10 questions to ask before giving feedback

Feedback is a crucial part of supporting patient safety – here’s how you can get it right
Team members interacting
Woman having a discussion Risk

When a patient refuses a chaperone

What should you do if a patient says “no” to a chaperone?

Photograph of pregnant patient undergoing ultrasound examination Dilemma

Consent and Gillick competence

A young patient refuses life-saving treatment. What would you do?

Drawing of striking workers Advice

Advice for junior doctor members during industrial action

Junior doctors should consider the impact of their absence and work collaboratively with their healthcare team to keep patients safe.

Teen girl playing football Case file

Just a sprain

...The surgeon expresses “surprise” that the diagnosis was missed in A&E and that there was no onward referral to an orthopaedic specialist...

Graphic of two people in a disagreement Case file

Threshold for a GMC investigation

...the building contractor threatens to report the doctor to the GMC over an alleged rude personal comment...

Surgical instruments in operating theatre Case file

Disputed consent for surgery

...the patient is unhappy with the cosmetic outcome and said he did not realise the surgery would be so invasive...

Painting of surgeon John Hunter with backdrop of skeleton Feature

A more perfect language than that of words

Allan Gaw celebrates the reopening of the Hunterian Museum in London and the inspiring figure at its heart.

Dr John Alcindor Vignette

The Trinidad doctor who became a local hero

John Alcindor - Dedicated clinician who furthered the cause of equality throughout his career.

Human hand touching robot hand Ethics

The human touch

Professor Deborah Bowman defers to AI for her latest column – and the results are rather less than human.

Pregnant woman with child Innovation

Online tool reduces disparities in pregnancy risk assessment

The Tommy’s Pathway can help offer personalised care plans to lower the risk of preterm birth or stillbirth in all women.

Eco graphic Environment

The mission to make the NHS greener

If healthcare was a country it would be the fifth largest carbon emitter in the world. But a number of innovative projects are giving cause for optimism.

Graphic of multicultural Viewpoint

Tackling race hate - a challenge the NHS cannot ignore

MDDUS chief medical officer Dr John Holden calls for swift action to tackle inequalities in the medical workforce.


NHS England to offer more choice to cut waiting lists

31 May 2023

Report uncovers "sickening level" of sexual abuse against NHS staff

26 May 2023

Home testing kits for hepatitis C

18 May 2023

Scotland withdraws guidance on the extended use of face coverings

16 May 2023

More sunny weather raises skin cancer risk

15 May 2023

Improved emergency waiting times "promising"

15 May 2023

NHS England pledge to improve GP access

15 May 2023

MDDUS Updates

Make sure you have the right level of MDDUS cover

31 May 2023

Plan ahead today for peace of mind tomorrow

25 April 2023

Advice for junior doctor members during industrial action

30 March 2023

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29 March 2023

Scottish GDPs: ensure you check your email inbox

31 January 2023

Supporting members with temporary GMC registration – make sure you update MDDUS

31 January 2023

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30 January 2023

Editor: Dr Susan Gibson-Smith

Managing editor: Joanne Curran

Associate editor: Jim Killgore

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