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Seven good reasons to make a will

Half of the adult population dies intestate.  Yet a will is one of the most important documents you will ever write. This is particularly relevant to private practitioners who need to carefully consider the impact of their financial affairs throughout their professional lives and into retirement, keeping their will under periodic review. Here are seven good reasons why you should make one.

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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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Intellectual Property and Health Tech – potential pitfalls

Technology and innovation is at the forefront of current medical practice, with new software, apps and websites being released regularly. This article is designed to offer an overview of some of the potential mistakes you could make if you are considering the development of your own health technology from the intellectual property (IP) perspective.

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GDPR one month on – are you compliant yet?

GDPR day – 25th May 2018 – came and went with a flurry of Privacy Notices and Policies filling our in-boxes but did everyone take stock of their data and their responsibilities or are there thousands of businesses out there who are yet to up-date their systems and processes?

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GDPR – The Final Countdown!

GDPR - The Final Countdown! Are you ready for 25th May 2018? Make sure you don’t get caught out and seek legal advice to ensure your policies and procedures are robust and that your staff know and understand the new rules.

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Indemnity cover – what you need to know

All doctors and other healthcare professionals should be aware of the need for insurance or indemnity cover, but from time to time I am referred a client who, for one reason or another, doesn’t have cover for a case – be it civil litigation, regulatory (GMC) proceedings or a criminal investigation. This can be a disaster for many reasons.

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Revalidation – a trap for the unwary?

All doctors will be aware of the need to revalidate and the GMC’s responsibilities in this regard. Revalidation is the process by which doctors are required to demonstrate that they are up to date and fit to practise.  Doctors must revalidate every five years, and in order to do so they must have annual appraisals based on the GMC’s guidance, Good Medical Practice.

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GDPR How it affects health and social care businesses

Keeping confidential information about staff and patients secure is a responsibility businesses operating in the health and social care sectors have taken seriously for a long time. But the requirements are about to increase. From May 2018, organisations will need to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), an EU regulation.

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What are your obligations with The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – are you going to be ready?

Certain types of personal data must be treated with particular care due to the sensitive nature of that personal data. This is of course common sense. ‘Health’ comes under what the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) calls the ‘special category’, making it a mandatory obligation to comply with the GDPR and more especially if you work in the health professional field.

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