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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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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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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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Case study 11/05/2016

When work threatens to destroy your life

When work threatens to destroy your life

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I’m the sort of person that cares too much and becomes emotionally committed to my patients. While kind and caring patients appreciate this, when a patient sets out to destroy you it takes over your own life instead...

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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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Case study 17/03/2016

More than I bargained for

More than I bargained for

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I didn’t really want to work for anyone else when I graduated, I just liked the idea of being my own boss and so I found my own premises to set up in. I’m happy still with the decisions and choices I made, although it came with challenges...

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Case study 13/01/2016

The day my patient nearly died

The day my patient nearly died

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I was working as a young graduate dentist some years ago. I had three years of experience since graduating, and like many dentists starting their careers I worked at two different practices. I had recently started doing three days per week at a practice unsupervised and I felt confident in my clinical experience to do this, comforted by the knowledge that I could refer if required...

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Case study 15/12/2015

My first year in practice: a country change

My first year in practice: a country change

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The prospects for 2015 became exciting and far more concrete when I was given the opportunity to take up a full-time position in Roma with the South West Hospital and Health Service. After a quick Google search of how far away Roma actually was, I decided on a country change; from the white sandy beaches of Gold Coast to the red soil of south-west Queensland...

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Case study 11/11/2015

Orthodontics 101 - Tips for the new graduate

Orthodontics 101 - Tips for the new graduate

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Children can often be the foundation stone of a successful dental practice as how you treat and look after someone’s child will often influence the attendance patterns of the parents and other family members.

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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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