Latest updates and advice

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Cultivating compassion

20 June 2022

The Medical Mediation Foundation team offer some tips on how to build your capacity for compassion.

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Fit note certification extended to more healthcare professionals

16 June 2022

A wider range of healthcare professionals will be able to certify patients fit to work.

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Dealing with patients who decline to wear a face covering

10 June 2022

What to do if patients refuse to wear a face covering or mask when deemed necessary.

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Getting back into the room

9 June 2022

Oscar Mathew, director of the Medical Mediation Foundation, shares some insights from conversations with medics about reinstating face-to-face connections.

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Delayed diagnosis of ovarian cancer

10 March 2022

Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed in its late stages with more women dying from this type of cancer than any other gynaecological malignancy.

Avoiding diagnosis delays in endometriosis
Avoiding diagnosis delays in endometriosis

7 March 2022

Diagnostic delays for endometriosis can occur, with many of the symptoms similar to other common medical conditions.

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Healthcare assistants and flu vaccinations

12 January 2022

Healthcare assistants can administer flu vaccines, provided robust protocols are in place that follow the legal framework.

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Anaesthetists reminded to 'stop before you block'

6 January 2022

New guidance on anaesthetic nerve blocks aims to avoid errors.

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Change in law on botulinum toxin and cosmetic fillers for under 18s

14 October 2021

Fillers and Botox cannot be administered to under 18s for cosmetic reasons in England.

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Updated guidance on medical records management

23 August 2021

New guidance on records management and retention periods in England has been published.