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 5
Every dentist knows how important it is to obtain consent from a patient before conducting any physical examination or undertaking treatment on a patient. In this article we look at the legal issues surrounding consent, namely the definition and consequences of not obtaining it.
There is no statute setting out the definition of consent;...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
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 1
In recent times there has been criticism by dentists of the GDC’s approach in Fitness to Practice proceedings, in particular the culture of “naming and shaming” those who are unfortunate enough to come to their attention. So it may not surprise many dentists to hear that the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) have made some damning criticisms of those...Read More