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Facing challenges during industrial action

Healthcare professionals may face challenging situations during strike action and must work collaboratively and within the limits of their competence

  • 31 January 2023
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Altering clinical records – do’s and don’ts

Clinical records should be made contemporaneously - but there are occasions when it's reasonable to alter an existing record

  • 30 December 2022
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Are you delegating safely?

Clinicians can delegate responsibility for a task but not accountability

  • 22 November 2022
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Burnout risks patient safety

There is a well-established causal relationship between reduced clinician wellbeing and increased patient safety incidents - and the rise in the incidence and severity of reported burnout is concerning

  • 31 October 2022
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Adding “violence warning markers” to patient records

It may be tempting to add a warning marker or alert to aggressive patients' records, but MDDUS urges caution

  • 30 September 2022
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Don't get caught out on indemnity cover

You wouldn't drive a car or go on an expensive holiday without insurance, so it's vital healthcare professionals don't practise without appropriate indemnity cover in place. 

  • 31 August 2022
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Unwanted advances

How would you deal with the difficult situation of a patient making romantic advances? Risk adviser Kay Louise Grant offers advice on maintaining boundaries with patients.

  • 29 July 2022
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Patients having treatment abroad

A gradual easing of travel restrictions with the fall in serious Covid-19 cases may be welcome news but it does present challenges when patients seek treatment abroad and then present with complications back in the UK.

  • 30 June 2022
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Professional pitfalls in social media use

Social media is now a part of all our lives – and it is important to be aware of expectations on how doctors and dentists should behave online.

  • 31 May 2022
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Recording telephone consultations with patients

Organisations often now record telephone calls to monitor quality control and for training purposes. But do you adequately inform patients of this – and what about data protection?

  • 29 April 2022
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