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Safe delegation

DELEGATION utilised carefully and with due safety is a practical way of enhancing the delivery of care – but remember you delegate a task, not full responsibility.

  • 27 February 2018
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Winter pressure equals burnout

PRESSURES in the NHS always increase at this time of year – and so inevitably does the risk of burnout amongst doctors. Long hours and a hard-working culture might seem "all part of the job" but not at the expense of patient safety and personal health.

  • 29 January 2018
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Watching the watchers

Do you make use of video surveillance in your practice? The Information Commissioner’s Office has significantly revised its CCTV code of practice and these changes must be considered in addition to requirements from the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and developing technologies.

  • 18 December 2017
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Antibiotics – damned if you do…

CERTAIN things are sadly inevitable as winter approaches, including the upsurge in demand for antibiotics. How do you balance that with the risks of overprescribing?

  • 27 November 2017
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Altering patient notes

CLINICAL notes are an important record of the encounters between medical or dental staff and their patients. Altering them in a less than honest or straightforward way can result in serious consequences.

  • 27 October 2017
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Confusion over administering flu jabs

FLU season will soon be upon us and questions regarding healthcare assistants (HCAs) administering flu vaccinations are already being raised on a regular basis with the MDDUS advisory service. Practice adviser Helen Ormiston addresses confusion over the necessary requirements.

  • 29 September 2017
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Prying into patient data

A SPATE of recent cases prompts a reminder of the potentially serious consequences of prying into patients’ medical records without a legitimate reason.

  • 29 August 2017
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Addressing unsafe rotas

PATIENT safety can be affected by your presence as well as your absence. Liz Price offers advice on raising concerns over potentially unsafe rotas.

  • 28 July 2017
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Keeping safeguarding records safe

SAFEGUARDING potentially vulnerable children can pose particular challenges to doctors and dentists - and the processing and storage of records and case conference reports is a frequent issue.

  • 03 July 2017
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Gift or abuse of trust?

IT'S a common dilemma for many clinicians – when are "tokens of gratitude" more than just that and is it ever really okay to accept a gift from a patient?

  • 25 May 2017
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