Ethics toolkit for medical studentsThis toolkit gives medical students an introduction to common ethical problems they may encounter and practical ways of thinking to help solve issues.
Confidentiality and health records
Retention of health recordsHow long should patient medical records be kept retained? Here we set out tables of types of records and the length of time they should be kept.
Access to health recordsHow to handle requests, including subject access requests, requests from third parties such as insurers and the police and requests for records of deceased patients.
Confidentiality and health records toolkitOur toolkit is your starting point to address difficult decisions arising out of the duty to protect confidentiality.
Appointing a data protection officer (DPO)We give guidance on how to appoint a data protection officer in a GP practice to comply with GDPR, who they are and what they do.
GPs as data controllers under GDPRGP data controllers' responsibilities under the GDPR, the main themes of the legislation and ensuring compliance. The guidance should be read alongside the UK Data Protection Act 2018.
Sharing local electronic patient records for direct patient careThe following principles are to support GP practices considering how to share patient records with other healthcare organisations.
GDPR privacy notices for GP practicesPosters you can use in your GP practice to notify patients about how you handle their data.
Requests for medical information from insurersWe cover what you need to know when dealing with requests from insurance companies - principles to follow, subject access requests and electronic signatures.
Disclosing patient data for secondary purposesWe provide guiding principles to assist LMCs and GP practices in considering how to respond to requests for patient data for secondary purposes.
Giving patients access to medical reportsSteps for doctors to take when a patient asks to see their medical reports.
Taking and using pictures and recordings of patientsThe guidance covers photos, videos and recordings of patients of all types. The guidance reflects the basic principles of the GMC guidance on making and using visual and audio recordings of patients.
Doctors' responsibilities with anti-radicalisation strategyExplaining the doctors' role in the Prevent training programme to counter terrorism and how it affects confidentiality and consent.
Patients recording consultationsOur guidance answers if patients can record doctors without permission or covertly, how to respond when a patient asks to record their appointment and what to do if a covert recording is posted online.
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