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Raising concerns with senior colleagues

Written by Charlotte Hudson. Posted in MPS Advice Centre

MPS surveyed 1,052 newly-qualified doctors to find out about their experiences – one of the biggest issues was quality of care, with 51% having concerns over the quality of care in their workplace.

Over 60% of doctors in their foundation year 1 confided in fellow trainees about their concerns, whilst doctors in their foundation year 2 were more willing to discuss their quality of care concerns, with 67% raising the issue with their clinical managers. It is important that concerns about care quality are raised with senior colleagues. It is your responsibility as a doctor to do so, and patient safety should be your top priority.

 

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Top five medicolegal hazards

Written by JuniorDr. Posted in MPS Advice Centre

Good doctors apply clinical knowledge in a way that is legally and ethically correct – but all doctors can slip up. Here are survival tips for the top five medicolegal risks for junior doctors.

1. CONSENT

Junior doctors should not feel pressurised to do anything beyond their knowledge, experience and competence, this includes obtaining consent for a procedure that they are not familiar with. Failure to take consent properly can lead to medicolegal problems including complaints, claims and disciplinary proceedings. Consent is a process, rather than a form-filling exercise. Recent GMC guidance emphasises the importance of working in partnership with patients.

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Consent for end of life decisions

Written by Charlotte Hudson. Posted in MPS Advice Centre

Patients who are approaching the end of their life have the same entitlement to high quality care as other patients, and the GMC clearly sets out this expectation. You must treat patients and those close to them with dignity, respect and compassion, especially when they are facing difficult situations and decisions about care.

The GMC states that if you are undertaking an investigation or providing treatment, it is your responsibility to discuss it with the patient and ensure that they understand the risks and side effects as wellas alternatives, including no treatment. If you delegate this responsibility to someone else, you are still responsible for making sure that the patient has been given enough time and information to make an informed decision, and has given their valid consent.

 

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Working abroad - what you need to know

Written by Charlotte Hudson. Posted in MPS Advice Centre

Want to broaden your experience? Have a sense of adventure? Perhaps you have a passion to practise medicine in less-developed communities? Whatever your reason for wanting to work oversees, ensuring you’re well-prepared is a must.

Working abroad has become an ever more popular option for junior doctors, with the majority heading to New Zealand and Australia. Below are some tips to help you realise your dream.

 

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Standing up for patient safety

Written by Charlotte Hudson. Posted in MPS Advice Centre

hold handsImproving patient safety is no doubt at the forefront of everyone's minds following the Francis Inquiry. Charlotte Hudson reflects on the challenges doctors face in ensuring that good quality of care is delivered.

The GMC's Good Medical Practice states that patients must be able to trust doctors with their lives and that doctors must make the care of patients their first concern. The Francis Report found serious failings in leadership and culture in the Mid Staffordshire NHS, which Inquiry chairman, Robert Francis QC said went right to the top of the health service.

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