DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 35
The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) oversees the nine health and care professional regulatory organisations in the UK. Every year they undertake a review of their key statutory functions against the following four standards:
Setting and promoting guidance and standards for the profession
Setting standards for and quality assuring the provision of...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 34
On 28th October 2016 the London Central Employment Tribunal sent out its long awaited judgment in the case of Aslam & ors v (1) Uber BV (2) Uber London Limited and (3) Uber Britannia Limited. The Tribunal held that Uber drivers should be considered workers, as opposed to self-employed contractors.
Uber has already confirmed its intentions to appeal...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 33
Correctly categorising staff members can avoid HMRC fines
Do you employ associates and hygienists? Are they treated as self-employed or employees? Ensuring that you have correctly categorised your staff for tax purposes is extremely important. If you get this wrong you will be liable to pay PAYE contributions, interest due on payments and even HMRC...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 32
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...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
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
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 28
A DBS check, formerly a CRB check, is a check carried out on an individual before they take up new employment. It provides certain information about that person in relation to their criminal record and whether they are on either the adult or child barring list, which means they are barred from working with these groups.
However, a DBS check is not a...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 27
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%...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 26
Does your practice comply with the CQC’s ‘safeguarding’ requirements? Do you have policies in place and are your staff properly trained? If not, then now is the time to act.
On 22nd April 2015 the GDC announced that ‘safeguarding children and young people’ and ‘safeguarding vulnerable adults’ were to become part of the recommended CPD training for all...Read More