Guides

During their life, a patient or their solicitor might ask you to witness the signing of a will or to produce a letter to confirm that the patient has capacity to make a will. After a patient has died, you might be asked to comment on whether the patient had testamentary capacity at the time they made a will.

before and after
Marketing with before-and-after images

25 May 2018

Ethical considerations and patient consent must be kept in mind when using before and after images to promote your work.

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Text message communication in general practice

25 May 2018

Text messages are a low-cost and low-effort way for GPs to keep patients updated, particularly for large-scale communications such as flu jab reminders.

data cloud
Storing information using a data cloud

22 May 2018

With the increased convenience of cloud computing come significant security and confidentiality risks.

packed boxes
Planning for your retirement

21 May 2018

Things to consider when winding up your practice for retirement.

Children whose parents are separated
Children whose parents are separated

21 May 2018

Requests for medical information about a child from either of the parents after they have separated must be handled sensitively and correctly. Here we advise how to avoid the pitfalls.

Protecting data
Protecting patient data

21 May 2018

Memory sticks are great for transporting your personal photos and documents. But they are not suitable for storing identifiable patient data. Here's why.

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Online access to records

21 May 2018

What you need to know about online access to patient records.

Confidentiality
An introduction to confidentiality

21 May 2018

Confidentiality is an essential part of the bond of trust that exists between doctor and patient.

Disclosure without consent

21 May 2018

There are circumstances in which you may disclose confidential information without patient consent.