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Tips for a trouble-free festive season

Thursday, November 29 2018

DDU dento-legal adviser Sarah Ide presents five topical tips to help you avoid dento-legal problems over the festive period.

Dentists reminded to pay ARF and declare CPD

Monday, November 19 2018

Dentists are reminded to renew their GDC registration by paying their annual retention fee (ARF) before midnight on 31 December 2018.

New complaints handling principles published

Friday, November 16 2018

A set of universal principles for complaints handling has been developed by 28 organisations, including the Dental Defence Union and the General Dental Council.

The DDU – on your side

Thursday, October 18 2018

John Makin, Head of the DDU, introduces a special guide explaining how the DDU will be on your side throughout your career.

Chief Dental Officer reminder on Epipens in dental practice

Thursday, October 11 2018

The Chief Dental Officer (CDO) for England, Sara Hurley, has written to dental professionals in England to remind them about the latest advice for EpiPens in dental practice.

DDU journal summer 2018

Thursday, August 30 2018

Complaints are common, and it's vital to know how to handle them professionally and appropriately.

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 2017

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'.

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.