MPS analysed data from 107 Clinical Risk Self Assessments (CRSAs) undertaken in practices in 2014. Risk associated with test results was found in 72% of practices, which was the sixth riskiest category, after confidentiality, prescribing, communication, health and safety and medical records. Locum GPs may be particularly concerned that they organise blood tests and x-rays…Read more
About: Rachel Birch
Writer and editor at MPS. MPS’s educational risk management workshops, ‘Mastering Professional Interactions’ and ‘Medical Records for GPs’ provide further information on the risks to patients and doctors when patient care passes between doctors, and on good record-keeping. They are free as a benefit of membership to MPS members too.
Recent Posts by Rachel Birch
As a sessional GP you may not feel comfortable raising concerns about a colleague, but patient safety comes first so it is important that you speak up, writes Charlotte Hudson, Content Editor at MPS. You are a salaried GP in a busy practice. After three months you start to notice that the quality of care…Read more
MPS Medicolegal Consultant Dr Rachel Birch shares a case scenario involving a locum GP who was working in a practice with poor prescribing issues Dr L was working three days a week as a maternity locum at a busy medical practice. Every day she was asked to manage the acute prescription requests, even though she…Read more
Dr Rachel Birch, MPS medicolegal adviser and sessional GP, presents two case scenarios highlighting fit note GP guidance on how to handle patient requests for fit notes (GANFYD) and letters Fit note scenario 1 You are doing a one-day locum. You see Mr H, a 32-year-old patient with a six-week history of low back pain.…Read more
Sessional GP and MPS medicolegal consultant Dr Rachel Birch shares a case scenario about a patient who stalked her GP Dr L worked as a locum GP in Manchester, doing maternity and other long-term locum jobs within the city practices. Five years ago he saw a female patient, Miss X, with mental health symptoms. He…Read more
Every UK doctor will have to meet the professional standards set out in the GMC’s new Good Medical Practice. Charlotte Hudson outlines why good communication is particularly important for sessional GPs. In general practice communication has to extend to a wide range of people, so there are many opportunities for it to fail. Communication between…Read more
Sometimes, being open with patients when things go wrong is not as easy as you may think, particularly if you are a sessional, says MPS writer Sarah Whitehouse. Following an adverse event, being open and admitting something has gone wrong is essential to maintain a patient’s trust. Encouragingly, in a recent survey 92% of MPS…Read more
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