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Articles and features 22/08/2017

Regulatory differences between Scotland and England

Regulatory differences between Scotland and England

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The work of the Primary Care Trust or NHS Trust (familiar in England) is performed by the Health Boards and Dentistry under the NHS and is managed by the Practitioner Services Division (PSD).

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Articles and features 22/08/2017

SPSO complaints guidance

SPSO complaints guidance

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The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) publicationGuidance on a Model Complaints Handling Procedure is accompanied by a Statement of Complaints Handling Principles

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Articles and features 22/08/2017

The Children and Vulnerable Adults Barred Lists: An Overview

The Children and Vulnerable Adults Barred Lists: An Overview

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The DBS deals with criminal records checks (now known as DBS checks) and is responsible for maintaining the Barred Lists for both children and vulnerable adults. Inclusion on the barred list precludes an individual from participating in a regulated activity with the relevant group. For the purposes of this scheme dentistry is considered to be a regulated activity and all adult patients are considered to be vulnerable. Thus inclusion on either or both lists would effectively bring an end to a dentist or dental care professionals practice.

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Articles and features 22/08/2017

Record Keeping in Wales

Record Keeping in Wales

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Dental professionals are required to make and keep accurate dental records of care provided to patients, whether NHS or private. Dental Protection is frequently contacted by members who want to understand how long records should be retained by the practice.

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Articles and features 22/08/2017

What is happening at the GDC?

What is happening at the GDC?

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Stephen Henderson describes a campaign that has fundamentally changed the way in which the GDC’s Investigating Committee operates

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Articles and features 22/08/2017

New standards for conscious sedation 2015

New standards for conscious sedation 2015

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The report of the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation (IACS) in Dentistry was published in April 2015 and replaces the previous document, Conscious Sedation in the Provision of Dental Care (Department of Health 2003)

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Articles and features 22/08/2017

Shared decisions

Shared decisions

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Resistance to shared decision making often revolves around a perception that dentists have many patients who wish the dentist to make the decision for them. Whatever you think best. The difficulty is that just as Dentists have preferences for their style of decision making, patients also have preferences as to their desired level of involvement.

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Articles and features 22/08/2017

The minefield of implant dentistry

The minefield of implant dentistry

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In general, there are three approaches to achieve a safe passage through any minefield. The first is to find out exactly where all the mines are located before you start, and then to carefully plan a safe route – and stick to it.

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Articles and features 25/01/2017

Complaints Handling

Complaints Handling

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The key to complaints handling is a flexibility of approach. The complaints handling process should adapt to the needs of a patient and not the other way round. Although there is no single way to handle a complaint, there are some key steps that should always be considered...

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Press release 01/12/2016

MPS response to the Scottish Government’s Oral Health Plan for Scotland

MPS response to the Scottish Government’s Oral Health Plan for Scotland

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MPS welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Scottish Government’s Oral Health Plan for Scotland. The consultation is wide ranging, and MPS confines its comments to a small number of questions pertinent to our role as a protection organisation serving dentists and other members of the dental team. Read the full response below.

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Articles and features 15/08/2016

Infection control

Infection control

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In addition to several references in the press to “dirty dentists” this is the month that the case of Dr D’Mello returned to the GDC. More importantly, when the case is reported in the national press it has the potential to suggest that dental surgeries may not be safe or that cross - infection standards have been disregarded. One way to avoid such suspicion is to share your infection control routines with your patients at an early stage when they first come for treatment; adopt an “open house” policy.

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Press release 27/05/2016

Dental Protection explains new GDC statutory indemnity requirements f...

Dental Protection explains new GDC statutory indemnity requirements for all registrants

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In November 2015, the GDC changed the rules on registration to ensure that all Dentists and Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) have a statutory requirement to maintain adequate and them appropriate indemnity when practising dentistry in the UK.

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Articles and features 11/05/2016

Guidance for DCPs on Direct Access to patients

Guidance for DCPs on Direct Access to patients

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When the General Dental Council (GDC) decided to allow certain DCPs direct access to patients as of 1 May 2013, many questions arose. Dental Protection sets out its stall in this article.

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Articles and features 30/03/2016

Oral Healthcare Workers Living with HIV

Oral Healthcare Workers Living with HIV

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Following years of HIV-positive dentists not being allowed to practise in the UK, the Department of Health has lifted the ban, replacing it with a process regular testing and registration

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News and updates 07/03/2016

Your antibiotic prophylaxis questions answered

Your antibiotic prophylaxis questions answered

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Here you can find some of the most common questions surrounding antibiotic prophylaxis, and read our advice on this and NICE guidance.

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Press release 05/01/2016

Industrial action going ahead

Industrial action going ahead

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On Tuesday 5 January the BDA announced that talks with the Department of Health around the doctors in training contract dispute had ended and that it would proceed with industrial action. The first full strike is due to start on 12 January.

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Articles and features 09/11/2015

Local anaesthetic batch numbers

Local anaesthetic batch numbers

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Dental Protection is regularly asked about the obligation of the clinician to record the batch number of each local anaesthetic cartridge when providing dental treatment.

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Articles and features 21/08/2015

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

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Implants are used not only in oral surgery, maxillofacial surgery, prosthodontics and restorative dentistry but also in orthodontics, where mini-implants are sometimes used to provide anchorage. This position statement covers all forms.

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Articles and features 17/08/2015

Teledentistry - ​Additional complications...

Teledentistry - ​Additional complications...

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Like their medical counterparts, Dental Boards and Dental Councils around the world have been wrestling with this issue for some years now. Most regulatory bodies consider that when giving advice remotely in relation to the treatment of a specific patient, you are practising dentistry, even if you never actually meet the patient in person.

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Articles and features 17/08/2015

Teledentistry guidance

Teledentistry guidance

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As an international organisation, Dental Protection will often have gained experience from one country, which can highlight potential problems to drive and support members, when a similar situation arises in another country. One such topic is the remote provision of professional dental services, sometimes referred to as 'teledentistry'.

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