Latest updates and advice

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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.

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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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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.

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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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New powers for the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

10 February 2020

The role of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) has been expanded to include how whistleblowing complaints are handled

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Organ donation law set to change to opt out system

11 October 2019

Organ donation will be moving to an 'opt out' system in 2020.

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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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Taking care of your wellbeing after medical school

30 July 2019

Dr Ellie Mein talks about what to expect during the transition from medical student to foundation doctor and offers some wellbeing advice for this busy period.