Case file: Reduced treatment time
...Dr S points out that Mr V was 10 minutes late for a 15-minute appointment slot, leaving only five minutes for assessment and treatment...
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
New guides to help surgeons defend against negligence claims
NEW best practice guides to documenting common surgical procedures aim to help NHS teams in England defend against claims of negligence or poor practice.
Vignette: John Boyd Orr (1880-1971)
John Boyd Orr - Physician, nutritionist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Data protection: Recording telephone consultations with patients
Practices often record telephone calls but do you adequately inform patients of this – and what about data protection?
Ethics: Out of office – the ethics of taking a break
To ensure that staff take holidays is to avoid ethical dissonance between the rhetoric of ‘wellbeing’ and the realities of burnout and breakdown.
Case file: Delayed liver disease diagnosis
...A letter of claim from solicitors acting on behalf of Mr S alleges clinical negligence in the delayed diagnosis of his liver condition...
Professionalism: Pitfalls in social media use
Risk adviser Kay Louise Grant highlights the importance of being aware of professional expectations on how we behave online.
Wellbeing: Did I sign up for this?
Medical practice adviser Mimi Salgado offers a perspective and advice on handling the stress that comes with being a practice manager.
Book choice: Am I normal?
Review of the new book by Sarah Chaney.