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  • Not rocket science: writing a PDP
    In January 2018, the GDC’s new rules on CPD took effect. Susie Sanderson OBE, dentolegal adviser at Dental Protection and President Elect of the BDA, looks at writing a personal development plan (PDP)
    By:
    Susie Sanderson
    | 19 February 2018
  • Enhanced CPD – what does it mean for me?
    In January 2018, the GDC’s new rules on CPD took effect. Susie Sanderson OBE, dentolegal adviser at Dental Protection and President Elect of the BDA, asks: “Now it’s here, what does it mean for me?”
    By:
    Susie Sanderson
    | 16 February 2018
  • Robust regulation – not penny pinching
    Proposed merger of nine regulators should focus on fairness and accountability, not cost-cutting, says Medical Protection senior medicolegal adviser Dr Pallavi Bradshaw
    By:
    Dr Pallavi Bradshaw
    | 29 November 2017
  • NHS Scotland launches new complaints procedure
    A more patient-centred and open approach to NHS complaints handling has been launched in Scotland – it’s being called the Complaints Handling Procedure or CHP.
    By:
    Sara Dawson
    | 12 April 2017
  • Effective complaints handling
    Sue Boynton, Senior Dentolegal Adviser, discusses the importance of handling complaints professionally, and talks about the new complaints handling workshops which have been developed in partnership with NHS England.
    By:
    Sue Boynton, Senior Dentolegal Adviser
    | 26 September 2016
  • Infection control
    While deficiencies in infection control can often be the primary or sole reason for a complaint against a dentist, allegations of this nature are sometimes made as secondary issues in complaints that are primarily about something entirely separate.
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 15 August 2016
  • Winter's Rough Sleepers
    A guest post from Joyce Njenga, RDN and DHT Student at King’s College Hospital, about her experience volunteering for the charity Crisis, which ran a campaign at Christmas to provide dentistry for rough sleepers.
    By:
    Kevin Lewis, Dental Director
    | 09 March 2016
  • GDC in the spotlight
    The report from the Professional Standards Authority was released on 21 December. This 300 page report including the PSA’s investigation of the latest whistle-blower’s allegations does not make comfortable reading for the GDC.
    By:
    Kevin Lewis, Dental Director
    | 04 March 2016
  • Support for you in 2016
    The start of a new year is a great time to review your life and make changes. Dental Protection recognises that dental professionals face a number of challenges in the course of their chosen profession.
    By:
    Kevin Lewis, Dental Director
    | 12 January 2016
  • Fake dental equipment – don’t be caught out
    Would you or your practice team know a fake hand-piece from a genuine one?
    By:
    Kevin Lewis, Dental Director
    | 15 December 2015
  • Changes at the GDC - reasons to be optimistic
    Despite a whirlwind of change for the dental profession, there are many reasons to be positive for the future.
    By:
    Kevin Lewis, Dental Director
    | 15 December 2015
  • GDC’s fitness to practise improvements and hopes for sustainability
    The GDC’s Consultation on the 2016 ARF has been released, and we plan to continue our dialogue with the GDC to help maintain and embed the recent encouraging improvements to fitness to practise procedures.
    By:
    Kevin Lewis, Dental Director
    | 10 November 2015
  • GDC's proposal to freeze Annual Retention Fees
    The GDC’s recently released Consultation Document on its proposal to freeze the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) at its present level for a further year contains some concerning news.
    By:
    Kevin Lewis, Dental Director
    | 22 October 2015
  • Revision planning and beyond
    An overview of the National Recruitment Assessments
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 16 September 2015
  • DF1 Situation Judgement Tests
    What to expect and how to prepare
    By:
    Kathryn Russell, DF1 qualified University of Liverpool June 2014
    | 16 September 2015
  • Top tips for a final year student
    Essential points to help keep a positive mindset during your final year
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 15 September 2015
  • The tools for the job
    How to manage risky situations when the right tools are not readily available
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 05 August 2015
  • First-day fears – and fundamentals (Part three)
    Dental Hygienist Siobhan Kelleher discusses the key issues when venturing into the surgery for the first time without the support of the tutors
    By:
    Siobhan Kelleher
    | 31 July 2015
  • First-day fears – and fundamentals (Part two)
    Dental Hygienist Gemma Langford discusses the key issues when venturing into the surgery for the first time without the support of the tutors
    By:
    Gemma Langford
    | 31 July 2015
  • First-day fears – and fundamentals
    Dental hygienist and therapist Amy Workman outlines the key issues when venturing into the surgery for the first time without the support of the tutors
    By:
    Amy Workman
    | 31 July 2015
  • Direct access
    An insight into the GDC's current consultation with the dental profession, the government and the public
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 31 July 2015
  • Direct access - defining 'can do'
    As from 1 May 2013 patients have had direct access to dental care professionals working within the limits of their training and scope of practice.
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 31 July 2015
  • The dreaded CV
    Produce a CV to wow potential employers and guarantee you an interview
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 31 July 2015
  • Interviews
    Essential tips when preparing for an interview and how to impress your potential employers
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 31 July 2015
  • Top tips for CVs and applications
    Essential advice to help you stand out from the crowd
    By:
    The Young Dentist
    | 31 July 2015
  • The ABC of stress
    Bite size tips for dentists by stress management consultant Ros Edlin
    By:
    Ros Edlin, stress management consultant
    | 29 July 2015
  • Are you sitting comfortably?
    Estelle Zauner-Maughan offers advice regarding health aspects to consider during your dentistry career
    By:
    Estelle Zauner-Maughan
    | 29 July 2015
  • Working in New Zealand for UK Qualified Dentists
    Katherine Bromhall, BDS, shares her experience of working in New Zealand post-qualification
    By:
    Katherine Bromhall, BDS
    | 29 July 2015
  • Working in New Zealand
    Sian Williams expresses a few thoughts about her New Zealand experience
    By:
    Sian Williams
    | 29 July 2015
  • Practising in a scenic paradise
    David Crum, Executive Director of the New Zealand Dental Association explains why you might want to consider working in New Zealand.
    By:
    David Crum, Executive Director of the New Zealand Dental Association
    | 29 July 2015
  • A younger point of view
    Ryan Hennessey is a member of the DPL Dental Advisory Group who recently graduated from Dublin. Here he describes how the latest crop of graduates is planning the future.
    By:
    Ryan Hennessey, DPL Dental Advisory Group
    | 29 July 2015
  • Tales from down under
    Dr Muriel Mulhaire BDS, Melbourne and Dr Ahmed Giaziri BDS, Wollongong and Parramatta, share their experiences of practicing in Australia
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 29 July 2015
  • Working down under
    A useful profile of dentistry in Australia and some of the employment opportunities that exist
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 29 July 2015
  • Dental registration in Australia
    Find out more about practising down under
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 29 July 2015
  • Australian work visas
    A guide to temporary work visas in Australia and which one applies to you
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 29 July 2015
  • What is AHPRA?
    Important information regarding the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 29 July 2015
  • Employment opportunities
    A useful profile of dentistry in Australia and some of the employment opportunities that exist
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 29 July 2015
  • A brief guide to practising in Australia
    Annalene Weston provides a brief guide to practising down under
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 29 July 2015
  • Top tips for young dentists
    Essential advice to help you in your first practice and beyond
    By:
    The Young Dentist
    | 29 July 2015
  • The transition
    Glasgow graduate Shad Jaff outlines the challenges that come when stepping up from dental school to working life
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 29 July 2015
  • My first practice (Part three)
    Susie Sanderson reflects on her early days in general practice
    By:
    Susie Sanderson, Associate Dentolegal Adviser
    | 29 July 2015
  • My first practice (Part two)
    Jane Griffiths revisits her first year in practice
    By:
    Jane Griffiths, Associate Dentolegal Adviser
    | 29 July 2015
  • My first practice
    Charlotte Boyd recalls the first year out of dental school
    By:
    Charlotte Boyd, Associate Dentolegal Adviser
    | 29 July 2015
  • Dental risk management and ethics modules
    Earn CPD with our e-learning platform PRISM and develop your e-portfolio
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 29 July 2015
  • Looking for your first associate job?
    This article gives advice as to the questions you need to ask before accepting your first associate job
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 28 July 2015
  • What about a career in the armed forces?
    If you're unsure on your long-term career plans, you might want to consider applying to practice in the Royal Navy, the Army or the Royal Air Force. This article explores more about what's involved...
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 28 July 2015
  • How to be a stress-free foundation trainee
    Jennifer McMullan studied in Dundee and graduated in June 2014. This article explores how to overcome some of the anxiety you might experience when starting your foundation training position
    By:
    Jennifer McMullan
    | 28 July 2015
  • Recruitment process and career opportunities
    Dr M A Samad discusses life as a VT trainer
    By:
    Dr M A Samad
    | 28 July 2015
  • The self employed dentist
    Neil Morrison gives advice on making the change from salaried employment to self employment
    By:
    Neil Morrison
    | 28 July 2015
  • The next five years
    By:
    Michael Lessani
    | 28 July 2015
  • Restore? Extract? Replace? Refer?
    Nicholas Lewis considers some of the challenges when assessing the prognosis and predictability of restorative dentistry. This article is based on his lecture given during the Young Dentist Conference 2013
    By:
    Nicholas Lewis
    | 28 July 2015
  • When will I see you again?
    Hussein Hassanali discusses the importance of making suitable referrals for your patients
    By:
    Hussein Hassanali
    | 28 July 2015
  • Communication issues in oral surgery
    Claire Storey, Specialist Registrar in Restorative Dentistry, investigates the challenges around communication in oral surgery
    By:
    Claire Storey
    | 28 July 2015
  • Legal costs - fighting for your interests
    Cases before the General Dental Council consume a huge amount of time, effort and money. The associated legal costs represent a major part of this financial cost. But Dental Protection offers a lot more than defence – providing the best possible defence team is essential, but it is only part of the story.
    By:
    Kevin Lewis, Dental Director
    | 22 July 2015
  • The road to dental graduation
    Andrew Wilson recently graduated and he shares his experience in the lead up to that all important degree.
    By:
    Andrew Wilson
    | 22 July 2015
  • Surviving Final Year
    Hints and tips from Dr M A Samad, a graduate who’s been there, done that, worn the T-shirt and got a job at the end of it all...
    By:
    Dr M A Samad
    | 22 July 2015
  • Patient management in the transition from university to general practice
    You are expected by your patients to make the transition between a final year dental student to a general practitioner seamlessly and instantaneously. But, the learning curve is steep. Danya Sbano offers advice on how to step up to the challenge
    By:
    By Danya Sbano
    | 22 July 2015
  • What to expect in your final year
    Dr Hossein Amini uses his first-hand experience to guide you through the challenges you will face in your final year
    By:
    Dr Hossein Amini
    | 22 July 2015
  • Top 10 tips to get your dream job
    How you portray yourself in your application, CV and at interview stage can make all the difference when securing a job offer. Read our guide to give yourself the best chance of being offered a job
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 22 July 2015
  • The dreaded CV
    Writing your CV can be a daunting task, with everyone offering different views on what needs to be included. Our guide helps you through the process of getting yours right, so you'll stand a better chance of being selected for interview
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 22 July 2015
  • Interviews
    Everything you need to know about preparing for an interview
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 22 July 2015
  • Five top tips for CVs and interviews
    Our bitesize tips will help set you - and your CV - apart from the competition
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 22 July 2015
  • Developing a relationship with the team
    Mohammed Samad, a Dundee dental school graduate, reflects on how important a team approach is to a young dentist’s career.
    By:
    Mohammed Samad
    | 22 July 2015
  • Career progress options
    Kevin Harrison considers the options available on the dental career pathway after qualifying
    By:
    Kevin Harrison
    | 22 July 2015
  • Attention all final year dental students...
    What you need to know prior to starting a DF1 post in September.
    By:
    Dental Protection
    | 22 July 2015
  • Dentists in the press
    This month, the Consumers Association has once again chosen to target dental practices in some follow-up research attaching itself to the on-going Which? magazine “Clean up Dental Costs” campaign launched at the start of 2015.
    By:
    Kevin Lewis, Dental Director
    | 18 June 2015