Latest updates and advice

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GDC to introduce case examiners as part of fitness to practise reforms

24 October 2016

From 1 November 2016, the GDC is introducing several important reforms to its fitness to practise (FTP) procedures that are intended to make them less protracted and more proportionate.

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Making adjustments for obese patients

24 March 2016

More dental professionals are seeking our advice about whether they can safely treat patients who weigh more than 20 stone, the limit for most standard dental chairs.

Be cautious when accepting gifts this Christmas

14 December 2015

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) is warning members to be cautious when considering accepting gifts from a patient or professional contact this festive season.

Dental hygienists and therapists and soft tissue examinations

18 May 2015

Following a recent GDC case involving a DDU hygienist and therapist member, the DDU has been asked to clarify the position regarding the remit of hygienists and therapists when carrying out soft tissue examinations.

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How can the DDU help me to correct misleading information?

20 August 2014

DDU members occasionally request advice if misleading information about them has been published or if they think they have been defamed.

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The right to be forgotten online

11 July 2014

Google to review requests for removal of outdated private information

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Prescribing change for dental hygienists and therapists

14 October 2013

Dental hygienists and therapists can now carry out treatments involving the administration of fluorides and local anaesthetics under a Patient Group Direction (PGD).

Patient Group Directions (PGDs)

14 October 2013

A Patient Group Direction (PGD) is a written instruction which allows listed healthcare professionals to sell, supply or administer named medicines in an identified clinical situation without the need for a written, patient-specific prescription from an approved prescriber.

Ombudsman to investigate more complaints

23 April 2013

From the beginning of April, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Julie Mellor, will formally investigate all complaints about the NHS in England, provided the case falls within her remit.

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MHRA registration

17 April 2013

My practice partners and I have decided to make our own custom-made bite guards for patients. Do we need to register with the MHRA?