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Post by Beachcomber on Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:10 am

There have apparently been occasions when reviews/interviews have been recorded and, given the reported conduct of some SMP's, is it highly desirable that an accurate record should be made. The subject of audio recordings has been discussed at the September 2017 NWEF meeting:-

1) Audio Recording
The SMPs in attendance advised they would not refuse the recording of their consultations but they would want to know in advance, they would want a copy of the recording and would expect the recording to made of evidential standard, recording the consultation on a smart phone would not be acceptable. The SMPs highlighted that recording the consultation ultimately would not change their decision so were unsure as to the reason for the recording, unless it was to assist the pensioner to recall what they had said during the consultation

It is in everyone's interest to have an accurate record of the process. That the SMP's were unsure about the reason for recording is puzzling and I can tell them that the main reason is that they are not trusted. Recording would certainly be helpful as an aide memoir for all concerned and the SMP who is acting in a professional, independent, impartial and respectful manner should welcome recordings.

I would like our own association to look into the matter of recording with a view to standardising our approach to the recording of interviews/reviews.

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Post by oldandintheway on Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:31 am

A smartphone is the only device that most people will have available to recort a conversation and is the way that police officers gather evidence in the field. So is the stance taken by these SMP's obstructive?


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Post by White Horse on Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:59 pm

No, I don't think that it is obstructive.
The problem with using an MP3 file recorder (such as a Smartphone or Sony ICD) is that those files can be easily edited. Providing two identical recordings by way of MP3 file or using 2x CDRs protects everyone. There is nothing they could do to stop you using an MP3 recorder covertly for your own purposes.

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Post by oldandintheway on Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:03 am

So what sort of device should be used? Should te pensioner to be reviewed demand, in advance, that the SMP should record the session and provide the IOD with a copy?


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Re: Audio Recordings of Reviews

Post by RedDog on Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:39 pm

Of course the official side are being obstructive! If they're so concerned about IODs editing their smartphone recordings then they should record them and provide IODs with an official copy just like the job do.

If the official side conducted the reviews fairly and adhered to the regulations then there wouldn't be any need for IODs to record them.

The GMC guidelines state that Doctors should expect to be recorded and their primary concern should be to treat their patient first. If they do not like being recorded then they can make efforts to transfer the patient to another Doctor after treatment!


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