Guides

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Doctors' health and wellbeing: sources of support

12 November 2021

Medico-legal concerns can be extremely stressful for healthcare professionals at every level, but there are lots of places you can turn to for help if you need it.

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Avoiding diagnostic delays in myeloma

12 November 2021

Myeloma is the third most common blood cancer in the UK, but early diagnosis can improve a patient's prognosis and quality of life.

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Dictated notes and best practice

5 November 2021

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

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Online access to records

29 October 2021

What you need to know about patients accessing their records online.

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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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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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Diabetes diagnosis

20 August 2021

A delay in the diagnosis of diabetes can mean a patient misses out on the opportunity for appropriate screening and monitoring or preventive treatments.