I suspect a colleague has a drink problem. Can I raise concerns without proof?

As long as your concern is honestly held, you don't need proof. Turning detective to find evidence to back up your suspicions is unnecessary, and could lead to a delay when patient safety is at risk.

If the dental professional is a close colleague, you could approach them and explain your concerns yourself. Ideally, they will be honest about any problems and agree to seek help.

However, if they're unable to reassure you, don't allow personal or professional loyalty to override your duty to protect patients.

Contact our advice line or read our quick guide on raising concerns if you need help in this situation.

This page was correct at publication on 16/12/2021. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.