Guidance

How to avoid and deal with medical mistakes? Encourage honesty

Keep detailed patient records Begin by recording each decision that’s made and the reasons why. This is especially important if a patient has taken some...

Are you a ‘medical expert’ – with the right qualifications, training and experience?

An expert can be defined as “a person expert in [a] subject” and the adjective expert as meaning “highly practised and skilful, or well-informed, in ...

From med student to foundation year doctor: ten tips for success

1. Don't try to be all things to all men A wise old proverb that couldn’t be more truthful for first year medical students…you simply can’t be al...

NHS nurses, managers and directors pay scales 2014/2015

Nurses and midwives in England will not receive a cost of living salary increase this year after the government overturned the Pay Review Body’s (PRB) re...

Ten tips for doctors on growing a private practice – how to ‘do’ retail

Despite the economic gloom there are many opportunities for consultants to take their private practice to the next level, says Adrian Stevenson, an associa...

Ten tips on meeting the NHS digital challenge

Following heath secretary Jeremy Hunt’s recent challenge to the NHS to ‘go paperless’ by 2018, doctors and hospitals are going to need IT tools ...

GMC guidance on facilitation of patient suicide complaints

New guidance on how the GMC deals with complaints against doctors who may have helped patients commit suicide has been published. The guidance will ...

How to craft competent medico-legal reports

The ‘Jackson reforms’ in civil court procedure are close upon us. Extended ‘tracks’, fixed fees and non-recoverability of success fees will force l...

Whistleblowing: guidance for doctors on raising concerns

New guidance on whistleblowing has been published by the BMA. It follows an inaugural medical whistleblowers conference held in association with the Patien...

How to run a good ward round – advice for doctors and nurses

The Ward Round is the key vehicle for coordinating care for every hospital inpatient; the information shared is crucial to the ongoing care plan. The ward...

Advice for doctors on attending coroners’ inquests

There has been widespread media coverage recently regarding the Inquest into the death of Emma Stones, a 12-year old girl with cerebral palsy who died of s...