Guides

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The principles of good record keeping in the Republic of Ireland

8 March 2021

Good records support patient care - and can mean you're not vulnerable to criticism in the event of a complaint or claim.

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Appearing in court or at a tribunal in the Republic of Ireland

8 March 2021

Providing a statement will often be the last you hear of a matter, but there are occasions when you will need to attend court.

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Deaths, inquests and the coroner: an introduction for doctors in the Republic of Ireland

8 March 2021

An overview of the coroner's role in the Republic of Ireland, plus notifying and reporting deaths.

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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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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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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.

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Avoiding diagnostic delays in heart failure

19 January 2021

Delays in diagnosis can be due to the vague and non-specific signs and symptoms that patients may present with to their GP.