Latest updates and advice

Returning to practice

8 March 2021

Following the resumption of face-to-face care for patients, it's understandable to have questions about the dento-legal implications.

Remote consultations
Dental professionals are reminded to pay ARF and declare CPD

4 February 2021

Dentists and dental care professionals are reminded to renew their GDC registration by paying their annual retention fee (ARF) before midnight on 31 December and 31 July respectively.

Virtual meetings
Conducting virtual meetings during the pandemic

25 January 2021

Alison Large, dento-legal adviser at the DDU, discusses what to do if you are asked to attend a virtual meeting during the pandemic.

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Reflecting on 2020

20 January 2021

John Makin, head of the Dental Defence Union, reflects on how we can still learn important lessons from a difficult 2020.


6 January 2021

Deputy head of the DDU Leo Briggs and dento-legal advisers Alison Large and Sarah Ide respond to questions raised in our COVID-19 webinar.

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Basic and immediate life support training for dental professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic

30 December 2020

Over the course of the year, there has been an abundance of new challenges and guidance for the profession to deal with, putting a strain on many dental professionals and practices.

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Good communication with patients

15 December 2020

The importance of good communication with patients and how it can help prevent a complaint.

DDU indemnity during the COVID-19 NHS vaccination programme

4 December 2020

The implementation of the COVID-19 NHS vaccination programme is extremely topical at the moment with media reports stating that the vaccination could be rolled out as soon as early December.

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Employment law and dental practice

23 October 2020

Employment law specialist Peninsula updates DDU members on changing rules and restrictions and encourages practices to remain up to date.

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Associate contracts - why it's important to take time before you sign

23 October 2020

When we launched our associate contract checking service in June 2019, our aim was to help members avoid being mired in professional disputes, which have the potential to disrupt the practice and affect patient care.