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Record keeping – how to avoid criticism by a critical eye

Record keeping is a subject widely discussed, the subject of much advice and guidance, but regularly got wrong. It is important that records are accurate, not only to ensure safe and appropriate patient care, but also as a safeguard for you if things go wrong.  After all, your records are (or should be!) a first hand, contemporaneous account of your appointment with the patient and therefore, arguably, the most reliable source of evidence as to what happened.

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Hincks v Sense Network

It is commonly accepted that when a person applies for a job, they will usually be asked to provide a reference from their previous employer. By the same token, employers are usually willing to provide a reference for an employee leaving their employment and doing so is standard practice.

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When does notice take effect?

The Supreme Court handed down a judgment last week in the case of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood confirming that where a contract is silent on when notice is deemed to be given, notice takes effect when it is actually received by the employee and they have read it, or had a reasonable opportunity to do so.

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