Latest updates and advice

Discarded mask in bin
Dealing with patients who decline to wear a face covering

3 August 2021

There may be a small number of patients who will not follow government guidance on face coverings in NHS settings.

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General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service

23 July 2021

The new service will collect GP data on a daily basis to help support health and care planning and research.

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Medical examiners to scrutinise deaths in the community

24 June 2021

The medical examiner system is now expanding out from acute trusts to include community settings, including GP practices.

Learning from maternal deaths during the pandemic

12 April 2021

The lessons that can be drawn from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch's (HSIB) report on maternal deaths.

What you need to know about new GMC guidance on prescribing

12 March 2021

The GMC's new prescribing guidance, Good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices, is due to come into effect from early April '21.

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Assessing best interests when patients can't consent to treatment

8 March 2021

How to make a best interests assessment.

The Caldicott principles: the proposed updates explained
The Caldicott Principles: the proposed updates explained

28 February 2021

Medico-legal adviser Dr Kathryn Leask discusses the proposed changes to the Caldicott principals.

Prescribing errors
Warfarin: learning lessons from complaints and claims

25 January 2021

Warfarin is a commonly prescribed medication in primary and secondary care. In the majority of cases it is a safe and effective drug, however it does need careful monitoring and can interact with other commonly prescribed medications.

COVID-19 vaccination: your questions answered

8 January 2021

We answer your questions about the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

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New guidance for doctors planning to join GMC register from other European countries

7 January 2021

Guidance advises how doctors who qualified in other European Economic Area (EEA) countries can apply to join the General Medical Council (GMC) register after the end of the Brexit transition period.