If an associate fails to meet their UDA target and the NHS imposes a Contract Sanction as a result, the Practice will want to ensure that they are protected against any losses. This can be achieved by inserting a clawback clause into the associate agreement, requiring the associate to pay a fixed amount for any unachieved UDAs.
However, care must be taken when using clauses of this type....Read More
If an employee has been accused of serious misconduct, an employer may wish to suspend the employee whilst an investigation is carried out. However, employers often forget that suspension should be a last resort and not a matter of course.
In this article we set out the circumstances in which you can suspend an employee and give practical tips for managing the suspension process.
When can you...Read More
Although dentists may feel under attack a lot of the time, the risk of litigation is actually reasonably low. Complaints can often be dealt with through excellent communication skills and a willingness to listen and respond sensitively to the concerns raised by the patient. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to resolve disputes or complaints by patients internally. This can be the result...Read More
Our dental clients often contact us with questions regarding the disclosure of dental records to people other than the patient. Dental practices will receive requests from family members, other dentists, external organisation such as social services and coroners and sometimes even the police during the course of a criminal investigation.
In this article we clear up the confusion over who...Read More
Can I treat a young person without their parent’s consent?
Whilst the Children’s Act of 1989 states that a person legally becomes an adult on their 18th birthday, young adults aged 16 or over are presumed in law to have capacity and are entitled to consent to their own treatment. However, their refusal to accept medical treatment can in some limited circumstances, such as risk of death or of...Read More
The festive period is often a time when staff are in good spirits and looking forward to the Christmas break. However, as an employer you have to manage staff holiday requests, avoid religious discrimination and make sure staff behaviour appropriately at social events, when often the consumption of alcohol is involved.
Here are our 5 top tips to help you manage your staff this Christmas.
The GDC specialist lists were introduced in the UK in 1998 as a result of developments in European Legislation. European registrants with qualifications in Oral Surgery or Orthodontics gained in a Member State are automatically recognised in any EEA country. This is due to the training standard for these specialisms being regulated by EU law.
It is up to individual Member States as to whether...Read More
What is an employee reference?
Employee references can contain information regarding an employee’s skills, temperament and ability to undertake the role offered. They can be provided in either a personal capacity, by a colleague or friend, or by an employer on behalf of the company that employed them. The reference can be in writing or given orally; the legal obligations being the same...Read More
The documents you produce in a court case could win or lose it for you. However, you cannot pick and choose what evidence you want the court to see. The duty of disclosure means disclosing documents that help or hinder your claim.
At present, the courts generally require the parties to undertake ‘standard’ disclosure. Standard disclosure requires a party to...Read More
Processing personal data is commonly prohibited, unless it is expressly allowed by law or the person whose data it is has consented to it. Since 25 May 2018, a dentist obtaining consent has to record when and how the patient consented to having their personal data used and stored. Remember you do not need consent for treating patients, but you would for certain types of marketing, such as...Read More