Latest updates and advice

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COVID-19 vaccinations and pregnancy

20 August 2021

Looking into recent information and advice available on pregnant women being offered a COVID vaccine.

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What to do if you need to attend a remote hearing

13 August 2021

Remote hearings, meetings and interviews are becoming more common post-pandemic. Our top tips will help you to prepare and present yourself properly.

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How to handle a data breach of confidential patient information

11 August 2021

Data security incidents in healthcare have increased, so it's important to know what action to take to address any loss of confidential information.

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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.

Pregnancy
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.

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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.

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.