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Webinar - Telemedicine: Navigating the risks

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Webinar - Telemedicine: Navigating the risks

Understand how to mitigate risks and protect yourself effectively when practising telemedicine.

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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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04/07/2017

Probity

Probity

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Good Medical Practice advises doctors that they must be honest and trustworthy when signing forms, reports and other documents. It also requires doctors to make sure that any documents they write or sign are not false or misleading

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04/07/2017

The GMC's expectations on relationships with patients

The GMC's expectations on relationships with patients

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Around 7% of allegations heard at fitness-to-practise hearings in 2011 were with regards to relationships with patients. As a doctor’s profession is defined by the duty of care to patients, it follows that standards of professionalism are entwined with the strength of the relationship between doctor and patient.

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Factsheet 21/10/2015

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - Wales

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - Wales

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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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01/09/2015

Confidentiality - Disclosures relating to patients unable to consent

Confidentiality - Disclosures relating to patients unable to consent

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You owe a duty of confidentiality to all your patients, past or present, even if they are adults who lack capacity. You may be asked to provide information from the medical records of patients who are incapable of giving consent, are aged under 18, or have died. This factsheet gives you further information about dealing with these circumstances.

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19/05/2015

Safeguarding children

Safeguarding children

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The GMC states that “Whether or not you have vulnerable children or young people as patients, you should consider their needs and welfare and offer them help if you think their rights have been abused or denied.” Surgery consultations, home visits, accident and emergency admissions and contact with other professionals who work with children help to build up a picture of a child’s situation.

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15/05/2015

Communicating with patients by text message

Communicating with patients by text message

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Text messaging allows practices to target and contact hundreds of patients within minutes. Patients can respond by text with replies automatically forwarded to a specified email address. Many practices are signing up to using a text messaging service to inform patients of appointments, flu vaccinations, etc.

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Factsheet 20/04/2015

Confidentiality – Disclosures without consent - Wales

Confidentiality – Disclosures without consent - Wales

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Certain circumstances can mean you are obliged to disclose information about a patient, even if you do not have their consent; under other circumstances, disclosure may be justifiable. This factsheet gives you further information about these circumstances.

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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 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 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 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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01/10/2014

Safeguarding children – FAQs

Safeguarding children – FAQs

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The GMC states that “doctors play a crucial role in protecting children from abuse and neglect”. Child maltreatment includes neglect and physical, sexual and emotional abuse. The following frequently asked questions are designed to advise MPS members what to do and who to contact, should they suspect children are at risk of, or are experiencing, harm.

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01/09/2014

Communicating with patients by text message

Communicating with patients by text message

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Text messaging allows practices to target and contact hundreds of patients within minutes. Patients can respond by text with replies automatically forwarded to a specified email address. Many practices are signing up to using a text messaging service to inform patients of appointments, flu vaccinations etc.

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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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