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Covert video recording

CAN patients video record consultations or staff undertaking a clinical procedure without permission?

  • 30 July 2019
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Burnout is also a patient safety issue

THERE is well-established evidence of a causal relationship between reduced wellbeing of clinicians and patient safety risks within secondary care – and a recent study suggests the same is true in primary care.

  • 25 June 2019
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Research trial pitfalls

POTENTIAL legal difficulties involving medical trials can range from participant complaints to more serious allegations of fraud. Ensure that you're research ready.

  • 28 May 2019
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Time saving or risky business?

WORKFLOW optimisation utilising non-clinical admin staff has been shown to ease GP workloads but concerns have been raised it may put patient safety at risk.

  • 29 April 2019
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"Bigging up" the CV

Competition for prime positions in dentistry or medicine can be fierce so it is natural to want your CV to stand out from the crowd. But it is important to resist the temptation to “big-up” a CV with exaggerations, outright lies or half-truths in order to enhance your chances.

  • 28 February 2019
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Waiting for the ambulance

WHAT is a reasonable time frame to wait with a patient for an ambulance to arrive at home or on practice premises?

  • 30 January 2019
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Blurred boundaries

IT can be tricky remaining detached from patients on a personal basis, particularly for GPs who often have longstanding clinical relationships with individuals and families. Risk adviser Liz Price offers some advice.

  • 19 December 2018
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Zero tolerance – can it work?

VIOLENCE against NHS staff is on the increase - but can a new 'zero tolerance' Government strategy solve the problem?

  • 27 November 2018
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Plain English for patients

Clear and comprehensible outpatient letters are of vital importance for safe healthcare - and they should be addressed to the patient

  • 26 October 2018
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Remote monitoring risks

Last month we looked at digital prescribing alerts and how continual warnings designed to help clinicians could potentially increase the risk of errors as “information overload” takes over. In this article we focus on alerts and other risks associated with remote monitoring devices

  • 26 September 2018
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