on how to stay safe

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Publication content 30/11/2017

QA with an MLA

QA with an MLA

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Editor-in-chief and medicolegal adviser (MLA) Dr Rachel Birch answers some recent queries from practices

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Publication content 08/11/2017

What can a CRSA do for your practice?

What can a CRSA do for your practice?

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Clinical Risk Self Assessments (CRSAs) offer an opportunity for all members of the practice team to work together, talk openly and develop practical solutions that promote safer practice.

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How manage a disruptive patient

How manage a disruptive patient

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Dealing with a disruptive patient can be one of the most challenging aspects of general practice. Senior Medicolegal Adviser Dr Richard Stacey provides advice on the best way to manage such a situation.

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Protecting patient confidentiality

Protecting patient confidentiality

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Confidentiality is one of the most common risk factors in general practice. Kirsty Plowman looks at how a Medical Protection interactive risk management training session on confidentiality can help members lower their risk.

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The changing face of primary care

The changing face of primary care

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Sam McCaffrey takes a look at how primary care is changing and the different clinical roles that can help your practice meet increasing patient demand.

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From the case files: Cauda equina

From the case files: Cauda equina

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Cauda equina is the source of some of the highest value claims against Medical Protection members. This case report highlights how important it is to keep an eye out for the ‘red flags’ associated with the syndrome.

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Publication content 08/11/2017

FAQs Capability issues

FAQs Capability issues

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Problems arising from an employee’s capability are frequently issues which can hinder the smooth running of any operation. Dealing with such issues in a timely and legally compliant manner can stave off many long term problems. However it can be a tricky area to get right legally with many potential hurdles to overcome. The following are some questions and answers on the topic of capability Croner has received to its advice lines from practice managers.

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Publication content 08/11/2017

High value general practice claims

High value general practice claims

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Dr Iain Barclay, Medical Protection Head of Underwriting Policy, examines what conditions are responsible for some of the highest claims against members in general practice

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Feature 07/11/2017

From the case files: lower back pain

From the case files: lower back pain

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When Mrs C, a keen golfer in her early forties, began to experience constant pain in her lower back, she consulted a GP at her local surgery. Dr P took a history of slow onset of pain with restricted mobility. He did not examine her, but prescribed an NSAID and advised Mrs C to return in two weeks if there was no improvement.

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End of life care test

End of life care test

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A recent report from the CQC has highlighted where general practice could improve in the provision of end of life care. Dr Rachel Birch, Practice Matters Editor-in-Chief, offers advice on how to put the CQC recommendations into practice.

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