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Articles and features 04/06/2019

Learning from cases: specialty focus - General Surgery

Learning from cases: specialty focus - General Surgery

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Dr John Jolly, head of member risk education, Dr Heidi Mounsey, medical claims adviser, look at the reasons behind medicolegal cases reported to us at Medical Protection.

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Articles and features 08/02/2019

Learning from cases - Anaesthesia

Learning from cases - Anaesthesia

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Dr John Jolly, head of member risk education, and Dr Heidi Mounsey, medical claims adviser, look at the reasons behind medicolegal cases reported to us at Medical Protection.

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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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Articles and features 31/10/2018

Learning from cases: specialty focus - Gynaecology

Learning from cases: specialty focus - Gynaecology

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Dr John Jolly, head of member risk education, and Dr Karen Ellison, medicolegal consultant, look at the reasons behind medicolegal cases reported to us at Medical Protection.

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Articles and features 19/06/2018

Learning from cases: specialty focus - Ophthalmology

Learning from cases: specialty focus - Ophthalmology

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What are the main drivers for risk in your specialty? Medical Protection is launching a new series of special articles looking at the key medicolegal risks in a range of specialties, in the UK. We begin with ophthalmology. Dr John Jolly, head of member risk education, and Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, senior medicolegal adviser and qualified ophthalmologist, look into the cases reported to Medical Protection over the past ten years.

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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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News and updates 08/06/2017

Medical Protection offers tailored membership and indemnity savings f...

Medical Protection offers tailored membership and indemnity savings for newly qualified GPs

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A tailored package of advice and support means newly qualified GPs can get more protection from the outset of their careers, the Medical Protection Society has announced today.

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Articles and features 15/03/2017

Dealing with complaints

Dealing with complaints

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Kirsty Plowman considers how complaints can affect you and offers tips for tackling any you may receive

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Articles and features 13/12/2016

How do I reflect effectively?

How do I reflect effectively?

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Dr Mark Dinwoodie, Director of Education at Medical Protection, discusses the importance of reflection and Dr Ayaz Khalid, a foundation doctor, shares his top tips for reflective practice

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Articles and features 01/06/2015

Poor complaints handling

Poor complaints handling

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The key to resolving many complaints is handling them early on at a local level. Terri Bonnici, MPS medical complaints adviser, presents a case study showing what could happen if you don’t get to grips with a complaint in the early stages.

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Factsheet 15/05/2015

Consent - The basics - England

Consent - The basics - England

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Respect for patients’ autonomy is expressed in consent law; to impose care or treatment on people without respecting their wishes and right to self-determination is not only unethical, but illegal.

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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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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 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 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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