Category: Common Jobs

Audits & Quality Improvement Projects (QIPs)

Audits & QIPs are a way to identify issues, drive changes and assess the effects they have. It is your way of making improvements in your workplace, where you can assess the impact they have to see if they were worthwhile. It is easy to make a poster, provide education or tell people to do

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Prioritising Jobs

I’m going to try and be as generic as possible so that hopefully these tips work across different specialities and settings for both in & out of hours. Over time you will find what works best for you and the team you are working in Whenever and wherever you are working, the most important tip

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Your eportfolio is a tool to store and record evidence that demonstrates your progress, clinical competencies and reflections. Try to add to your portfolio on a regular basis to avoid the rush to get forms signed at the end of a rotation. The e-portfolio will be reviewed during your rotations at meetings with your clinical

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Medical documentation should authentically represent every consultation and is primarily intended to support patient care. Good record-keeping means you or a colleague can reconstruct key parts of each patient contact without relying on memory.  In an event of a complaint or clinical negligence claim, evidence in the clinical records will be largely considered. Key points

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Death Certification

After a patient has died you may be asked to complete the death certificate. It may be issued by a doctor who has provided care during the last illness and who has seen the deceased within 14 days of death (28 days in Northern Ireland) or after death although note that many of these rules

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Discharge letters: hints & tips

Writing a discharge summary is a task you are likely to carry out every day, and despite the sense of monotony, it plays a critical part in the patient journey. Contents of a good discharge letter Writing a good discharge letter starts with understanding what purpose it serves. This is the only piece of information

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Demonstration video thanks to Geeky Medics Equipment Gloves Hand sanitiser Tourniquet Appropriate size cannula  Alcohol swab Gauze Syringe  0.9% sodium chloride vial Vacutainer/additional syringe if taking bloods too Cannula port/bung/octopus Cannula dressing Stickers to label cannula  Access to a sharps bin Introductions, handwashing, consent, check patient identifiers Apply tourniquet Identify suitable vein (as straight as

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Death Verification

As a new F1 in August, it can feel like quite a daunting task to verify a death, particularly if you have never seen this done before. This step by step guide will take you through the process of death verification to help make this task easier as you settle into your new role. Verifying

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Essential Apps

Here’s a list of apps that are in order of how essential we find them. There’s probably more out there so drop us a comment if you have any suggestions to add! Induction (free, available on iOS/Android)Can be used in ANY trust and once you’ve logged in it is trust specific. Perfect for having the

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Often one of the scariest things you can do as you will most likely be speaking to a more senior colleague in an unfamiliar speciality. However, as an F1, you may well know the patient best and therefore you may be best placed to refer the patient. Introduce yourself and say on whose behalf you

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