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RiskCredits

To encourage participation in risk management CPD, we reward dentists with reduced subscriptions as part of our package of risk management initiatives.
  • The RiskCredits reward programme is only valid for members paying Ireland membership rates and who attend or who have attended an eligible risk management event.
  • RiskCredits are not available to dentists in Northern Ireland who pay UK membership rates.
  • For any queries please contact membership services.

Although continuing professional development (CPD) after graduation is not yet mandatory in Ireland, there is much that you can do to protect yourself against the increasing claims frequency that dentists here are experiencing. It is important to be aware that the Dental Council’s Code of Practice pertaining to Professional Behaviour and Dental Ethics states that all dentists have an obligation to maintain and update their knowledge and skills through risk management CPD.

For many years, Dental Protection has rewarded Ireland dental members who choose to participate in relevant risk management CPD. This reward is part of a wider package of risk management initiatives that can help reduce the frequency of claims. For this reason, the reward is only available to members paying a membership subscription for work in Ireland = and who have participated in the events listed on this page.

RiskCredits are awarded for risk management CPD carried out in the previous membership year. Please note you can only use CPD hours to count towards RiskCredits once and CPD must have been carried out in the previous 12 months of membership.

One RiskCredit will be awarded for every hour of verifiable risk management CPD declared from the list below of recognised activities, which are events organised by Dental Protection or where Dental Protection has provided a speaker. The number of RiskCredits will equal the number of hours that the Dental Protection lecturer speaks, for example, a one-hour lecture from one of our Dentolegal Donsultants will equal one RiskCredit.

 
  • Members with no RiskCredits = 0% discount
  • Members with some, but fewer than 7.5 RiskCredits = 7.5% discount
  • Members with between 7.5 and 15 RiskCredits = 15% discount
RiskCredits Submission Form


You will be sent a RiskCredit submission form when your renewal is due, or you can download one below. Please use this form to record any RiskCredits you have achieved since your last renewal date. All Dental Protection event and conference certificates can be downloaded from our online learning hub PRISM once event feedback has been completed. Please DO NOT submit CPD certificates with your submission form but be aware that you may be asked to provide proof of the declared risk management CPD at some point during the renewal process.


Qualifying activity
  • Dental Protection face to face workshops (all titles) – 3 RiskCredits each.
  • Virtual workshops (all titles) – 2 RiskCredits each.
  • Virtual conference - Young dentist conference (1-5 years post qualification); Dental Protection conference - 3 RiskCredits each.
  • Dental Protection webinars - 1 RiskCredit each.
  • Dental Protection online learning courses via PRISM – Risk management modules, ethics modules, and reflective learning; 1 RiskCredit per hour of online learning completed.
Blended learning

Quite deliberately, the formats of the above risk management activity are a combination of online activity, distance and reflective learning, and didactic sessions in a small group or webinar/conference environment. We believe there are benefits in each of these approaches and although everyone will have a different preferred learning style, direct contact with professional colleagues is generally a beneficial part of the overall mix.

Mechanics

During the renewal process members will be asked to declare any verifiable CPD undertaken within the previous membership year from a list of approved activities up to a maximum of 15 hours.

Frequently asked questions

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    What are RiskCredits?
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    This is an initiative introduced by Dental Protection in 2013 whereby members can claim up to 15% reductions on the normal full subscription rate according to their level of participation in risk management activity that has been approved by Dental Protection. You will be sent information regarding RiskCredits with your renewal notice.

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    How do I claim RiskCredits?
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    You will be sent a RiskCredits submission form with your renewal notice or you can download a RiskCredits Declaration Form. Please fill this in with the qualifying risk management CPD you have completed in the previous 12 month period. Please do not submit CPD certificates with your submission form (you may be asked to provide proof of declared CPD at some point in the renewal process).

    At least one hour of verifiable risk management CPD must be achieved by attending a Dental Protection approved event or lecture.

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    How do I know my RiskCredits discount has been applied?
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    You will receive a letter and a certificate. If you pay by Direct Debit you will be sent a new payment schedule and if you pay by other methods, you will be sent an invoice.

    You will still be able to claim the IDA membership reduction.

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    Will I automatically be put into the correct category?
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    When you receive your next membership renewal it will be at the full discounted rate and you will be required to submit your Risk Credit submission form each year for review. You will find the appropriate form included within each renewal pack or downloadable from our website.

    The IDA reduction will still apply, at each renewal, . If that position changes you need to tell us immediately so your membership can be updated from the date your IDA membership ceased.

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    What happens if I am paying the wrong subscription?
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    As a member it is your responsibility to ensure that you are paying the correct subscription for your membership by providing us with full and up to date details of your practice including the geographical location, the full extent of the work done, your position held and any other relevant factors. Our membership categories and their qualifying criteria are regularly reviewed and they do change from time to time – you are strongly advised to check at every membership subscription renewal date that the category and rate that you are paying is still the correct one. Failure to pay the correct subscription can have very serious consequences including; the suspension of your membership benefits; a refusal by us to assist or to provide you with indemnity in respect of any claim or matter and/or your membership being declared void or being terminated.

    If you have any queries regarding your subscription category, please contact our Service Centre helpline on 1800 932 916 or email member.help@dentalprotection.org