Guides

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Guide to consent to dental treatment

14 June 2021

You must seek consent before any investigation or treatment, and certain criteria must be fulfilled for consent from a patient to be valid.

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Dangers of autonotes in electronic records

4 June 2021

Using autonotes to record information in a patient's records can lead to an inaccurate account of the appointment.

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Asking patients about drinking and smoking habits

28 May 2021

Asking patients if they drink or smoke often forms an important part of a consultation and treatment plan but may feel intrusive.

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Managing patients who decline to wear a face covering

10 May 2021

There may be a small number of patients who will not follow government guidance on face coverings in NHS settings.

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Written communication with patients

19 April 2021

A practice's communication with patients needs to make a positive impression - whether through its website, marketing literature or other written information.

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Setting out a written complaint response

13 April 2021

A properly composed written response is a crucial part of the overall complaints procedure.

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Reasons for patient complaints

6 April 2021

Most dental professionals will receive a complaint from a patient at some time in their career, so understanding why they occur is vital.

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Listening to patients, staff and dealing with feedback

22 March 2021

Patients and other members of the dental team can be a good source of feedback on the quality of dental care and treatment provided by the practice.

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The General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018

7 January 2021

Explaining the changes to data protection law introduced as a result of the GDPR and Data Protection Act.

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GDPR: Data subjects' rights

7 January 2021

GDPR makes data subjects' rights much more explicit. Here we explain your obligations.