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GMC provides guidance on reflective practice
REFLECTIVE notes do not need to capture full factual details of an experience but should focus on learning or actions taken from a case or situation, says GMC guidance published to reassure registrants in light of the Bawa-Garba case.
“Write directly to patients”, doctors advised
HOSPITAL doctors should avoid medical jargon and write outpatient clinic letters in plain English directly to patients, rather than to GPs.
Two in five GPs have a mental health problem
A SURVEY of GPs conducted by the mental health charity Mind found that 40 per cent said they were experiencing a mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Clarity on antibiotic prophylaxis against infective endocarditis
NEW implementation advice on antibiotic prophylaxis against infective endocarditis aims to clarify the "non-routine circumstances" in which such treatment might be justified.
Integrating mental health therapists into primary care
NHS ENGLAND has drawn up new guidance to encourage GP surgeries to integrate mental health therapists into the service they offer patients.
NICE guidance on antibiotic treatment of cough
ANTIBIOTICS should not be administered as first-line treatment for cough, according to new draft guidance by NICE and Public Health England.
Expansion of electronic prescribing in England
ELECTRONIC prescribing in GP surgeries and pharmacies in England is to be expanded bringing estimated savings of up to £300 million for the NHS by 2021, according to the government.
Record numbers consulting NHS 111
THE number of patients in England using NHS 111 has grown steadily, with now around 20,000 people every day getting urgent health advice from a doctor, nurse, paramedic or other clinical professional over the phone, according to latest NHS data.
Emergency diagnosis of bowel cancer more common among deprived patients
OVER 13 per cent more bowel cancer patients living in the most deprived areas are diagnosed in emergency hospital admissions than patients living in the least deprived areas, according to a study funded by Cancer Research UK.
Wales to get new gender identity service
TRANSGENDER patients in Wales will soon be able to access care services closer to home, health secretary Vaughan Gething has announced.