Risk management

Welcome to our section on risk management for GP locums and salaried GPs. The Medical Protection Society has supported the NASGP for over 10 years with help and advice for Sessional GPs around the management of risk, and here you find all those articles.

As you look through them, please feel free to leave your comments at the bottom of any page.

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Delays outside your control

March 25th, 2017

As a GP, you're part of a system. So what happens when the system is failing? You only have to pick up a newspaper to read about the widespread effects of funding cuts on the NHS. Long waits in A+E, d...

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When the going gets tough

January 13th, 2017

Managing your own wellbeing can be difficult as a locum, as prioritising your own health and safety over the needs of a practice could sour your relationship with that practice. However, it is importa...

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A challenging colleague

September 16th, 2016

Whilst being a locum GP can have 
many advantages, there are possible drawbacks. Locums may not know the GP partners or the practice set up and can potentially find themselves working with a difficult...

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Avoiding pitfalls on home visits

Home visits

March 4th, 2016

Seeing unfamiliar patients on home visits from an unfamiliar practice in an unfamiliar area. What could go wrong? Dr Rachel Birch from the MPS gives some helpful advice. Dr S was working at a semi-rur...

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Referral risks

Standardised Practice Induction Pack

October 19th, 2015

Dr V was working for three days as a locum in a busy general practice. She had not worked there before and the job was arranged at short notice. On her final day she saw a 35 year old mother of two wh...

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Holiday prescribing

September 24th, 2015

Dr L was the duty doctor on call. She received a message from reception. Mrs A had been in and had asked for a repeat prescription for her warfarin tablets. She was only issued with a prescription for...

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How to safely follow up a patient

September 5th, 2015

Whether it's for a learning need, for your annual NHS appraisal, or because you've had a change of heart, it's important for us as professionals to do, so doing it safely is of paramount importance. O...

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Test results

July 6th, 2015

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 categor...

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Speaking up


April 17th, 2015

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. ...

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Gone FISHing

March 6th, 2015

One the many advantages of being a freelance GP is having more time for conversations. At the time I resigned from my partnership, I’d been watching Breaking Bad and the value of our NHS hit me again....

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