Category: Common Jobs

Referral Cheat Sheet

Our referral cheat sheet is our most popular resource having been downloaded thousands of times! It has key information to provide when referring to every specialty. Special thanks to Drs Ben Turner & Emma Thorley for leading the QIP that created this!

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Clinical recordings and the Correct Consent

In all specialities of medicine patient clinical recordings, whether this is photographs or visual investigations, are imperative1. Not only are they required for diagnosis and treatment of the patient, but use also extends to teaching and research publications1. Under the data protection act (2018)2 and in accordance with patient safety, it is important that patient

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Mental Capacity

Mental Capacity is the ability to make your own decisions at the time at which the decision needs to be made. The mental capacity act was designed to protect and empower people who lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It applies to those aged 18 and over.

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Fluid Balance

Almost every patient admitted to hospital receives IV fluids at some point in their journey. However, the body manages this, without the need for careful medical assessment and adjustment, as fluid balance is one of its core functions. Despite this, there are many situations where we need careful and controlled management. These include: Electrolyte disturbance

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Leadership

Although it can be scary to take on a leadership role, it is an essential role of junior doctors and a great opportunity to develop your skills. The scenarios in which junior doctors frequently lead include the ward round, MDT discussions & teaching students. Never undervalue your role in these scenarios. What it means to

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Morbidity & Mortality Meetings

M&M meetings discuss the outcomes of patients and mortality rates, with the view to improving clinical care, quality control and professional education. Their purpose is to learn from past issues rather than assign blame. In this article, we help you understand how to prepare cases & what the discussion involves. The Format Regular meetings that

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Understanding Types of Homes

Patients may live or be discharged to a wide variety of social care settings and understanding these is important for any foundation doctor. This can help you have conversations with patients and their families about the services the patient may already have in place on admission or will have on discharge. If you’re looking to

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Reviewing and Requesting Bloods

Here we focus on blood tests requests for a variety of common scenarios you might see in practice and also common further tests you may do as a result of the first abnormality. When ordering blood tests remember three rules Only do investigations which change your management You are responsible for reviewing or handing over

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Microbiology Discussions

A lot of your time as an FY1 will be spent on the phone to various other specialities. You’ll come across patients with infections in all your rotations, and – if they don’t present with one – it may develop during admission. So, it’s a good idea to make talking to Microbiology as productive (and

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