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NHS staff jumping the queue

MDDUS advisers are starting to see a rise in calls concerning NHS employees using inside access to expedite personal healthcare.

  • 31 May 2023
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Prescribing controlled drugs

Nearly half of fatal drug poisonings in the UK involve opiates - and clinicians remain at the sharp end. How do you avoid the pitfalls?

  • 28 April 2023
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Don’t fall foul of the law

When to tell your regulator about criminal proceedings

  • 31 March 2023
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Being prepared for unexpected medical emergencies

Would you know what to do if the practice was asked for access to its defibrillator?

  • 28 February 2023
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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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