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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 19/12/2018

NHS Complaints Procedure - Wales

NHS Complaints Procedure - Wales

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The regulations on NHS complaints in Wales are designed to make complaints handling open and accountable, fair and proportionate, and patient-focused. The emphasis is on resolving concerns in a timely fashion, openly and honestly, and a philosophy of “investigate once, investigate well”.

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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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Press release 17/01/2018

Medical Protection responds to the GMC’s ‘State of Medical Education...

Medical Protection responds to the GMC’s ‘State of Medical Education and Practice in the UK’ 2015 report

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Medical Protection welcomes the insights which can be drawn from the General Medical Council’s (GMC) ‘State of Medical Education and Practice in the UK’ 2015 report.1 The report highlighted that of 2,750 complaints that the GMC investigated in 2014, 1,428 closed without further action. This means that more than half of all complaints that the GMC investigated closed with no further action on the practitioner. It was also reported that the average GMC case length was 6.2 months.

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Articles and features 27/10/2017

Presumed consent for organ donation

Presumed consent for organ donation

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Dr James Thorpe, Editor-in-Chief of New Doctor, reports on the evolving legislation surrounding organ transplantation

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Articles and features 27/10/2017

Hot topic: Include reflections in your ePortfolio

Hot topic: Include reflections in your ePortfolio

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Drawing upon a recently reported case, Medical Protection’s Senior Medicolegal Adviser Dr Pallavi Bradshaw emphasises why it is important to include reflections in your ePortfolio.

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Articles and features 27/10/2017

Consent success

Consent success

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Top ten tips to assist foundation doctors when consenting a patient for a procedure

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Articles and features 27/10/2017

Ask MPS: Probity

Ask MPS: Probity

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New Doctor Editor-in-Chief and Medicolegal Adviser Dr James Thorpe demonstrates why probity is paramount to the role of a foundation doctor.

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Articles and features 27/10/2017

A difficult conversation

A difficult conversation

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When it comes to Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Medical Protection’s Medicolegal Adviser Dr Nicky King reflects on a junior doctor’s position

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Articles and features 27/10/2017

From ward to world

From ward to world

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Dr Robert Molloy reflects on his time working as a young doctor in Christchurch, New Zealand. When an earthquake struck, his year abroad took a very different turn

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Articles and features 28/09/2017

Challenging interactions with colleagues

Challenging interactions with colleagues

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Poor communication between doctors lies at the heart of many complaints, claims and disciplinary actions. Dr Mark Dinwoodie, Medical Protection’s Director of Education, explains the importance of maintaining good relationships with colleagues and communicating effectively with other health professionals

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Articles and features 28/09/2017

On the ward: Everyday consent dilemmas

On the ward: Everyday consent dilemmas

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Dr James Thorpe, Medicolegal Adviser at Medical Protection, reflects on a common issue where junior doctors are asked to perform roles outside their competence, in particular taking informed consent for surgical procedures and other invasive investigations

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