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Articles and features 17/06/2019

GP dilemma: prescribing valproate

GP dilemma: prescribing valproate

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As a GP, what should you do when a patient already taking a valproate medicine attends for another prescription without meeting specific safety criteria?

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Webinar - Review of the GMCs position of the charges of gross neglig...

Date: 18/06/2019 19:30 -18/06/2019 20:30 (Read more for further details) Location: Online (Read more for further details)
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Webinar - Review of the GMCs position of the charges of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide

Join Medical Director Dr Rob Hendry and Dr Pallavi Bradshaw they take you through the position of the regulator and recent case law. They will also present the learnings and highlight action points for practicing clinicians.

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Webinar - Learning from cases in anaesthetics

Date: 25/06/2019 19:30 -25/06/2019 20:30 (Read more for further details) Location: Online (Read more for further details)
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Webinar - Learning from cases in anaesthetics

Join us in our live webinar as we explore the findings from the analysis of Anaesthetic Medical Protection members, where we scrutinise claims, pre-claims, complaints and General Medical Council investigations. We also explore local disciplinary procedures and inquests.

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Webinar - Learning from cases in general surgery

Date: 19/06/2019 19:30 -19/06/2019 20:30 (Read more for further details) Location: Online (Read more for further details)
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Webinar - Learning from cases in general surgery

Dr John Jolly and Dr James Thorpe share the findings and analysis of which surgical procedures are most likely to lead to a patient making a claim. They also highlight contributing factors behind cases and make informed recommendations to reduce risks.

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Webinar - Dealing with complaints in general practice

Date: 12/06/2019 19:30 -12/06/2019 20:30 (Read more for further details) Location: Online (Read more for further details)
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Webinar - Dealing with complaints in general practice

Join medical director Rob Hendry and medicolegal consultant Kirsa Morganti as they explore managing complaints and how to reduce your risks to minimise them.

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Case report 22/05/2019

A tale of two doctors: the junior and the consultant

A tale of two doctors: the junior and the consultant

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Dr Marika Davies, medicolegal consultant, looks at the recent case of GA v Greater Glasgow Health Board [2019] CSOH 31, where the death of a 77-year-old patient raised questions over where the liability for the negligence lay: the junior doctor or the consultant?

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Articles and features 21/05/2019

A potted history of medicine

A potted history of medicine

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Throughout history, doctors have treated patients, and doctors have made mistakes. We delve deep into the past to see what doctors used to get away with

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News and updates 10/05/2019

Withdrawing treatment: the legal position

Withdrawing treatment: the legal position

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In 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that healthcare professionals across the UK no longer need to seek legal permission to withdraw treatment from patients in a permanent vegetative state

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Articles and features 10/05/2019

Presumed consent for organ donation: what’s changing where?

Presumed consent for organ donation: what’s changing where?

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In a recent Medical Protection survey almost a third of doctors questioned were not comfortable discussing organ donation with a patient. With different laws across the UK and further changes imminent, this is maybe not surprising

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Articles and features 10/05/2019

End of life care

End of life care

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When treating a patient who is close to death, clear communication and collective decision-making are as important as any clinical intervention

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[Past] Webinar - Doctors in the dock

Date: 07/05/2019 18:30 -07/05/2019 19:30 (Read more for further details) Location: Online (Read more for further details)
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[Past] Webinar - Doctors in the dock

Recording available. Join Dr Rob Hendry for our upcoming webinar, where we’ll look at how we can work towards a more just culture. You’ll take away strategies to help you reduce your risk and avoid the stress and difficulty of criminal charges.

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Articles and features 08/04/2019

Should I declare that my patient is fit to run a marathon?

Should I declare that my patient is fit to run a marathon?

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GPs may be unsure about declaring patients fit to take part in physical events. Dr Emma Davies, medicolegal consultant at Medical Protection, provides advice on this common query

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Articles and features 07/01/2019

When patients miss appointments – should DNA mean Does Need Appointment?

When patients miss appointments – should DNA mean Does Need Appointment?

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When patients fail to attend an appointment, it can be hugely frustrating for a number of reasons. It is also very costly, according to recent NHS England data that suggests up to 15 million general practice appointments are being wasted each year – at an estimated cost to the NHS of £216 million.

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[Past] Webinar - An inspector calls - sharing information with the po...

Date: 30/01/2019 19:30 -30/01/2019 20:30 (Read more for further details) Location: Online (Read more for further details)
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[Past] Webinar - An inspector calls - sharing information with the police

Doctors often find themselves interacting with the police and may be uncertain of their obligations. This webinar will cover scenarios when medical practitioners are asked to provide information about patient’s to the police in the form of reports, records and statements. It will allow you to co-operate with investigations while ensuring compliance with ethical and legal principles.

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Articles and features 21/12/2018

The cost of claims – control through proportionality

The cost of claims – control through proportionality

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If you have ever been unfortunate enough to receive a letter of claim, you will be aware of how stressful the process can be. Another aspect is the often high sums of money involved. Stephen Preater, costs adviser at Medical Protection, is part of an expert in-house team that is dedicated to controlling the amounts sought by claimants

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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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