Guides

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Releasing confidential information

19 January 2018

Before releasing information about a patient to a third party, you must obtain the patient's permission, save in exceptional circumstances.

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Giving evidence at a court appearance

18 January 2018

A professional witness can be compelled by a court witness summons to give evidence in court.

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Records and reports in court cases

18 January 2018

Records can be critical in establishing the facts in a court case.

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Acting as an expert witness

18 January 2018

Expert witnesses assist the court on matters that require particular expertise.

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Acting as a professional witness

18 January 2018

As a dental professional you may be asked to be a professional witness for one of your patients. This is also called a witness to fact. The role involves reporting the facts of your professional dealings with the patient.

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Raising concerns

3 October 2017

All dental professionals have an ethical duty to put patients' interests first, which must override personal and professional loyalties.

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Reporting criminal convictions and cautions

2 October 2017

As a dentist, dental hygienist or dental care professional you have a duty to declare any cautions or convictions.

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Tooth whitening

10 August 2015

Your guide to the key legal aspects of tooth whitening