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Dealing with challenging patients

30 January 2023

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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Assessing fitness to drive

19 December 2022

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

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Patients wanting to record consultations

28 November 2022

What should you do if a patient wants to record a consultation, overtly or covertly?

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Patients in the public eye

3 November 2022

Patient confidentiality applies to all patients – no matter how famous or high-profile they might be.

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Storing information using a data cloud

1 November 2022

Storing patient information in a cloud can be useful – but it's worth making sure you've considered data security and confidentiality issues.

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The NHS complaints procedure in Scotland

1 November 2022

A concise but comprehensive guide to the Scottish NHS complaints procedure.

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Freedom of information

31 October 2022

What are the responsibilities for making information available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act?

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Protecting patient data

28 October 2022

Be mindful of how and where you store identifiable patient information.

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How to assess best interests

21 October 2022

Advice on assessing best interests when patients can't consent to treatment.

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Assessing mental capacity

20 October 2022

Assessing a patient's capacity to consent is essential, and it’s important to take all practicable steps to help patients make decisions.