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Factsheet 02/02/2015

Access to health records - Scotland

Access to health records - Scotland

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Providing access to medical records is essentially a confidentiality issue; therefore, the starting point is whether or not the patient has consented to disclosure. If not, access should be denied, unless there is some other clear justification for allowing access.

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Factsheet 02/02/2015

Report writing - Scotland

Report writing - Scotland

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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 Procurator Fiscal’s FAI 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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Factsheet 01/02/2015

Medical records - England

Medical records - England

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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

Access to health records - Northern Ireland

Access to health records - Northern Ireland

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Providing access to medical records is essentially a confidentiality issue; therefore, the starting point is whether or not the patient has consented to disclosure. If not, access should be denied, unless there is some other clear justification for allowing access.

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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 22/01/2015

Access to health records

Access to health records

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Patients have a right to request access to their own medical records and can also provide consent for disclosure to third parties. You have a duty to protect the confidential data of your patients under the Data Protection Act (1998) and civil monetary penalties can be imposed for serious contraventions of the act.

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Factsheet 14/01/2015

Statement of fitness for work - Northern Ireland

Statement of fitness for work - Northern Ireland

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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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Statement of fitness for work - Scotland

Statement of fitness for work - Scotland

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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

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 - Scotland

Confidentiality – General principles - Scotland

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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 - England

Confidentiality - General principles - England

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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 05/01/2015

Clinical negligence claims – What to expect

Clinical negligence claims – What to expect

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A clinical negligence claim is a demand for financial compensation for alleged harm caused by substandard clinical care. Common reasons for claims include failure or delay in diagnosis, or incorrect treatment. In fact, many claims arise out of poor communication. This factsheet outlines the main stages in the legal process of a claim and what it means for you. If you receive a complaint, and this is not being dealt with by your NHS or other employer, you should contact MPS immediately.

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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 03/11/2014

Removal of medical equipment after death - England

Removal of medical equipment after death - England

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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 03/11/2014

Communicating with patients by fax and email - England

Communicating with patients by fax and email - England

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Electronic communication can provide a useful and alternative point of access for patients. However, you should ensure that, if sensitive information needs to be sent electronically, safeguards are in place to avoid breaching patient confidentiality. This factsheet sets out the potential risks of electronic communication.

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Factsheet 01/10/2014

Controlled drugs - Scotland

Controlled drugs - Scotland

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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 01/07/2014

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - Northern Ireland

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - Northern Ireland

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been a criminal offence in the UK since 1985 and the legislation was re-enacted in the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. Five official reports on the subject have been published since November 2013 and MPS has produced this guidance for members.

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Factsheet 01/07/2014

Removal of medical equipment after death - Scotland

Removal of medical equipment after death - Scotland

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If a patient dies and the death is reportable to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, you should leave all equipment in place until you have discussed the case with the Procurator Fiscal. This factsheet gives you further information about what to do.

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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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Non-therapeutic circumcision - Scotland

Non-therapeutic circumcision - Scotland

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Non-therapeutic circumcision of male children is carried out for religious reasons and is generally not available on the NHS. 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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