Dental practices are increasingly sensitive to the religious and cultural backgrounds of their patients, recognising that special arrangements may need to be made in order to accommodate an individual’s needs. However, when it comes to employees or workers at the practice, is it always possible to balance their religious observance against the clinical obligations of the practice? In this...Read More
The GDC is currently reviewing the application process for mediated route (or ‘knowledge and experience’ route) Specialist List Applications and has set up the working group to discuss the current application process and whether changes can be made to help simplify it.
As a result of Julia Furley’s extensive knowledge and experience in this area, and her regular successful appearances...Read More
We represent both dentists and dental practices alike and one question that we are continuously asked to advise on is employment status.
One of the main questions for a tribunal when determining employment status is whether the dentist is personally liable to perform the services under the contract. If they are required to personally perform the services then they will be deemed a...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 66
You may be one of the dentists that has worked as an associate for a number of years and have now decided that purchasing a dental practice and become a practice owner is a great idea. You may have spent some time looking at a number of practices and now wonder how to proceed with the acquisition of one of those practices. This article sets out the steps that you...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 65
Since traveling around the UK lecturing on the General Data Protection Regulations and how they’re affecting dentists and dental patient records when they came into force on 25th May 2018, myself and Laura Pearce found one question that keeps being asked relates to the security and retention of patients’ clinical records.
– How long do I have to retain...Read More
The General Data Protection Act, a brief history.
The GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 came into force on the 25th May 2018. The regulations were intended to provide Europe wide rules to protect individuals with regard to the processing of their personal data, and to regulate the movement of European citizen’s personal data across the world. The regulations included:
Enhanced rights...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 54
From 1st April 2015 the CQC introduced a new inspection regime for dental care providers. We explained the reasons for this in issue 9 of our dental bulletin. Here we go into more detail in respect of the CQC 5 key questions that are so important in every inspection.
The CQC 5 key questions
The CQC will ask whether your practice is:
3. Caring?...Read More
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
Although dentists may feel under attack a lot of the time, the risk of litigation is actually reasonably low. Dental 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...Read More
Our dental clients often contact us with questions regarding who has access to dental records 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 actually does...Read More