3.1 Clinical Governance

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 3.1, Clinical Governance, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

All doctors need to understand the principles of clinical governance and use them in their professional practice. GPs and their practices are integral parts of a network of healthcare organisations, and ensuring the quality of patient care requires effective clinical leadership, teamwork and clinical audit.

GPs are more accountable than ever before. They are expected to place the needs of patients before their own interests, while at the same time identifying and responding to poor practice around them.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

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Medico-Legal - Duty to notify specified diseases

Medico-Legal - Duty to notify specified diseases

The MDU's Dr Mike Devlin provides updated advice on how to deal with notifiable diseases.

Practice dilemma - A high PSA result is missed

Practice dilemma - A high PSA result is missed

The dilemma: An elderly patient comes to see you in clinic for back pain and worsening...

Monitor your prescribing

Monitor your prescribing

Reflecting on personal prescribing habits is a useful learning exercise for appraisal,...

Preparing for revalidation as a locum
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Preparing for revalidation as a locum

Dr Linda Miller offers some tips on how to collate evidence for revalidation as a...

Medico-legal - Providing care as a Good Samaritan

Medico-legal - Providing care as a Good Samaritan

GPs should consider their legal and ethical position when providing care outside...

Professional development - How to prepare for an appraisal

Professional development - How to prepare for an appraisal

Minimise the stress and maximise the benefits of your annual appraisal, writes Dr...

Medico-legal - The importance of good records
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Medico-legal - The importance of good records

Keeping good records can seem a chore, but is necessary, says medico-legal adviser...

Viewpoint - How useful are clinical guidelines?

Viewpoint - How useful are clinical guidelines?

Dr Tim Stokes and Professor Peter Littlejohns of NICE argue the case with GPSI Dr...

Revalidation - Robust clinical governance is key
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Revalidation - Robust clinical governance is key

It is time to put your practice through a rigorous rules review, advises Professor...

Health inequality 'unacceptable'

The health gap between the most affluent and deprived areas in England remains 'unacceptable',...

Clinical skills assessment

In the first of a regular look at the nMRCGP, Dr Daryl Goodwin explains how to pass...

GMC offers ethics guide

GPs looking to brush up on Good Medical Practice can now do so online, thanks to...

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