Guides

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

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Dictated notes and best practice

25 October 2021

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

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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. 

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Minimising risk in out-of-hours consultations

8 October 2021

There are various ways for GPs to minimise the risk involved with out-of-hours consultations.

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Fit notes

7 October 2021

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

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Online access to records

6 October 2021

What you need to know about online access to patient records.

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Using social media

6 October 2021

Advice for maintaining professional integrity and boundaries on social media.

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Text message communication in general practice

4 October 2021

Text messages are a low-cost and low-effort way for GPs to keep patients updated, particularly for large-scale communications such as flu jab reminders.

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An introduction to testamentary capacity

21 September 2021

What you need to know about assessing testamentary capacity - the ability or understanding needed to make a valid will.