Podcast | October 2019 magazine out now

In our 109th edition, Alacoque describes a legal case where a locum's tax status was different to their legal status, Rachel's being a Good Samaritan, Judith's been looking at therapeutic spaces, Louise has summarised the Nice hypertension guidelines for us, plus much more. Scroll down to hear the podcast. Click to view the magazine
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Locums as educators – every day is a learning day

Dr Rachel Birch, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at the valuable contribution sessional GPs can make to teaching and learning within primary care. Doctors as teachers As doctors, we are encouraged to share our knowledge and expertise with others, for the benefit of good patient care. In fact, the word “doctor” is derived from…
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e-learning | Managing abnormal liver function tests

This is a guideline on managing abnormal LFT that was published in 2017 by the British Society of Gastroenterology, but as it so useful I thought it worth summarising it. Key learning points for me: We should be investigating nearly all abnormal LFTs further and shouldn't use the duration or the degree of the abnormality…
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Podcast | Quiet please

The Royal Opera House orchestra was rehearsing Die Walküre. For more than three hours violist Chris Goldscheider sat in front of twenty brass players belting out Wagner at 90dB. His hearing was permanently damaged. The Opera House argued that artistic standards took precedence over the risk of acoustic shock, but the courts thought otherwise and…
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Planning for
 university fees

Are university fees looming in your household? Maybe your teenager is already collecting their belongings together ready to start their next chapter in life as a student. Even if your ‘mini-me’ has only just chosen their GCSE subjects, no doubt university fees will be something you ponder with some fear and trepidation. With maximum tuition…
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