Guidance

Hospital doctor pay scales for 2017/2018 – a 1% NHS pay rise

The Conservative Government awarded a pay rise of 1% for 2017/2018 in England to the hospital doctor pay scales. This followed a 1% increase in 2016/2017,...

How can doctors make the most of tax allowances at the end of the financial year?

While it can seem a daunting task, successfully managing and making the most of your tax allowances can potentially save you thousands of pounds each year....

Prepare early for retirement from the NHS – a summary guide for doctors

Navigating the retirement planning maze isn’t easy. With ever changing regulations and new pension freedoms, it can be a challenge for doctors to work ou...

NHS nurses, midwives, managers and directors pay scales for 2016/2017

Nurses and midwives in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have received a 1% pay increase for 2016/2017 after the four UK governments accepted t...

Medico-legal expert: new guidance on the instruction of experts in civil claims

The new Guidance for the instruction of experts in civil claims 2014 replaces the Protocol for the Instruction of Experts to give Evidence in Civil Claims...

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...

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 ...