Anyone who provides a service to the public has a duty to make reasonable adjustments. This encompasses dentists and dental practices. If you fail to comply with this duty the patient with the disability can issue a claim against you in the County Court for discrimination and seek to recover damages, which can include an award for injured feelings. As if this was not bad enough, a failure to...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 31
Important Legal Update: on 25th of May 2018 the GDPR (General Data Protection Law) enters into force and it will apply to all organisations that collect or retain personal identifiable data from any European individual.
Do I need to register with the ICO?
The very nature of dentistry requires the practitioner to obtain the personal data of their...Read More
Do I need to register with the ICO?
The very nature of dentistry requires the practitioner to obtain the personal data of their patients; by obtaining and retaining this information they are deemed information processors under the Data Protection Act. Failure to register is a criminal offence. For information to be personal it must relate to a living person and allow that person to be...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 30
The question of employment status regularly crops up amongst the dental community. Most consider associates to be self-employed because that is the industry norm and how HMRC view associates. However, legally this is not always the case.
It is a common misconception that because a contract states it is ‘self-employed’ that will be the end of the matter....Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 29
A large percentage of your time is spent at work and you naturally build up relationships with those around you. However, as with any relationship, there are ups and downs and sometimes breakdowns can become irreconcilable.
With the cost of Tribunal litigation being high and very little chance of recovering such costs against a losing party, what are the...Read More
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 22
Fitness to Practice Hearing – Failure to Obtain Proper Consent
Dr Darfoor, a dentist, appeared before the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) on 18th January 2016. The allegations against him concerned the treatment of three patients during the period 2011 to 2014. The charges against Dr Darfoor ran over three pages of the judgment and included...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