Guides

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Disclosure without consent

26 February 2021

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

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Fitness to practise (FTP) procedures

23 February 2021

If your fitness to practise is ever investigated by the GMC, understanding what to expect can make all the difference. Our detailed guide to the process tells you what you need to know.

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Dealing with the media

23 February 2021

Your quick guide on what to do if you're approached by the media.

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Probity and professionalism: Republic of Ireland

12 February 2021

The dos and don'ts of professionalism for doctors in the Republic of Ireland.

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Duty of candour in primary care and independent practice

10 February 2021

Healthcare organisations (other than health service bodies) registered with CQC in England are subject to a statutory duty of candour.

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Complaints: the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

3 February 2021

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.

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Effective record keeping

2 February 2021

Clear, accurate records support clinical decision-making and patient care.

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Incident reporting

29 January 2021

Since April 2010, NHS trusts have had a statutory duty to report all serious incidents (SIs) so that lessons can be learned across the health service.

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Be alert to Lyme disease in patients

26 January 2021

Watch out for the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease.

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Withdrawing clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH)

19 January 2021

Guidance on making the difficult and emotive decision to withdraw life sustaining treatment from patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state.