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Guides

Your at-a-glance guide to the duty of candour.

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Avoiding malaria pitfalls

9 October 2017

Patients travelling to malaria hotspots should be encouraged to seek early medical advice about preventative measures.

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Conscientious objection

9 October 2017

A doctor's religious beliefs or conscientious objection to a treatment may prevent them from agreeing to carry out certain actions.

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Confidentiality and court cases involving children

5 October 2017

Court cases where a child is involved are subject to very strict statutory rules on confidentiality that apply to all family proceedings.

Protecting data
Protecting patient data

19 September 2017

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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Storing information using a data cloud

19 September 2017

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

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Dictated notes and best practice

30 August 2017

Dictated notes may pose problems if records aren't transcribed promptly, or if key information is left out.

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Fit notes

30 August 2017

GPs are required to complete the Statement of Fitness to Work free of charge when the patient has been off sick for more than seven calendar days.

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Montgomery and informed consent

22 August 2017

Explaining informed consent and the significance of Montgomery vs Lanarkshire Health Board.

Challenging patients
Dealing with challenging patients

15 August 2017

Patients become ‘challenging’ for a number of reasons. Here, we advise on managing the patient while protecting yourself, staff and other patients.

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