Guides

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Guide to consent to dental treatment

1 May 2020

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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Risk management in root canal treatment

1 May 2020

Recognise your technical limits when performing root canal treatment and be prepared to refer patients if necessary.

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When consent is withheld

31 January 2020

Patients may give consent, but they may also refuse or restrict it.

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Communicating effectively with patients

24 January 2020

Communication is a two-way process. Listening to patients and understanding their wishes and expectations is as important as talking to them about their care and treatment.

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I've had a complaint: what to send us

13 January 2020

What you need to send the DDU if you've had a complaint made against you.

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Listening to patients, staff and dealing with feedback

13 January 2020

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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Written communication with patients

10 January 2020

The way a practice communicates with patients through its website, marketing literature and other written information needs to make a positive impression.

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The NHS and social care complaints procedure: local resolution

10 January 2020

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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Setting out a written complaint response

10 January 2020

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

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Reasons for patient complaints

16 December 2019

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