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Governance & Confidentiality

DVLA

DVLA - Consent for the Release of Relevant Medical Information You do not need to see the written consent of your patient to share relevant information with the DVLA, the consent will have been given and this is legally assured In August 2009, rules called Consent by Assurance were implemented...

GDPR, Legal & Contracts - Audio & Video Podcasts and Recorded Webinars

You can record your reflections on this form or via your learning diary here: https://www.fourteenfish.com/about/learningdiary ​​CQC are particularly keen to see any evidence of your listening and how you apply it. NHS Property Services - Settlement Considerations In light of NHS Property...

Good Practice Guidelines for GP Electronic Patient Records

The links below give useful guidance on all aspects of GP electronic records, produced by the DOH, in conjunction with RCGP and BMA: Good Practice Guidelines for GP Electronic Patient Records, Version 4, 2011 (Full Version) Good Practice Guidelines for GP Electronic Patient Records, Version 4,...

InformationGovernance - Requests for Information from Dignitas

We have been made aware that Dignitas may contact a patients GP for information if that patient contacts them considering assisted suicide. How should you respond? The Suicide Act provides that 'a person who aids, abets, counsels or procures the suicide of another, or an attempt by another to...

Legal Disclaimer

We have taken every care in the preparation of the content of this web site which is designed and provided for health care professionals working in primary care in the UK. Every situation is unique and advice may change over time. You must therefore exercise your own professional judgement at...

Living Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Lasting Powers of Attorney

Enduring Power of Attorney An Enduring Power of Attorney was an instrument used by a person to nominate someone to look after their affairs. Any Enduring Power of Attorney executed prior to 1st October 2007 will still be valid. No new Enduring Power of Attorneys can be created. They have been...

Medical Records - Adopted Children

Under adoption legislation, an adopted child is given a new NHS number, and all previous medical information relating to that child is put into a newly created health record. Any information relating to the identity or whereabouts of the birth parents should not be included in the new record....

Medical Records - Handling and Retention

A brief summary of the more detailed advice is available here which includes advice about how long medical records should be kept. For definitive advice please click here: Medical Records Code of Practice 2021 GMC Good Medical Practice requires that: 'you keep clear, accurate and legible...

Medical Records, Online Access and NHS App

From April 2020 there is a contractual requirement for practices to offer all patients online access to all prospective data on their patient record unless exceptional circumstances apply. (Additionally, patients can also ask for their full retrospective medical record, this will require...

NHS.UK - Responding to Negative Feedback

Negative comments posted on the NHS.UK website. . . GPC has been made aware that there is some confusion concerning the procedures in place when a practice receives notification of negative comments posted on the NHS.UK website. To clarify. . . Practices are notified of a comment pertaining...

Online Access to Medical Records – Safeguarding

Accelerated Online Access - Safeguarding As of November 2022, patients with online accounts, such as through the NHS App, will be able to read new entries in their health records. This applies to patients whose practices use the TPP and EMIS systems (practices using Vision [Cegedim]...

Parental Responsibility, Access to Children’s Medical Records and Parental Disputes.

Basic principles Parental responsibility refers to the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities that most parents have in respect of their children. Parental responsibility includes the right of parents to consent to treatment on behalf of their children, provided the treatment is in the...

Patient Demographic Services (PDS)

Please refer to the following document for Guidance: Patient Demographic Services, Nov 2008

Recording Telephone Conversations

The principles to consider if you are thinking of recording telephone calls within your practice: You must not single out conversations with individual callers - i.e. you can't just record conversations with "difficult" patients, if you are going to record then this must be done as a matter of...

Summary Care Record (SCR)

What is Summary Care Record The SCR is intended to support patient care in urgent and emergency care settings. The SCR stores a defined set of key patient data for every patient in England except those who elect not to have one. This data makes a summary record created from information held on...