Steps for Locum to Ensure Proper Risk Management

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Steps for Locum to Ensure Proper Risk Management

Locum performs an integral role with NHS (National Health Service) in order to maintain and deliver a high level of care to patients. Although the challenging and unique task is hugely profitable but can land locum into great risks due to poor communication skills while negotiating with patients.

Given Below are Steps for Locum in Order to Ensure Proper Risk Management and Constancy of Care for Patients

Proficiency of Working -
Locums have the ability to fluctuate their clinical practices which hence is a remunerating part of working. In order to prevent themselves from pressure of working for a post that is absolutely different from the description or is an unmanageable workload that may effect patients safety, locums should make sure they work within their proficiency. Before signing a new or repetitive prescription, Locums should make sure they have efficient knowledge about patients health history. Therefore, GMC's guidance cautions doctors about safety medication and that every doctor is responsible for the prescription issued.
Health and Clinical Record -
To prevent themselves from the detrimental event, locums should keep essential notes of patients. A well maintained accurate record keeps Locum more aware about the patient. The records maintained should always be thoroughly revised and contemporary. It is important that patient's medical records should be relevant as it further helps the next doctor as a source of information. If the patient is in need of further investigation or treatment, make sure patient's record should include all the details required. 

According to MDDUS, there have been cases where patients had come up with medical signs or symptoms that were not included or penned down in the record. Proportionately, this led to delay in the treatment of the patient with chronicle or serious health issues. To curtail the risk of getting sued, locums should make sure the facts included are updated with the relevant information and are crossed checked twice. All discussions with patients should be included in the medical records.

Accurate and Factual Information -
As per MDDUS (Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland) common factor of clinical negligence is the poor communication skills. Misplaced information or mistakes while handling over the information can lead to delayed diagnoses and erroneous treatment that may effect patients health. Locums often find themselves on risk as the records provided to them are either incomplete or inappropriate which forge them to communicate to permanent medical staff. An accurate and informative information allows doctors to manage workload according to the practice needed. Treatment information should be discussed and shared with the patients so that their medication is coordinated.

(MDDUS is a UK-wide mutual organization offering doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals access to expert medico- and dento-legal assistance and professional indemnity. It was established in 1902.The risk management services are designed to help healthcare professionals manage and mitigate business and clinical risk through new and innovative communication channels. These are open to MDDUS members and build upon our long history of helping doctors, dentists, practice managers and their teams improve the quality and safety of patient care. Reference:

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