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Healthcare assistants and the flu vaccination
Ensure HCAs are not tasked to provide flu vaccinations under a Patient Group Direction.
Criminal record checks
New rules mean certain "spent" criminal convictions no longer have to be declared by clinicians in England and Wales.
Reporting adverse drug reactions
Be sure to report any suspected adverse drug reaction to comply with GMC guidance
Policing migrant patients
The recent Queen's Speech once again raised the issue of healthcare and immigration status. So what are the obligations in primary care?
Inappropriate sexual behaviour in colleagues
New guidance from the GMC highlights a duty to report any concerns over the sexual conduct of a colleague towards a patient.
Chaperone guidance revised
Doctors can help avoid complaints of inappropriate behaviour by following new GMC guidance on chaperones.
Think carefully before de-registering a patient - even those who make frequent and unreasonable complaints
It goes without saying
MANY doctors rely on implied consent in their day-to-day practice, but be aware of its limitations.
Prescribing addictive medicines
When prescribing addictive medicines be sure to discuss fully the risks and benefits with patients.
Don’t turn a blind eye
Reporting a colleague over patient safety concerns is never easy - but failure to do so could leave you in professional difficulty.