Guides

A doctor's responsibility is to certify a deceased patient's cause of death by issuing a medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD).

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CCTV in healthcare

6 July 2022

The use of surveillance in healthcare settings can be problematic because of the need to protect patients' confidentiality.

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Handling complaints in the private sector

17 June 2022

Explaining the complaints-handling process in the private sector and the Code of Practice from the Independent Sector Complaints Adjudication Service.

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Fit notes

15 June 2022

A quick guide on issuing fit notes to patients who have been off sick, and your ethical obligations.

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Writing a report or statement

14 June 2022

Doctors may be required to prepare reports or statements for a number of purposes. Here are some general report writing tips.

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Disclosure to third parties

9 June 2022

What you need to know about disclosing patient information to third parties.

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'Good neighbour acts' and volunteering at events

6 June 2022

Make sure you have everything you need when providing medical cover at amateur and charity sporting competitions.

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Good Samaritan acts

6 June 2022

You have an ethical duty to offer help in an emergency if you can. Make sure you have adequate indemnity in place.

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Assessing mental capacity

31 May 2022

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

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Introduction to the NHS complaints procedure in England

25 May 2022

Your need-to-know quick guide to the NHS complaints procedure in England.