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Articles and features 29/08/2017

Rising nurse claims

Rising nurse claims

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MPS has seen a steady rise in the number of claims involving practice nurses, with ‘delay in diagnosis’ being the most common type of claim. Kate Taylor, Clinical Risk Manager, MPS Educational Services, reveals more

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Articles and features 29/08/2017

Getting to grips with fit notes

Getting to grips with fit notes

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A common question in general practice: “Ms P’s fit note runs out on Monday – can you do her another one?” Your answer should be considered carefully as the following case illustrates, explains Dr Rachel Birch, GP and medicolegal adviser at MPS

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Articles and features 25/08/2017

Day in the life of… Dr Pixie McKenna

Day in the life of… Dr Pixie McKenna

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I wake up bolt upright at 5.30am. I look in the mirror and realise I’ve inadvertently left my false eyelashes on from the previous day’s telly. They hang rather precariously from my upper lids – my mascara is half way down my cheeks and my hair is doing a good impersonation of Jedward. My husband rolls over and states that I look like a drag queen and promptly falls back to sleep.

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Articles and features 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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News and updates 01/08/2017

Provision of medicolegal reports/acting as a medicolegal expert

Provision of medicolegal reports/acting as a medicolegal expert

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If you are a doctor and want to practise medicine in the UK, you need to hold GMC registration with a licence to practise. Given this requirement, we have carefully considered the appropriate criteria we require of members who produce medicolegal reports and/or act as a medicolegal expert.

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Factsheet 06/07/2017

Duty of candour for GPs and dental practitioners - England

Duty of candour for GPs and dental practitioners - England

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The duty, which was introduced by the government through regulation 20 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014, applies to NHS organisations such as trusts and foundation trusts, to secondary care clinicians, and to bodies including GP practices, dental practices and care homes.

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Articles and features 03/07/2017

How we set subscriptions

How we set subscriptions

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General practice is an increasingly challenging and high-risk environment in which to practise medicine. Chief Executive Simon Kayll, explains how we assess those risks and calculate GP membership subscriptions

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News and updates 30/06/2017

Olympic Games 2016

Olympic Games 2016

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The Olympic Games is a major event in the world’s sporting and cultural calendar. Almost inevitably, a number of Medical Protection members may be travelling to Brazil to attend the Rio do Janeiro Games.

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News and updates 30/06/2017

Care.data – MPS advice to members

Care.data – MPS advice to members

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The Care.data programme that was due to be rolled out in 2014 was delayed following criticism of the way the information campaign supporting it was implemented.

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Articles and features 30/06/2017

Support with CQC: How Medical Protection can help

Support with CQC: How Medical Protection can help

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You can get direct assistance from Medical Protection by requesting a Clinical Risk Self Assessment (CRSA), which is a systematic approach that identifies risk and develops practical solutions, as one of the benefits of membership. Our experience has been that a CRSA is invaluable in assisting practices in preparing for their CQC inspection and also post-CQC inspection, to assist with issues raised by the CQC inspector.

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Articles and features 30/06/2017

Support with CQC: How you will be assessed

Support with CQC: How you will be assessed

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The CQC wants to define what good quality care looks like in order to be able to effectively inspect and rate practices.

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Articles and features 30/06/2017

Regulation 20: Duty Of Candour

Regulation 20: Duty Of Candour

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The key principle of the ‘duty of candour’ is that general practices must act in an open and transparent way in relation to care and treatment provided to patients

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Articles and features 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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Articles and features 30/06/2017

A day in the life of... Dr Andrew Murray

A day in the life of... Dr Andrew Murray

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Endurance athlete and GP Dr Andrew Murray reflects on working in Mongolia and why he decided to run from Scotland to the Sahara

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Articles and features 30/06/2017

From the case files

From the case files

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In this issue we share a case where a locum GP raised concerns about patient safety in a practice he had worked at for three months

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Articles and features 30/06/2017

Prescribing - core skills series

Prescribing - core skills series

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Prescribing can be a risky business, especially when prescribing for different kinds of patients such as older people or children who can be particularly vulnerable. Charlotte Hudson talks about the risks and what you can do to make sure you avoid them.

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Articles and features 29/06/2017

Through the eyes of a locum: The great escape

Through the eyes of a locum: The great escape

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Dr Euan Lawson, a locum GP from Cumbria, explains why every GP, including locums, should have an open door when not consulting.

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Press release 31/03/2017

Commenting on the amendment to the NHS Standard Contract which will p...

Commenting on the amendment to the NHS Standard Contract which will prevent law firms from operating from or touting for business in NHS premises from 2017/18

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Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, Senior Medicolegal Adviser at the Medical Protection Society, said: “This is a positive step - the NHS paid out £1.5bn in clinical negligence costs in 2015/16, with legal costs accounting for 34 percent of that bill. In lower value claims it is not unusual to see lawyers' costs exceed the compensation awarded to claimants."

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