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Relational continuity of care

THE benefits of a patient being consistently managed by the same clinician are undoubted - but is true continuity of care still possible in a hard-pressed NHS?

  • 30 March 2016
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Filling service gaps

Employing a locum or agency clinician to fill service gaps can cost more than you realise without some preparation to reduce potential risks

  • 29 February 2016
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Abuse in prescribing

Easy access to prescriptions and medicinal products can prove tempting for some clinicians looking to "self medicate" – but be in no doubt that abuse of prescribing is taken very seriously by the GMC

  • 27 January 2016
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Deviating from clinical guidelines

Clinical guidelines are not statutory codes - clinicians must use professional judgment in applying the principles to each unique situation they encounter.

  • 23 December 2015
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Complaints from grieving relatives

SENSITIVITY and tact are key when responding to complaints from grieving relatives, and clinicians must resist the urge to react defensively.

  • 30 November 2015
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Text messaging patients

ISSUING patient reminders or alerts can be a time-consuming task for practices which is why many are turning to texting - but there are risks to consider before clicking "send".

  • 28 October 2015
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Telephone consultations

TELEPHONE consultations can be a valuable and convenient clinical tool for both GPs and their patients - but MDDUS urges caution in routine use.

  • 25 September 2015
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Patient safety at the interface

There are a number of risks associated with handover and communication between secondary and primary care.

  • 28 August 2015
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Child protection – everyone’s responsibility

Not only do doctors and dentists have a professional obligation to act on any concerns they may have about the safety or welfare of a child or young person - they risk allegations of misconduct in failing to do so.

  • 29 July 2015
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Doctors dealing with dental emergencies

Are there any circumstances in which GPs or other medical doctors should be providing what amounts to dental treatment?

  • 26 June 2015
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