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Safe, ethical practice learning plan

9.00 credits

This learning plan, created in association with the MDU, provides articles on key medico-legal and ethical aspects of GPs’ clinical work. Articles cover preventing and managing problems that can lead to complaints and claims against GPs and other primary healthcare professionals.

Each article contains expert opinion on key topics relating to clinical care and communication with patients and is accompanied by a post-test of knowledge.

Completing articles enables you to claim a suggested 0.5 CPD credits per article, although if you spend more time auditing and improving your practice in this area, you can record more credits.1

1 Revalidation: guidance for GPs. RCGP, 2016.




Practice

Informed decision-making

In the first of a free series on legal and ethical aspects of primary care, MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Beverley Ward looks at consent in the wake of a landmark clinical negligence claim. Key learning points for GPs include the current definition of informed patient consent, the way a material risk is determined, and how to approach obtaining informed consent. This article is provided by the MDU. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

Writing to a complainant

In this article, the second in a free series on legal and ethical aspects of primary care, MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Sissy Frank explains how a well-crafted written response can help resolve complaints. Key learning points for GPs include when to write a letter in response to a complaint, and what to include in the letter so as to maximise the chances of resolving the complaint. This article is provided by the MDU. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

Financial probity in general practice

This free module by MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Sally Old looks at the importance of financial probity in general practice, the third of a series on legal and ethical aspects of primary care. Key learning points for GPs include disclosing conflicts of interest and keeping records of gifts from patients. This article is provided by the MDU. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

Learning from significant events

MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Sarah Jarvis explains why it is important to analyse and learn from significant events. Key learning points for GPs include when to conduct an SEA, who to involve, and the steps to follow. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

Good record-keeping

In this free article, MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Sally Old looks at the essentials of good record-keeping in primary care. Key learning points for GPs include what should be included in records, and common pitfalls to avoid. This article is provided by the MDU. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

Social media and online criticism

In this free article, the MDU’s Dr Ellie Mein looks at the impact of social media and how the rise of patient review websites can affect doctors. Key learning points include how to navigate social media as a professional and responding to negative patient reviews. This article is provided by the MDU. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

Confidentiality and disclosing patient information

In this free module, Dr Oliver Lord from the MDU explores how the GMC’s 2017 guidance on confidentiality applies to general practice, using some typical medico-legal dilemmas. Key learning points include the extended scope of the guidance and the circumstances in which healthcare professionals can disclose information without breaching their duty of confidentiality. This article is provided by the MDU. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

The legal status of guidelines

In this free module, the MDU’s Dr Sally Old discusses the legal status of guidance from national and local organisations, and how to apply it in clinical practice. Key learning points include understanding the terminology used in recommendations from national bodies, and the importance of patient consent. This article is provided by the MDU. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

Dealing with the media

In this free module, Dr Beverley Ward from the MDU provides pointers on how to respond when GPs are approached by journalists about stories to do with patient care or alleged misconduct. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

Reducing the risk of a delayed or missed diagnosis

Dr Sissy Frank, medico-legal adviser at the MDU, offers this free module explaining how to reduce the risk of a delayed or missed diagnosis. Key learning points include the importance of good record-keeping and communication with patients. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

Protecting patient confidentiality when using email, texts and voicemail

This free article by Dr Ellie Mein, medico-legal adviser at the MDU, looks at the legislation governing use of email that contains patient information. Key learning points include relevant legislation and what to do if an information governance breach occurs. This article is provided by the MDU. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

Dealing with challenging patients in primary care

In this free module, Mr Jerard Ross, medico-legal adviser at the MDU, explains how to defuse situations involving challenging or angry patients. Key learning points include making the workplace safer, observing patients’ behaviour, and keeping good notes. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

Removing patients from your practice list

This free article by Dr Kathryn Leask, MDU medico-legal adviser, looks at the options when considering removing a patient from the practice list. Key learning points include the grounds on which a patient could potentially be removed from a GP practice list, and who should be informed if a patient is removed from your list. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

What to do if you believe a patient is unfit to drive

This free article by Dr Nicola Lennard, medico-legal adviser at the MDU, explains how GPs can balance their duty of confidentiality with their wider responsibility to protect other road-users and pedestrians. Key learning points include how to assess patients’ fitness to drive, and when to contact the DVLA/DVA. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

Parental responsibility and consent

This free article by Dr Kathryn Leask, medico-legal adviser at the MDU, highlights parental responsibility and discusses scenarios based on questions raised by GPs. Key learning points include who has parental responsibility, and whether both parents need to consent to treatment of a child. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

Confidentiality and consent when treating teenagers

MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Ellie Mein discusses the issues surrounding consent to treatment when the patient is a teenager. Key learning points include how to assess for Gillick competence, when to involve parents, and when to share information. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

Safeguarding vulnerable adults

Dr Kathryn Leask, MDU medico-legal adviser, discusses safeguarding vulnerable adults in primary care. Key learning points for GPs and other healthcare professionals include types of abuse, good safeguarding practice, raising concerns, and allegations about other healthcare professionals. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU
Practice

Assessing patients' capacity

MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Sissy Frank advises on what to do when assessing patients’ capacity to make decisions about healthcare. Key learning points for GPs and other healthcare professionals include steps to follow, how to document discussions about capacity, and when to seek a second opinion. This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

0.50 Credits
In association with the MDU