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Blog post 19/10/2018

Should you mention the C word when it is probably nothing?

Should you mention the C word when it is probably nothing?

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You are concerned there’s a small chance a patient might have cancer. You want to refer them for tests. Do you tell them the possible, albeit unlikely, diagnosis and risk upsetting or scaring them? Or do you try and keep them calm and not mention the C word at all?

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Blog post 25/06/2018

GMC loses right to appeal – Medical Protection welcomes news

GMC loses right to appeal – Medical Protection welcomes news

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In the latest development surrounding manslaughter in healthcare, the government has agreed to remove the GMC’s right to appeal decisions reached by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS). This change follows ongoing campaigning by MPS, and Dr Rob Hendry, medical director at Medical Protection, says this is great news for the profession

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Blog post 02/04/2018

Starting GP training? Here are your ten top tips

Starting GP training? Here are your ten top tips

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Starting your first post in training, or changing to a new rotation, can be exciting, but it can also be scary and comes with lots of challenges. In this article, Dr Mahibur Rahman looks at ten tips to help you in your new post.

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Blog post 01/03/2018

Data Protection is changing

Data Protection is changing

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New data protection rules are coming into force on 25 May. Dr Rachel Birch, medicolegal adviser at Medical Protection, looks at two key areas that are changing.

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Blog post 22/02/2018

How to avoid medication errors

How to avoid medication errors

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A new study has highlighted the ongoing problem of medication errors in the NHS. Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, senior medicolegal adviser at Medical Protection, says that clinicians are only human – and help is at hand

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Blog post 22/02/2018

From the advice line: documenting aggressive behaviour

From the advice line: documenting aggressive behaviour

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Dr Rachel Birch, medicolegal adviser at Medical Protection, shares a recent case on documenting a patient’s aggressive behaviour in his medical record.

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Blog post 19/02/2018

Risk alert: the role of non-clinical staff

Risk alert: the role of non-clinical staff

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The role of non-clinical staff in modern general practice is expanding. Julie Price, head of risk management and education consultancy at Medical Protection, looks at the risks of such staff managing correspondence

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Blog post 19/02/2018

Managing staff sickness

Managing staff sickness

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Dealing with staff absence can be a complex and time-consuming task for busy practices. Here employment law specialists Croner Consulting offer advice and guidance.

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Blog post 15/02/2018

Antibiotics: how to manage expectations

Antibiotics: how to manage expectations

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Patient expectations over the prescribing of antibiotics can pose a real challenge to GPs. Dr Marika Davies, senior medicolegal adviser at Medical Protection, outlines how your communication skills can rise to the fore.

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Blog post 22/01/2018

Test results: learning from negligence claims - part 2

Test results: learning from negligence claims - part 2

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Diane Baylis, clinical risk and education manager at Medical Protection, looks at the role of contributory factors in test result errors

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Blog post 22/01/2018

Test results: learning from negligence claims

Test results: learning from negligence claims

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Diane Baylis, clinical risk and education manager at Medical Protection, looks at the common causes of test result errors and offers advice on how to avoid them

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Blog post 09/01/2018

Can I disclose information to the police?

Can I disclose information to the police?

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Being approached by the police can pose a dilemma: as a clinician, you have your own professional obligations. Dr Marika Davies, senior medicolegal adviser at Medical Protection, provides some clarity

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Blog post 24/11/2017

MPS outlines proposals for reforming the GMC

MPS outlines proposals for reforming the GMC

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Proposed merger of nine regulators should focus on fairness and accountability, not cost-cutting, says Medical Protection senior medicolegal adviser Dr Pallavi Bradshaw

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Blog post 25/08/2017

Confidentiality

Confidentiality

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Confidentiality is the cornerstone of a successful doctor–patient relationship. Indeed the word “confidence” derives from the Latin con “with” and fidere “to trust”. The GMC is clear that doctors who break a patient’s confidence undermine trust in the medical profession and they will be dealt with very seriously.

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Blog post 25/08/2017

General confidentiality principles as advised by medical defence orga...

General confidentiality principles as advised by medical defence organisations

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All doctors know that maintaining confidentiality is an important part of building up trust with patients. Here, Dr Stephanie Bown examines the medicolegal aspects of confidentiality

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Blog post 03/07/2017

Supporting you with your professional assessments

Supporting you with your professional assessments

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We understand that your primary focus during your training is to pass all elements of the MRCGP assessments, therefore we can provide you with additional benefits to help improve your performance in consultation and support your preparation for your exams.

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Blog post 03/07/2017

Valuable resources to help you practice safely

Valuable resources to help you practice safely

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Protecting you is the cornerstone on which Medical Protection is built. However, your membership provides so much more than just a last line of defence.

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Blog post 30/06/2017

Giving you the support the NHS can't

Giving you the support the NHS can't

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As a doctor working in an NHS hospital, you are covered by NHS indemnity for clinical negligence claims arising from your NHS hospital practice. However, many doctors do not realise there are situations where this does not apply, so you need to make sure you have additional protection

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Blog post 30/06/2017

Retired or deferred membership

Retired or deferred membership

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Medical Protection offers free membership to members who have retired or voluntarily undertake no active practice at all (after a minimum membership period of six months).

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Blog post 30/06/2017

Workplace Advice

Workplace Advice

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Croner is a trusted partner of Medical Protection and the UK’s leading provider of workplace information and advice. The company has been providing businesses with expert HR, health & safety and business support since 1948 and supporting Practice Xtra practices since 2004.

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Blog post 30/06/2017

Practice Information Portal

Practice Information Portal

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An information portal can simplify the storing, sharing and management of local information held by your practice and is an important device for reducing risk. We’ve teamed up with the National Association of Sessional GPs (NASGP) to help you find a simple and effective solution.

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Blog post 30/06/2017

Extended Liability

Extended Liability

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The prospect of a claim being made in relation to other healthcare professionals in practice e.g. healthcare assistants is often a cause for concern.

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