3.2 Patient Safety

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 3.2, Patient Safety, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

GPs are well-placed to tackle patient safety issues in primary care, both as individuals and team leaders. The challenge is to systematically identify and learn from significant events, through a culture of openness, reporting, and safety consciousness.
Patient safety should be an integral part of your approach to general practice, enabling you to react appropriately to changing circumstances and new challenges as they arise.

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

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Immunisation: What to recommend for travel vaccinations

Immunisation: What to recommend for travel vaccinations

Dr Mike Townend discusses the most important vaccinations including tetanus, poliomyelitis...

Medico-legal - Five patients you should not treat

Medico-legal - Five patients you should not treat

MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Edward Farnan warns about the five types of patient you...

Prescribing safety in primary care

Prescribing safety in primary care

Advice for GPs on how to avoid prescribing errors and improve monitoring of repeat...

Protecting children and young people - new GMC child protection guidance

Protecting children and young people - new GMC child protection guidance

The key points GPs must know about the GMC's new child protection guideline.

Prescribing - Ensuring safe use of anticoagulants

Prescribing - Ensuring safe use of anticoagulants

Prescribers must ensure that it is safe to issue repeat prescriptions for anticoagulants,...

Improving communication skills with your colleagues

Improving communication skills with your colleagues

SBAR is a structured communication tool that can prevent significant events in general...

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...

Consultation Skills - Reporting an adverse drug reaction

Consultation Skills - Reporting an adverse drug reaction

Identify reactions quickly and report as much information as possible, advises Dr...

Patient safety guidance to avoid 'near misses'

Patient safety guidance to avoid 'near misses'

Guidance has been published to enable general practice teams to learn from patient...

Taking the sting out of a complaint

Taking the sting out of a complaint

Responding quickly to a complaint can prevent it from escalating, says Dr Andrea...

Admitting responsibility for mistakes

Admitting responsibility for mistakes

You should never be afraid to apologise if you have made a mistake, says MDU advisor...

Clinical risk management in practice

GPs need to be aware of any possible treatment risks and take appropriate measures,...

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