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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New contract that enforces continuity would make GPs and patients safer, says watchdog

A new GP contract that makes continuity of care an 'essential requirement' for practices...

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Safety issues with remote GP consultations 'extremely rare', study shows

Safety incidents are 'extremely rare' in remote GP consultations but risk is higher...

BMA England GP committee chair Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer (Photo: Sarah Turton/BMA)

BMA demands halt to 'increasing trend' of PAs substituting GPs

GP leaders have demanded a recruitment freeze on physician associates (PAs) and raised...

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Remote access to GP records risks domestic abuse survivors' safety, BMA warns

Remote access to medical records could put domestic abuse survivors and victims of...

Harold Shipman would be caught in today's NHS, says Sir Keith Pearson

Serial killer GP Harold Shipman would have been caught by the governance mechanisms...

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

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

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

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

A vast number of drugs and foodstuffs can raise or lower INR in patients who are taking warfarin (Photograph: SPL)

Prescribing - Ensuring safe use of anticoagulants

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

Good communication with colleagues is an important way of avoiding patient safety incidents (Photograph: SPL)

Improving communication skills with your colleagues

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

It is important to give the patient a full account of the investigation and outcomes, along with lessons learned for future practice

Practice dilemma - A high PSA result is missed

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