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News and updates 01/03/2018

Risk alert: nurse prescribing

Risk alert: nurse prescribing

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Prescribers are responsible for all prescriptions they sign, including repeat prescriptions. Here Julie Price, head of risk management and education consultancy at Medical Protection, identifies the risks associated with nurse prescribers.

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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 03/11/2017

From the advice line

From the advice line

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Dr Rachel Birch shares a recent case where a member asked for advice on how to deal with a patient who persistently emailed a doctor at the practice about medical issues, instead of attending for a consultation.

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The importance of good medical records

The importance of good medical records

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Keeping good clinical records is an important duty for the whole practice team. Kate Taylor, Clinical Risk Education Manager, examines why and provides tips for clinicians on how to do so.

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From the HR files

From the HR files

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HR experts Croner share a case where a practice sought their advice to deal with an employee with a disciplinary issue who was on long-term sick leave.

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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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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 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 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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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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