Guides

Your duty of confidentiality to a patient continues after their death.

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Prescribing contraception to under-16s

17 November 2021

Ethical considerations in prescribing contraception to young people.

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Prescribing and fitting contraceptive implants

17 November 2021

GPs must ensure they’re specifically trained and competent before carrying out this procedure.

Stressed doctor at desk
Doctors' health and wellbeing: sources of support

12 November 2021

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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Avoiding diagnostic delays in myeloma

12 November 2021

Myeloma is the third most common blood cancer in the UK, but early diagnosis can improve a patient's prognosis and quality of life.

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Dictated notes and best practice

5 November 2021

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

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Online access to records

29 October 2021

What you need to know about patients accessing their records online

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NHS complaints procedure in Northern Ireland

27 October 2021

Your introduction to the NHS complaints procedure in Northern Ireland.

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Flu vaccinations: consent, patient safety and delegation

22 October 2021

Advice for GP practices during the annual winter flu vaccination programme.

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Education, media and confidentiality

14 October 2021

The rapid development of recording and communication technologies has had a profound impact on the confidentiality of patient information and patient identity.