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Articles and features 01/12/2017

Contracts of employment

Contracts of employment

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Expert advisers from Croner, the employment law and HR specialists, answer your questions on contracts of employment and issues you may encounter when working in new care models

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Articles and features 30/11/2017

Medications – A prescription for risk

Medications – A prescription for risk

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Medicines are the most common therapeutic intervention in the NHS, but they can also be a significant cause of unintended harm. We hear from NHS Improvement’s National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) on these risks, and offer some tips on how to stay safe

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Articles and features 30/11/2017

QA with an MLA

QA with an MLA

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Editor-in-chief and medicolegal adviser (MLA) Dr Rachel Birch answers some recent queries from practices

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Articles and features 08/11/2017

How manage a disruptive patient

How manage a disruptive patient

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Dealing with a disruptive patient can be one of the most challenging aspects of general practice. Senior Medicolegal Adviser Dr Richard Stacey provides advice on the best way to manage such a situation.

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Articles and features 08/11/2017

Protecting patient confidentiality

Protecting patient confidentiality

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Confidentiality is one of the most common risk factors in general practice. Kirsty Plowman looks at how a Medical Protection interactive risk management training session on confidentiality can help members lower their risk.

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Articles and features 08/11/2017

The changing face of primary care

The changing face of primary care

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Sam McCaffrey takes a look at how primary care is changing and the different clinical roles that can help your practice meet increasing patient demand.

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Articles and features 08/11/2017

From the case files: Cauda equina

From the case files: Cauda equina

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Cauda equina is the source of some of the highest value claims against Medical Protection members. This case report highlights how important it is to keep an eye out for the ‘red flags’ associated with the syndrome.

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Articles and features 08/11/2017

FAQs Capability issues

FAQs Capability issues

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Problems arising from an employee’s capability are frequently issues which can hinder the smooth running of any operation. Dealing with such issues in a timely and legally compliant manner can stave off many long term problems. However it can be a tricky area to get right legally with many potential hurdles to overcome. The following are some questions and answers on the topic of capability Croner has received to its advice lines from practice managers.

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Articles and features 08/11/2017

High value general practice claims

High value general practice claims

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Dr Iain Barclay, Medical Protection Head of Underwriting Policy, examines what conditions are responsible for some of the highest claims against members in general practice

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Articles and features 07/11/2017

From the case files: lower back pain

From the case files: lower back pain

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When Mrs C, a keen golfer in her early forties, began to experience constant pain in her lower back, she consulted a GP at her local surgery. Dr P took a history of slow onset of pain with restricted mobility. He did not examine her, but prescribed an NSAID and advised Mrs C to return in two weeks if there was no improvement.

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Articles and features 07/11/2017

End of life care test

End of life care test

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A recent report from the CQC has highlighted where general practice could improve in the provision of end of life care. Dr Rachel Birch, Practice Matters Editor-in-Chief, offers advice on how to put the CQC recommendations into practice.

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Articles and features 07/11/2017

Anticoagulant monitoring and dosing

Anticoagulant monitoring and dosing

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We have teamed up with NHS Improvement for a new series of risk warnings based on data from the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS), the NHS’s national database of patient safety incidents in England and Wales. Each article will tackle a different risk commonly reported to the NRLS. In this issue we tackle a commonly reported incident type, medication errors associated with anticoagulants.

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Articles and features 06/11/2017

Top 5 social media dilemmas

Top 5 social media dilemmas

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Medicolegal Adviser Dr Gordon McDavid answers some of the most common social media queries we receive from practices

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Articles and features 06/11/2017

FAQs - Pensions auto enrolment

FAQs - Pensions auto enrolment

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Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. Whether you’re a hairdresser, an architect or a partner in general practice, if you employ at least one person you are an employer and you have certain legal duties.

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Articles and features 06/11/2017

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 06/11/2017

From the case files: Working at scale

From the case files: Working at scale

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This case demonstrates some of the risks practices face when working at scale, and the importance of ensuring effective systems and communication across practices.

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Articles and features 06/11/2017

Indemnity when working at scale

Indemnity when working at scale

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Dr Nick Clements, Head of Risk and Underwriting Policy, answers questions about how new care models and other changes in primary care can affect your medical indemnity.

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Articles and features 06/11/2017

Scaling down your risk

Scaling down your risk

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Clinical Risk Education Manager Diane Baylis explains how our risk education team can support GP federations and other organisations working at scale.

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Articles and features 06/11/2017

In the hot seat

In the hot seat

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Dr Rob Hendry, Medical Director at Medical Protection, explains how we are adapting to the changes affecting primary care

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Articles and features 06/11/2017

In focus: Priory medical group

In focus: Priory medical group

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In this issue we focus on Priory Medical Group, which is pioneering a new joined up care model across the City of York. Managing Partner Martin Eades explains the initiative his organisation has put forward in the past two years

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