Latest updates and advice

The limit for most standard dental chairs is 20 stone, and allowances might need to be made to safely treat patients whose weight exceeds this.

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Royal recognition for DDU employee training programme

23 August 2021

The excellence of the Dental Defence Union’s employee training has been recognised by HRH the Princess Royal.

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Correcting misleading information in the media

16 August 2021

We can help if misleading information about you has been published or you think you have been defamed.

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Patient Group Directions (PGDs)

26 July 2021

Understanding the essentials of Patient Group Directions – and how to use them.

Useful resources

21 July 2021

The position regarding COVID-19 continues to change. Our advice is to stay up to date with the latest guidance from relevant government departments and agencies. See below for links to some of the relevant websites across the four nations.

Safeguarding vulnerable patients
Safeguarding vulnerable patients

4 May 2021

Dento-legal adviser Sarah Ide explores how dental professionals can help safeguard vulnerable patients, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

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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.

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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.