Guides

Medico-legal concerns can be extremely stressful for healthcare professionals at every level, but there are lots of places you can turn to for help if you need it.

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Fitness to practise procedures

20 December 2018

The GMC's statutory purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine. It has 'strong and effective legal powers designed to maintain the standards the public have a right to expect from doctors'.

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Parental responsibility

16 November 2018

Get to know the principles of parental responsibility with our quick guide.

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Using social media

16 November 2018

Advice for maintaining professional integrity and boundaries on social media.

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Assessing fitness to drive

6 November 2018

You have responsibilities to a patient if their condition or treatment affects their ability or fitness to drive.

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Upskilling practice staff

31 October 2018

If your practice plans to delegate more tasks to non-clinical staff, consider these medico-legal aspects.

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Quick guide to reflective practice

15 October 2018

What you need to know to be a reflective practitioner.

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Avoiding malaria pitfalls

9 October 2018

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

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Conscientious objection

9 October 2018

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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Complaints: the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

31 August 2018

If someone isn't satisfied with the response to their complaint after the first stage of the NHS complaints procedure, they can refer their complaint to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) for investigation.