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Articles and features 10/05/2019

The procurator fiscal and fatal accident inquiries

The procurator fiscal and fatal accident inquiries

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A procurator fiscal investigates all sudden and suspicious deaths in Scotland, conducts fatal accident inquiries and handles criminal complaints against the police. There are 11 procurator fiscals, each covering a specific geographical location within Scotland, who between them investigate around 14,000 sudden deaths each year

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Factsheet 19/12/2018

Removing patients from the practice list

Removing patients from the practice list

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Removing patients from the practice list is an emotive issue and should only be used as a last resort. The reasons for removing a patient from the list can be varied, but it should not be in response to patients lodging a complaint or failing to comply with treatment.

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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 07/12/2018

Chaperones

Chaperones

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The medical consultation is a challenge to both doctor and patient, whether in the community or in hospital. The need for more detailed discussions with patients, along with their increasing autonomy and right to make choices in relation to their clinical care and treatment, has affected the traditional role of the doctor-patient relationship. This has made maintaining appropriate professional boundaries in the doctor-patient consultation more challenging, however, the guidance from national and regulatory bodies is clear that it is always the health professional's responsibility to do so.

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News and updates 21/03/2018

Duty of candour – Scotland

Duty of candour – Scotland

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A new duty of candour for all health, care and social work services comes into effect in Scotland on 1 April 2018. It places an expectation on organisations to be open, honest and supportive when there is an unexpected or unintended incident resulting in death or harm.

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04/10/2017

NHS Scotland launches new complaints procedure

NHS Scotland launches new complaints procedure

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The new Complaints Handling Procedure places an emphasis on empowering all staff to resolve issues “on-the-spot” where they can. You also have to make sure you record all complaints, even those resolved efficiently. Sara Dawson explores all the changes below

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15/09/2017

Prescription for Risk – A prescribing workshop for nurses

Prescription for Risk – A prescribing workshop for nurses

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This workshop has been developed to help nurses who are working in specialist roles to increase awareness of the potential for things to go wrong and to practice safely, particularly with regards to prescribing.

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29/08/2017

Tailored support

Tailored support

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Medical Protection provides expert support, advice and defence at every step of your career – supported locally by a dedicated team based in our Edinburgh office.

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Advice booklet 27/06/2017

Support for your development and e-portfolio

Support for your development and e-portfolio

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To support your development as a doctor and provide you with the evidence you need for your e-portfolio, we have developed a range of education and risk management resources using our wealth of specialist knowledge and experience.

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10/04/2017

Complaints Handling Procedure – NHS Scotland

Complaints Handling Procedure – NHS Scotland

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Medical Protection understands that handling complaints can be complex and stressful. It requires time and commitment when individuals may be feeling vulnerable. Investing time and getting it right can help resolve issues quickly and avoid escalation.

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17/06/2016

Safe prescribing

Safe prescribing

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Medication errors account for approximately 20% of all clinical negligence claims against doctors in both primary and secondary care. The costs associated with adverse events and inappropriate prescribing has been estimated at more than £750 million per year. This factsheet gives advice about avoiding prescribing errors.

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