The GDC Specialist Lists were introduced in the UK in 1998 as a result of developments in European Legislation. As of October 2015 of the 40,953 registered dentists there were 4342 registered specialists; an increase of 31 on the previous year. A significant number of patients require specialist dental treatment each year; in 2012/13 approximately 3.5% of all NHS outpatient appointments were...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 24
4 Types of Apprenticeship
There are currently four types of apprenticeship in England:
1. Contracts of apprenticeship;
2. Apprenticeship agreements – these are applicable to contracts entered into before 26th May 2015 or where there is no approved apprenticeship standard (this is explained in more detail below) and that comply with the legal framework;...Read More
The words ‘CQC inspection’ can strike fear into the heart of most dentists. Even if you have fully prepared for the day, a sense of panic can still wash over you; what if I have forgotten to put in place a policy for tooth pick assembly; what if the receptionist forgets how to answer the telephone; what if the nurse wears the wrong colour scrubs.
Fear not; with good planning and preparation...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 21
In our last dental bulletin we gave some practical tips on how to manage persistent sickness absences and minor misdemeanours. However, managing personalities, as opposed to conduct, is a much harder skill and employers need to tread carefully or risk alienating staff or even having a claim issued against you.
In this second part of managing people, we...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 20
If you are a practice owner, being able to make difficult decisions but still come across as a fair manager will help maintain staff morale. But how do you strike a good balance between the two? If you are too hard you will be seen as a tyrant and staff will look to leave; but if you are too soft your employees will take advantage.
Managing people is a...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 17
Have you ever thought about what will happen to your practice in the event of your death? Who will look after your business should you be incapacitated for a temporary period?
With recent press reports heralding the news that we will be working far longer before retirement, the issue of death in practice is sadly likely to become more prevalent....Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 16
Every dental practice knows that it can take years to build up a loyal patient following but a matter of days for this to be destroyed by an ex-associate. Normally, a practice seeks to protect its goodwill by adding restrictive covenants into an associate, or even an employee, contract.
However, will your covenants stand up in court if you need to...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 12
In October 2012 a positive duty was placed on all employers to automatically enrol ‘eligible job holders’ in to a qualifying pension scheme. For most Dental Practices the relevant date for complying is likely to be early next year. If your Practice has not been given the relevant date yet, then you should expect notification imminently. A failure to...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 9
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) began operating on the 1stApril 2009 and was created to regulate and inspect health and social care services. Since its inception a number of additional services have come under its umbrella, including Primary Dental Care Services as of 1st April 2011.
In recent months the CQC has come under fire from the Medical...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 2
I recently wrote about the Professional Conduct Committee’s assessment of the GDC’s conduct during the Fitness to Practice investigation of Dr Singh. Because of the appalling conduct of the GDC in that case, the hearing was abandoned, however it will subsequently be re-listed for a full hearing. The purpose of the legal application made was to stop the unfair...Read More