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Covid-19 - Staff Risk Assessments

Risk Assessment Frameworks for Staff in General Practice during Covid-19 Covid-19 has presented a significant challenge in assessing and mitigating risks to all staff in healthcare settings. The early data from Italy indicated a high rate of infection and death amongst healthcare workers and...

Covid-19 Practical and Operational Issues

We are aware that there is a lot of information coming from a number of directions. With this in mind we are creating webpages for various issues that we have been asked about. Workforce Covid-19 - BMA Model Contract for Locum GP for temporary use Covid-19 - Practice Staff Risk...

Health and Wellbeing: Burnout

Ok, it’s time to get more serious now. If the constant stress of work and life is leaving you feeling disillusioned, helpless and worn out then you may be suffering from burnout. Burnout is a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion caused by excessive demands and prolonged stress....

Health and Wellbeing: Organisational Stress

So far we have considered the implications of stress and burnout for individuals. However we have another important dimension to consider – what are the practices responsibilities to manage stress caused by or made worse by work. As we have seen individuals differ in their risk of experiencing...

Health and Wellbeing: Stress

“Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that their demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize”. In short, it’s what we feel when we think we have lost control of events. The key concept here, is that it is an emotional and...

Health and Wellbeing: Introduction

We live and work in difficult times. Everyday the news seems full of bad news stories, the pressure of daily life seems to increase exponentially and there never seems to be enough time in the day. The NHS is facing unprecedented challenges as it struggles to meet increasing demands and...

Hepatitis B and Occupational Health

This is a complex area and one that keep cropping up. If in doubt after reading this then please contact the office. 1. Is there a requirement under the Regulations to prescribe and administer Hepatitis B vaccination for occupational health purposes? The Regulations requires GPs to manage...

Infection Control

MRSA Swabs for Hospitals (Pre-Op Screening) GPs are often asked to perform MRSA swabs on their patients on behalf of hospitals often as part of an assessment prior to admission for surgery. It has always been the LMC view that MRSA is not a community problem and that this is not part of core...

Legionnaire's Disease

Legionnaire's Disease is a potentially deadly disease caused by the legionella organism. The organisms can live in water systems used for air conditioning, showers, and cooling systems. Like with all the other risk assessments practices make on a regular basis, it should be a consideration but...

Mental Capacity

Adults have a right to make their own decisions, even decisions which may seem unwise to others. The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is legislation that protects and describes this right and it also safeguards for those who lack capacity. It is actually relatively easy to read for a piece of...

Needlestick Injuries

Does your practice have a Needlestick policy? I am sure it does as you require it for CQC, but do you know what it contains? A practice recently had a patient with a needlestick injury (NHS Choices guidance below) and advised the patient to attend A/E and then ended up on in the local paper -...

The Emergency Doctors Bag

What drugs should I carry or have accessible? GPs must be able to defend themselves on grounds of good clinical practice. Different practices operate in different settings with different resources around them i.e. a GP practising in a remote rural setting will have different considerations from...