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Factsheet 01/05/2014

Giving evidence - Wales

Giving evidence - Wales

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As a doctor, you may be asked to give evidence in many different types of tribunals, including criminal or civil courts, the coroner’s court and employment or mental health tribunals. This factsheet gives further information about what to expect and how to prepare.

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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 01/04/2014

Guide to writing expert reports - Wales

Guide to writing expert reports - Wales

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As an expert you should be aiming to produce a report which is free standing – from which the reader can glean the key issues in the case, understand the evidence available and reach a clear understanding of the range of expert opinion, without needing to look at any other document.

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Articles and features 04/01/2014

Collateral damage

Collateral damage

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The sooner you call MPS about an ethical or legal dilemma, the sooner the matter can be resolved. Professor Carol Seymour, Dr Tom Mosedale, Dr Richard Brittain and Sara Williams explore how and why Collateral-damage foundation doctors get into troubleCollateral-damage foundation doctors get into trouble

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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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01/07/2013

Recording consent and consent forms

Recording consent and consent forms

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Apart from certain treatments carried out under the Mental Health Act and some forms of fertility treatment, there is no legal requirement to obtain written consent, but most health organisations have policies stipulating when written consent should be obtained. Employees are expected to be familiar with these and adhere to them.

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Factsheet 01/04/2013

Guide to writing expert reports - Scotland

Guide to writing expert reports - Scotland

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As an expert you should be aiming to produce a report which is free standing – from which the reader can glean the key issues in the case, understand the evidence available and reach a clear understanding of the range of expert opinion, without needing to look at any other document.

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Factsheet 01/03/2013

Controlled drugs - Wales

Controlled drugs - Wales

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Under the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations (2001), GPs have a responsibility for controlled drugs (CDs) within their practice. This factsheet highlights what you should be aware of when carrying, storing and recording controlled drugs.

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Case report 21/01/2013

Take me seriously

Take me seriously

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Forty-year-old hairdresser and mother-of-three Mrs T had long-term problems with neck pains and migraines. She had seen her own GP Dr W, and many of the partners in the practice, several times over the years with the same complaint.

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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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Case report 10/01/2012

Too quick to clear the spine

Too quick to clear the spine

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Twenty-eight-year-old Miss T was a pillion passenger on her boyfriend’s motorbike going at high speed on a motorway. He lost control of the vehicle and tried to regain it by braking, which threw them both over the handles, landing some distance away. Unfortunately, Miss T’s boyfriend was certified dead at the scene of the accident.

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Case report 01/09/2007

Troublesome chest pain

Troublesome chest pain

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Mr F was a 46-year-old accountant who lived with his wife and two children. He booked an appointment with his GP, Dr P, in an emergency surgery, the morning after experiencing some chest pain. He had been running for a train on the way back from a meeting.

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