Latest updates and advice

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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.

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Receiving and storing patient images from online consultations

1 May 2020

Patient images can be helpful in remote consultations, but be aware of the medico-legal issues around receiving and storing them.

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Providing work-related vaccinations to practice staff

17 September 2019

The CNSGP scheme will not usually indemnify work-related vaccinations for practice staff - unlike the MDU.

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Common queries from foundation doctors

22 July 2019

Dr Ellie Mein shares some of the most common reasons foundation doctors call the MDU, and explains what you can do if you find yourself in a similar situation.

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Tips for a trouble-free festive period

27 November 2018

The festive period is a busy time of year for GPs, so here are some tips to help with the medico-legal issues that might arise.

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What foundation doctors need to know

25 July 2018

Dr Ellie Mein shares some of the most common reasons foundation doctors call the MDU, and explains what you can do if you find yourself in a similar situation.

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Tips for foundation doctors from the MDU

11 April 2018

Five tips for foundation doctors.

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GPs advised on avoiding missed cancer diagnoses

22 September 2015

GPs advised to be aware of NICE referral guidelines to avoid potential delays