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Blog post 20/11/2018

The role of receptionists: a legal commentary

The role of receptionists: a legal commentary

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A recent Supreme Court decision, Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2018] UKSC 50, has raised questions about the role of non-clinical staff in patient care. The judgment criticised the actions of a receptionist in an Accident and Emergency (A&E) department – Joseph McCaughley, litigation solicitor at Medical Protection, looks at the ramifications of the case

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Blog post 12/11/2018

Surviving medical school: Social Media

Surviving medical school: Social Media

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We’ve compiled some essential advice you need to know about protecting yourself online. The article looks into cases and GMC guidance around online activity and social media, with key things you need to know as a student doctor.

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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

Cosmetic injections and vaccinations: ask the expert

Cosmetic injections and vaccinations: ask the expert

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Dr Rachel Birch, Medical Protection medicolegal adviser and Practice Matters editor-in-chief, answers some recent queries on cosmetic injections and vaccination errors.

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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 19/02/2018

Stop criminalising good doctors – and here’s how

Stop criminalising good doctors – and here’s how

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The law that is applied in gross negligence manslaughter cases against doctors in England and Wales is not suitable and it is time to learn from other justice systems, says Dr Rob Hendry, medical director at Medical Protection.

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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 01/02/2018

E-portfolios and the Dr Bawa-Garba case – Dr Pallavi Bradshaw clarifies

E-portfolios and the Dr Bawa-Garba case – Dr Pallavi Bradshaw clarifies

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The judgement from the High Court to erase Dr Bawa-Garba from the medical register is disappointing and its implications will understandably be of great concern to the healthcare community.

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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

3.2 Working with colleagues

3.2 Working with colleagues

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This attribute is about working with and supporting colleagues in an appropriate manner.

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Blog post 03/07/2017

Expert advice to avoid claims and complaints

Expert advice to avoid claims and complaints

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We can provide you with expert advice on a wide range of topic areas, doctor to doctor, over the phone, via email or through our extensive online resources.

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