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Guidance, advice, and defence – all the protection you need under one roof

Dental indemnity safeguards dentists and dental professionals against the repercussions of dental malpractice claims and cases such as GDC investigations, allowing you to focus on delivering optimal patient care knowing your career, reputation, and finances are in safe hands.

Dental Protection membership gives you access to invaluable dentolegal advice and assistance supporting you through complex legal and ethical challenges. With our team of experts by your side, membership means you can practise with confidence, knowing whatever challenges you may face, we’re by your side and ready in your corner.

If any of the statements below apply to you please call us on 0800 561 9000.

• You are applying for membership for work undertaken in more than one country
• You are applying for membership for both medical and dental work
• You require membership of an existing Dental Protection Xtra scheme and undertake work outside of the group, for which you require individual membership.

If you have outstanding regulatory, licensing, registration body, criminal or disciplinary investigations your application will not be accepted

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Articles and features 15/02/2024

Dental elective: From theory to practice

Dental elective: From theory to practice

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Tilly Weerasuriya, a fifth year dental student at King's College London, shares her experience of taking her studies around the world, and the valuable insights she gained from it.

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Articles and features 22/06/2023

10 years on: Direct Access for dental hygienists and dental therapists

10 years on: Direct Access for dental hygienists and dental therapists

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This year marks the tenth anniversary of Direct Access. Evelyn Ferguson-Williams, Dental Case Manager at Dental Protection, provides an update as well as gives voice to concerns from our members about changes to Scope of Practice guidance.

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Case study 15/06/2023

Diagnostic errors: three case studies

Diagnostic errors: three case studies

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Dr Nuala Carney, Dentolegal Consultant at Dental Protection, looks at three cases involving diagnostic errors, all with very different outcomes

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Articles and features 15/06/2023

Ethical fingerprints: how our ethics can be impacted by clinical work

Ethical fingerprints: how our ethics can be impacted by clinical work

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Dr Martin Foster, Dentolegal Consultant at Dental Protection, looks at how ethics shape the traces dental practitioners leave in their patient care

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Articles and features 14/06/2023

Record keeping: a dental nurse’s perspective

Record keeping: a dental nurse’s perspective

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Evelyn Ferguson-Williams, Dental Case Manager at Dental Protection, explains the record keeping responsibilities of dental nurse, which are an essential part of their daily routine.

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Articles and features 02/05/2023

Understanding patient behaviour to educate and motivate

Understanding patient behaviour to educate and motivate

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Dental Protection member and award-winning hygienist Amber Ojak (@theedinburghdentalhygienist) explores how taking the time to understand patient behaviour can be key in improving oral hygiene and treating periodontal disease.

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Webinar 09/09/2021

InPractice 2021: dentolegal essentials in a changing world

InPractice 2021: dentolegal essentials in a changing world

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Saturday 16 October - 09.00 - 12.30. We’ve brought together a host of expert speakers to help members like you manage the risk you face today and practise with confidence.

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Webinar 03/07/2020

Recorded webinar: COVID-19 Infection prevention and control for denta...

Recorded webinar: COVID-19 Infection prevention and control for dental teams

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This webinar provides an overview to the dental team about Coronavirus and reviews the fundamental infection prevention and control measures that should be considered to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission within the dental practice.

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Workshop 08/10/2019

Mastering consent and shared decision-making

Mastering consent and shared decision-making

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When a patient is dissatisfied with the decision-making process surrounding their treatment, the risk of a complaint or claim can increase drastically. This workshop provides expert insights into conducting conversations with your patients. It will help you provide the advice they need to reach healthcare decisions that are right for them

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Webinar 09/04/2019

Recorded webinar: Building resilience and avoiding burnout

Recorded webinar: Building resilience and avoiding burnout

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It’s a terrible thing to experience, but burnout also has an impact on your dentolegal risk, and the safety of your patients. Join Dr Suzy Jordache and Dr David Monaghan for a webinar designed to empower you to identify and manage this very real threat that clinicians face. Date: Tuesday 9 April 2019 Time: 19.30 – 20.30

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Masterclasses 01/03/2019

Risk management masterclass for dental practitioners

Risk management masterclass for dental practitioners

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As an experienced dental practitioner you will know all about the risk of complaints and litigation. This masterclass can reduce your risk by developing your communication skills and teaching you a range of practical techniques to improve your patient interactions.

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Workshop 14/12/2018

Building resilience and avoiding burnout

Building resilience and avoiding burnout

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The demand placed on modern clinicians means the possibility of burnout is growing significantly, impacting both the quality of care and potential increase in risk to patients. This workshop will help you recognise the signs of burnout and give you the knowledge and confidence to manage the symptoms, recover and prevent reoccurrence.

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Workshop 01/07/2018

Mastering adverse outcomes

Mastering adverse outcomes

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​This workshop will give you the skills to successfully communicate with your patients should they suffer an adverse outcome during their care. Gain effective strategies and enhanced skills to help you respond, with an introduction to the ethical, legal and regulatory obligations that you would face following an adverse outcome.

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