Answers to our DDU summer quiz

Throughout the summer we tested your knowledge of raising concerns with a dento-legal quiz based on popular guidance and advice from our website.

Find out the answers below and take a look at the guidance on which each question was based.

In the first instance, dental professionals will usually be expected to raise patient safety concerns:

  • Locally, using the established practice procedure (correct answer)
  • Directly to the GDC

For guidance, see Raising concerns.

Should all patient safety concerns be reported to the GDC?

  • Yes
  • No (correct answer)

For guidance, see Raising concerns.

‘Raise concerns if patients are at risk’ is which principle of the GDC’s ‘Standards for the dental team’?

  • Principle 7
  • Principle 8 (correct answer)
  • Principle 9

For guidance, see Listening to patients, staff and dealing with feedback.

If you have concerns for the safety of a vulnerable patient, should you raise those concerns even if the patient declines to give their permission to do so?

  • Yes (correct answer)
  • No

For guidance, see Safeguarding vulnerable patients.

Which of the following can a dental professional raise concerns about if they pose risks to patient safety? 

  • Other colleagues (correct answer)
  • Equipment (correct answer)
  • Practice policies (correct answer)

For guidance, see Listening to patients, staff and dealing with feedback.

In the case ‘Weekend working’ a DDU member called the advice line with concerns about limited staffing arrangements for weekend working. Which of the following was the DDU member concerned about?

  • Whether there was an adequate number of staff (correct answer)
  • Whether it was acceptable for there to not be a dentist on the premises (correct answer)
  • Whether they would be able to administer prescription only medicines (POMs) (correct answer)
  • The number of patients scheduled to be seen over the weekend 

Read the full case study in the DDU app.

This page was correct at publication on 22/10/2019. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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