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Complaints and claims for clinical negligence can arise many years after treatment and, in the absence of records, it may be difficult or impossible to defend an allegation successfully.

Writing a report
Setting out a written complaint response

16 July 2019

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

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How to write a professional witness dental report

25 June 2019

A dento-legal report is more complex than a clinical report. Writing it correctly may minimise any requests to you for clarification.

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Reasons for patient complaints

5 June 2019

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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Effective complaint handling

15 April 2019

Handling complaints quickly and effectively is key to avoid the situation escalating.

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The NHS and social care complaints procedure: local resolution

29 January 2019

Wherever possible, it's best to try and resolve complaints at the local level. Here's what you need to know.

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Complaints in the private sector

10 January 2019

Complaints arising from independent practice are handled similarly to those in the NHS, but there are some distinctions to be aware of.

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NHS and social care complaints procedure: the PHSO

10 January 2019

Complaints can be escalated to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman if a local resolution is unsuccessful.

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Introduction to the NHS and social care complaints procedure

9 January 2019

Covering the basics of the NHS and social care complaints procedure in England.

Discussing during a meeting
Introduction to the NHS and social care complaints procedure

9 January 2019

Covering the basics of the NHS and social care complaints procedure in England.