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Articles and features 30/09/2022

Abortion Act amendments – what they mean for you

Abortion Act amendments – what they mean for you

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Dr Caroline Osborne-White and Dr Corina Lee, Medicolegal Consultants at Medical Protection, look at some recent changes to abortion law and what they mean for the professional expectations of clinicians

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Articles and features 21/09/2022

Meeting Competition and Markets Authority requirements: What you need...

Meeting Competition and Markets Authority requirements: What you need to know as a private consultant

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Consultants who undertake private practice have a legal duty to comply with competition legislation and that includes engaging with PHIN, the Private Healthcare Information Network. Medical Protection outlines your key responsibilities when doing so, including how PHIN can help.

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Press release 15/09/2022

Burnout review highlights need for urgent action

Burnout review highlights need for urgent action

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Dr Rob Hendry, Medical Director at Medical Protection Society (MPS) comments on the study by the University of Manchester into the link between burnout and patient safety.

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Articles and features 08/09/2022

Don’t you know who I am? Treating patients in the spotlight

Don’t you know who I am? Treating patients in the spotlight

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Doctors who treat high-profile patients face a unique set of challenges when it comes to ensuring they receive the best possible care. Dr Anthea Martin investigates these issues and offers advice on how doctors can protect themselves, as well as the patient.

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Factsheet 08/09/2022

Professional boundaries

Professional boundaries

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The doctor−patient relationship is based on trust. The GMC’s Good Medical Practice section on professionalism says that good doctors are “honest and trustworthy, and act with integrity and within the law.”

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16/08/2022

Professional development courses overview

Professional development courses overview

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Reduce your risk with doctor-led professional development included in your membership. As an added bonus, many of our courses are accredited. These will count towards your CPD, so you can earn while you learn.

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Articles and features 11/08/2022

High profile patients

High profile patients

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Treating high-profile patients can often present a unique set of medicolegal challenges and it is important that doctors protect themselves, as well as the patient. Dr Emma Green, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, discusses the common issues and sets out some advice

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Articles and features 11/08/2022

Managing timetable conflicts

Managing timetable conflicts

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When carrying out NHS and private practice work, it’s important to ensure that the needs of both your private patients and your NHS patients are met. Dr Heidi Mounsey, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at one potential scenario and offers some guidance.

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Articles and features 02/08/2022

What does 'safe space' mean for safety investigations in the NHS?

What does 'safe space' mean for safety investigations in the NHS?

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Dr Sean Weaver, Deputy Medical Director, and Cassandra Cameron, Head of Policy and Strategy, from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, look towards the 2023 introduction of ‘safe space’ in England – and what this means for patient safety

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Articles and features 02/08/2022

Breaching confidentiality: can doctors report a crime?

Breaching confidentiality: can doctors report a crime?

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Dr Emma Green, medicolegal consultant at Medical Protection, recalls a harrowing experience encountering a violent patient and considers the impact on confidentiality when reporting criminal behaviour or assault.

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Articles and features 01/08/2022

Response to the review of Good Medical Practice

Response to the review of Good Medical Practice

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Medical Protection Society (MPS) has recently submitted our response to the review of Good medical practice carried out by the General Medical Council (GMC) .

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Articles and features 28/07/2022

Significant event audits

Significant event audits

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Medical Protection explains how Significant Event Analysis (SEA) work and in what scenarios they would need to be undertaken.

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Press release 25/07/2022

Move to finally strip GMC of power to appeal tribunal decisions in 20...

Move to finally strip GMC of power to appeal tribunal decisions in 2023 welcomed

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Medical Protection has welcomed commitment from DHSC to progress legislation that will finally strip the GMC of its power to appeal fitness to practise decisions in 2023.

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Case report 22/07/2022

Medical Protection offers advice and support to Interested Person

Medical Protection offers advice and support to Interested Person

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Dr Lucy Hanington, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, recalls a case in which an NHS consultant was called as ‘Interested Person’ by the coroner’s office.

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Case report 22/07/2022

Conflicts and criticism in inquests

Conflicts and criticism in inquests

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Dr Lucy Hanington, Medicolegal Consultant, details a case which demonstrate how having separate representation via Medical Protection can help during inquest proceedings.

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Case report 21/07/2022

Anorexia case leads to inquest

Anorexia case leads to inquest

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Eating disorders can be complex conditions for clinicians to manage. Dr Emma Davies, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at a case of anorexia that resulted in our member being called to an inquest.

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Articles and features 21/07/2022

Dealing with negative online reviews

Dealing with negative online reviews

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Whether a bolt out of the blue or a digital manifestation of a deteriorating doctor-patient relationship, negative online reviews are an increasingly common part of the healthcare landscape. So, what do you do when you encounter one? Claire O’Leary, Case Manager at Medical Protection, advises don’t panic – use it as a chance to improve your practice

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Press release 18/07/2022

Medical expert reports must consider systems issues to help stop doct...

Medical expert reports must consider systems issues to help stop doctors being scapegoats for wider failings

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It should be mandatory for medical expert reports to consider the role systems issues may have played in an adverse patient outcome, according to the Medical Protection Society (MPS).

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Articles and features 17/07/2022

Medical Protection launching a new campaign on expert witnesses

Medical Protection launching a new campaign on expert witnesses

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Medical Protection launches a campaign to widen the pool of available experts by encouraging more doctors to take up expert work, while also ensuring a more cohesive and centralised approach to the training and identifying of appropriate experts.

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