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FAQ 22/08/2017

Direct Access FAQs

Direct Access FAQs

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The administration of local anaesthetics is governed by The Human Medicine Regulations. The GDC has no influence over this legislation and it is quite separate from the new direct access regulations.

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Advice 22/08/2017

Principle 3 - Obtain Valid Consent

Principle 3 - Obtain Valid Consent

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The GDC has very sensibly adopted the term 'valid consent' which helps to avoid the incorrect perception that giving patients information (informed consent) is sufficient to achieve a proper, valid consent. It isn't.

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Advice 22/08/2017

Principle 2 - Communicate Effectively With Patients

Principle 2 - Communicate Effectively With Patients

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In business, it is always a good idea to ensure that people who are making a purchase are made aware of the costs involved before agreeing to go ahead. In this way, any misunderstanding about the price can be eliminated.

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22/08/2017

Compiling a portfolio...a guide to a painless experience

Compiling a portfolio...a guide to a painless experience

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Emily Hooper graduated from Bristol Dental School in 2013. She completed DF1 in Bath and has since completed Dental Core Trainee positions in Bristol and Newcastle. She currently works as a DCT 3 in Paediatric Dentistry.

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30/01/2017

DFT...there is another way

DFT...there is another way

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Saleem Hasanally is in his third year post-qualification after choosing to do his vocational training over two years at Porth Dental Teaching Unit in Wales. If you're thinking DFT is the only way, read Saleem's experience of training another way.

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11/01/2017

To DCT or not to DCT? That is the question.

To DCT or not to DCT? That is the question.

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Hannah qualified from Peninsula Dental School in 2015 and went on to complete her DF1 on the Oxford Scheme. Today she is a DCT1 in Paediatrics and Oral Surgery at Birmingham Dental Hospital, but she found the choice of applying for DCT a difficult one to make.

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Advice 07/11/2016

Antibiotic Prophylaxis

Antibiotic Prophylaxis

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Recent research suggested that rates of infective endocarditis (IE) have risen in recent years and in view of the new research, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) reviewed the existing guidance produced in 2008. After weighing the available evidence in 2015 NICE concluded that the existing guidance was in fact still appropriate and should remain the relevant standard in the management of patients at risk of endocarditis.

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