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Press release 29/08/2023

Frustration over access to dental care fuelling abuse against dental...

Frustration over access to dental care fuelling abuse against dental professionals

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In a Dental Protection survey of over 1,300 UK dental professionals, more than half (57%) say they have experienced or witnessed verbal or physical abuse from patients or their relatives in the past 12 months, with 64% of those saying the incidents resulted from frustration over long waiting times for appointments and 59% saying it related to the treatment they received.

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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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Press release 05/06/2023

Dental Protection proud to achieve Menopause Friendly Accreditation

Dental Protection proud to achieve Menopause Friendly Accreditation

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Dental Protection – the world’s leading not-for-profit, member-owned dental defence organisation – is proud to achieve the industry-recognised Menopause Friendly Accreditation.

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02/06/2023

Consultation response to the GDC Reporting guidance

Consultation response to the GDC Reporting guidance

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Dental Protection response to the General Dental Council (GDC) consultation on ‘Guidance on reporting matters to the GDC’

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Press release 31/05/2023

Urgent reform urged as dental professionals under investigation repor...

Urgent reform urged as dental professionals under investigation report suicidal thoughts and quitting dentistry

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In the case of GDC v. Williams, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment and held that supplemental fees (described as top-up fees) in addition to the NHS charge were permitted under the NHS Regulations - in this particular case for a more aesthetically pleasing ceramic crown.

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Press release 22/05/2023

Dental Protection: More specific timetable needed for GDC reform

Dental Protection: More specific timetable needed for GDC reform

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Dental Protection has raised concerns about the lack of progress with reform to the GDC’s legislation and has called on the Government to commit to a specific timetable for improving dental regulation.

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Press release 22/05/2023

Dental Protection comments on GDC v Williams “top up fees” judgment

Dental Protection comments on GDC v Williams “top up fees” judgment

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In the case of GDC v. Williams, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment and held that supplemental fees (described as top-up fees) in addition to the NHS charge were permitted under the NHS Regulations - in this particular case for a more aesthetically pleasing ceramic crown.

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Press release 09/05/2023

GDC Scope of Practice guidance should clarify boundaries in registran...

GDC Scope of Practice guidance should clarify boundaries in registrant roles, says Dental Protection

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Dental Protection has urged the General Dental Council (GDC) to provide further clarity on the boundaries for each registrant type and an assessment of complex skills in the proposed revised Scope of Practice guidance.

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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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Case study 02/05/2023

Dental trainee gets caught drink driving

Dental trainee gets caught drink driving

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A dental trainee gets arrested for drink driving in the first week of his new placement.

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Case study 25/04/2023

Unwanted attention from a patient

Unwanted attention from a patient

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A foundation dentist is the subject of unwanted attention from a patient.

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News and updates 28/03/2023

Arora review: Could there be lessons for the GDC too?

Arora review: Could there be lessons for the GDC too?

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Dental Protection updates members on the relevant work it has done to respond to the independent review of the Dr Arora case.

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Press release 28/03/2023

GDC draft indemnity guidance a positive step forward, says Dental Pro...

GDC draft indemnity guidance a positive step forward, says Dental Protection

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Dental Protection has welcomed further improvements by the General Dental Council (GDC) that aim to reduce the impact on those subject to investigations, improve case progression, and make best use of limited resources in the absence of regulatory reform.

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Case study 17/03/2023

Patient accidentally inhales crown

Patient accidentally inhales crown

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First-year associate dentist, Dr K, is shocked when their patient accidentally swallowed a crown during fitting. Dr George Wright, Deputy Dental Director of Dental Protection recalls the case.

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Articles and features 10/03/2023

School outreach programmes: What to consider before handing out free...

School outreach programmes: What to consider before handing out freebies and taking photos

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Practitioners who dedicate their time, effort and resources to school outreach programmes, generally do so voluntarily and with the best interests of the community at heart. But what happens when a seemingly innocent act endangers children? Dr Yash Naidoo, Case Manager at Dental Protection, shares a real-life experience.

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Press release 03/03/2023

Dental Protection welcomes GDC improvements

Dental Protection welcomes GDC improvements

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Dental Protection has welcomed further improvements by the General Dental Council (GDC) that aim to reduce the impact on those subject to investigations, improve case progression, and make best use of limited resources in the absence of regulatory reform.

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