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
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 25
Two weeks on and the UK is still reeling from the result of the Brexit referendum. Regardless of where your heart lies, the result has rocked the global stock market, caused the pound to fall to its lowest value in 31 years, wreaked havoc amongst the UK’s political classes and arguably divided the nation. We analyse the possible effects of Brexit in...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
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 23
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.