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GDPR: five things you need to do now

Friday, May 25 2018

GDPR has now come into force, and the Information Governance Alliance (IGA) and the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) have published guidance - and will continue to do so - to clarify how it applies to healthcare organisations.

DDU journal spring 2018

Tuesday, May 8 2018

The dental health of people with dementia can become secondary to other considerations. But the dental team can make a vital contribution to patients' quality of life.

New regulations on use and disposal of mercury will impact dental professionals

Tuesday, April 17 2018

NHS England has written to all NHS dental contract holders to make them aware of a new European Union Regulation 2017/852 regarding the use and disposal of mercury.

Dealing with Valentine's Day advances

Tuesday, January 23 2018

You probably wouldn't associate passionate feelings with the dental chair, but sometimes patients can misinterpret a dental professional's behaviour and try to turn a purely professional relationship into a romantic one.

DDU journal winter 2018

Monday, January 22 2018

Patients are more likely than ever to turn to social media to voice concerns about their treatment.

New radiation regulations apply to GDPs

Tuesday, January 9 2018

All dental practices with X-ray machines must apply for registration by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Dealing with dental emergencies during the festive season

Friday, December 22 2017

The GDC expects dental professionals to provide patients with clear information about their arrangements for emergency care.

DDU journal autumn 2017

Monday, October 2 2017

Dental professionals' responsibilities to their patients can extend beyond simply providing treatment.

Dental care professionals reminded to renew GDC registration

Thursday, June 29 2017

On 16 June, the GDC's annual renewal window opened for dental care professionals to renew their registration and pay the annual retention fee (ARF).

Disclosing information to the coroner

Thursday, June 29 2017

Following recent events, the DDU has received a number of calls from members who have been asked to cooperate with the police by providing clinical records used to identify the deceased.

DDU journal summer 2017

Thursday, June 29 2017

Discussing the rewards and risks of limited treatment orthodontics and the danger of promising 'perfect teeth'.

What's in a name?

Monday, May 22 2017

A patient complained when her dental practice failed to address her by her preferred name.

The DDU's advice on tooth whitening

Friday, May 12 2017

Dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians can provide tooth whitening treatments to adult patients without fear of prosecution, providing they act within the legal and ethical parameters.

Dental nurse indemnity - advice for dental professionals

Thursday, May 11 2017

Dental nurses are required to have indemnity in order to practise and will be asked to declare they have appropriate indemnity arrangements in place when they join the GDC register or renew their registration.

DDU journal spring 2017

Thursday, March 2 2017

Deciding when and how to apply the best interest principle to the care of a patient isn't always straightforward.

Indemnity declaration to the GDC

Friday, November 4 2016

The GDC will shortly be reminding dentists to renew their registration by paying their annual retention fee (ARF).

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

Monday, October 24 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.

MHRA warns dental professionals against purchasing poor quality equipment

Tuesday, October 11 2016

Dental professionals should be wary of purchasing counterfeit and unapproved dental equipment from auction websites as it may put the safety of their patients at risk.

DDU journal October 2016

Monday, October 10 2016

Dento-legal adviser, Alison Large, explains why clear communication between dental professionals and patients is vital to the consent process.

GDC publishes new guidance about professionals' duty of candour

Tuesday, July 5 2016

The GDC has produced guidance on the duty of candour