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Factsheet 20/04/2015

Confidentiality – Disclosures without consent - Wales

Confidentiality – Disclosures without consent - Wales

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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 01/04/2015

Medical records - Wales

Medical records - Wales

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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 30/01/2015

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – Lasting Powers of Attorney - England and W...

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – Lasting Powers of Attorney - England and Wales

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The Mental Capacity Act (MCA ) creates a new form of power of attorney – Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), which gives another individual the authority to make decisions for an individual who now lacks capacity. This factsheet gives you more information about LPAs.

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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 14/01/2015

Statement of fitness for work

Statement of fitness for work

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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 14/01/2015

Confidentiality – General principles - Wales

Confidentiality – General principles - Wales

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Confidentiality is at the centre of maintaining trust between patients and doctors. As a doctor, you have access to sensitive personal information about patients and you have a legal and ethical duty to keep this information confidential, unless the patient consents to the disclosure, disclosure is required by law or is necessary in the public interest. This factsheet sets out the basic principles of confidentiality.

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Factsheet 14/01/2015

Confidentiality – General principles - Northern Ireland

Confidentiality – General principles - Northern Ireland

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Confidentiality is at the centre of maintaining trust between patients and doctors. As a doctor, you have access to sensitive personal information about patients and you have a legal and ethical duty to keep this information confidential, unless the patient consents to the disclosure; disclosure is required by law or is necessary in the public interest. This factsheet sets out the basic principles of confidentiality.

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Factsheet 04/11/2014

Removal of medical equipment after death - Wales

Removal of medical equipment after death - Wales

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If a patient dies and the death is reportable to the coroner, you should leave all equipment in place until you have discussed the case with the coroner’s officer. This factsheet gives you further information about what to do.

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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

Use of social media - Wales

Use of social media - Wales

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The General Medical Council (GMC) guidelines Doctors’ use of social media establish the standards expected from every doctor practising in the UK. The guide details the principles of conduct for using social media and explains how doctors can put these principles into practice.

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Factsheet 02/06/2014

Non-therapeutic circumcision - Wales

Non-therapeutic circumcision - Wales

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Non-therapeutic circumcision of male children is carried out for religious reasons and is generally not available on the NHS1. There is also a significant issue related to the appropriateness of the facilities in which the operation is carried out and a lack of formal training and certification in circumcision.

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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 01/05/2014

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – Assessments under the Deprivation of Liber...

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – Assessments under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards - England and Wales

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Under the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA DOLS), six assessments have to be successfully conducted before a local authority (supervisory body) can authorise the deprivation of an individual’s liberty in a hospital or a care home.

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Factsheet 01/05/2014

Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Introduction to the Deprivation of Liberty...

Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Introduction to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards - England and Wales

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The Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA DOLS) provide a legal framework around the deprivation of liberty.

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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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Factsheet 01/04/2014

Raising concerns and whistleblowing - Wales

Raising concerns and whistleblowing - Wales

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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 01/08/2013

Parental responsibility - Wales

Parental responsibility - Wales

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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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Factsheet 01/04/2013

Safeguarding children FAQs - Wales

Safeguarding children FAQs - Wales

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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 01/03/2013

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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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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