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The education of a vaccinator

There were some frustrations in training for the vaccination programme, but now I am ready and anxious to get to work It started with a phone call from a GP friend. She was gathering names of retired doctors to volunteer for the vaccination programme. Did I want to join them? Yes, of course. I heard…

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Caught in the ‘no man’s land’ of care

Clear communication is vital between primary and secondary care, writes Ms Julie Price, Consultant Clinical Risk Advisor to Medisec Effective timely communication among healthcare providers is central to safe care and is particularly important between primary and secondary care. It ensures delivery of high-quality care for patients in a collaborative and efficient way, whilst making…

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Getting over the stigma hurdle

One step towards improving our mental wellbeing is learning to admit when we are not feeling well Today I “attended” the IMO AGM, by which I mean it was transmitting from my laptop while I pottered about tidying up after breakfast, reorganising the knives in the dishwasher and putting on the fifth load of laundry.…

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How to be a doctor and a mother

Becoming a mother has given me new insight into the doctor-patient relationship, but I still have questions about how to combine being a parent with my job as a GP Despite the confidence of this column’s title if anyone came here looking for answers to the question posed above I’m sorry – I don’t have…

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The intimate links between health and happiness

Good physical health appears to contribute to happiness, while happiness appears to contribute to good physical health Is there a link between physical health and happiness? If so, how strong is the association and what can we do to optimise the benefits that good physical health can bring to our sense of mental wellbeing and…

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Promoting your medical services

Dr Rachel Birch, Medico-legal Consultant at Medical Protection, provides advice on the promotion of a clinical practicefrom a medico-legal perspective Staying up to date on clinical knowledge and skills is fundamental to good medical practice, but doctors should also be mindful of how they present themselves, and their practice, to the public. Many doctors are…

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Understanding informed consent

Ms Suzanne Creed, Clinical Risk Advisor at Medisec, explains what exactly is meant by informed consent Informed consent is a process of communication between a patient and their doctor, providing sufficient information for the patient to ‘make a choice’, about their proposed intervention, ie, a patient-centred approach.Obtaining informed consent is a fundamental principle of medical law.…

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Receiving and storing patient images

The increased use of remote consultations during the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of queries about the receipt and storage of images sent by patients. Dr Rachel Birch, Medico-legal Consultant at Medical Protection, reviews the relevant guidance The medico-legal implications of obtaining and storing images of patients, including children, are increasingly coming under the…

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Throwing those curtains wide open

The recent WiMIN conference might have taken place remotely, but it provided much needed respite and allowed us to travel into each other’s universes for a brief period of time “This time last year” (as many of us have been saying recently) I was getting ready to pack our car with excited children, a supportive…

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Child welfare and protection – know your statutory obligations

Claire Cregan, Legal Counsel in Medisec, outlines the statutory responsibilities placed on registered medical practitioners in relation to child protection Children are among the most vulnerable persons in our society and it is our responsibility to protect them and keep them safe. Regrettably, we cannot prevent all abuse from taking place but it is important…

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