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Articles and features 22/08/2017

Record Keeping in England

Record Keeping in England

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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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What to expect when the CQC inspect

What to expect when the CQC inspect

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has stated that it intends to inspect approximately 10% of dental providers and that it will not apply ratings following inspections.

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Articles and features 22/08/2017

Support with CQC - Fundamental standards

Support with CQC - Fundamental standards

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Receiving and acting on complaints: a summary of complaints, responses, correspondence and other relevant information identified must be provided to CQC within 28 days of a request.

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Support with CQC - Duty of candour

Support with CQC - Duty of candour

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The duty of candour, which was introduced by the government through Regulation 20 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014, applies to dental practices from 1 April 2015.

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The CQC – What you need to know

The CQC – What you need to know

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All healthcare organisations that provide regulated activities have to register with the CQC. Here's a little background along with advice on who is affected and how to apply for registration.

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The NHS Complaints Regulations

The NHS Complaints Regulations

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The Local Authority Social Services & NHS Complaints (England) Regulations 2009 came into force on 1 April 2009 and introduced a revised procedure for the handling of complaints by local authorities, in respect of complaints about adult social care, and by NHS bodies, primary care providers and independent providers in respect of provision of NHS care.

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NHS complaints regulation - The Ombudsman

NHS complaints regulation - The Ombudsman

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The Ombudsman takes the view that complaints handling should be ‘Do it once do it right’. The Ombudsman will be looking for an appropriate, proportionate response which meets the principles of good complaints handling.

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NHS complaints regulations - what’s new?

NHS complaints regulations - what’s new?

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Patients who remain unhappy after local resolution is complete may request a review of their complaint by the Ombudsman. The person responding must inform the complainant of their right to take their complaint to the Ombudsman Health Service. Effectively what was a three-stage procedure is simplified into two stages.

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Record Keeping in Northern Ireland

Record Keeping in Northern Ireland

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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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The HPPS Regulations 1996

The HPPS Regulations 1996

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The Health & Personal Social Services (Disciplinary Procedures) Regulations 1996 currently govern disciplinary proceedings in relation to family health practitioners, including dentists.

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The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority

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The Regulation and Improvement Authority (Independent Healthcare) (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 came into effect on 1 April 2011.

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Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

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Healthcare Improvement Scotland replaces the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care (the Care Commission)

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Mental Capacity and Consent

Mental Capacity and Consent

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As dental professionals are aware, obtaining appropriate consent depends on providing patients with sufficient knowledge and information to allow them to make a decision.

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Protecting vulnerable groups

Protecting vulnerable groups

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The Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme) went live in Scotland on 28 February 2011. This new membership scheme is intended to replace and improve upon the current disclosure arrangements for people who work with vulnerable groups.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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