Build firm foundations while you find your feet

Build firm foundations during your training with our support. Access advice from our dento-legal experts, who have real life experience of the pressures and challenges you can face in practice or hospital.

Boost your confidence and CPD portfolio with our range of free learning resources including our ethics and law online module, perio e-learning course, webinars, podcasts and videos.

We’ll be on your side for GDC and disciplinary hearings. You can also get our help with effectively responding to patient complaints to minimise the chance of things escalating.

Why you should choose the DDU

What are the benefits?

  • Final year dental students can join for just £10 and receive two free gifts on graduation - a name badge, and either the Oxford Handbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery or a hoodie personalised for your dental school (while stocks last).
  • Meet your verifiable CPD needs with our free dento-legal online module, webinars and discounted attendance on DDU courses.
  • Get confidential advice on dento-legal issues such as confidentiality, consent or record keeping by speaking to our team of dento-legal experts via our freephone helpline.
  • Expert advice if a patient complains about the care you’ve provided and support when preparing a response to the complaint.
  • Stay up to date with case studies, ethical dilemmas and the DDU journal.
  • Access to free periodontology e-learning modules.
  • Robust defence of your professional reputation and help to prepare your evidence if you face a GDC, trust or disciplinary hearing.

Free gifts when you graduate

Photograph of name badge, hoodie and Oxford Handbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Free gifts when you graduate

Choose from:

  • a name badge


  • Oxford Handbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; or
  • a hoodie personalised for your dental school (while stocks last)

Make a selection in your application form.

Becoming a member

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Get a quote

Request a quote to find out how much your subscription will be. Within a few working days, we’ll email you an application pack, including your quote.

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Complete your application

Simply fill out our foundation doctor application form.

I was grateful to have the DDU’s assistance during a PCT investigation into a patient’s complaint and delighted to be cleared. However, no sooner had I breathed a sigh of relief than I was devastated to receive a negligence claim from the same patient’s solicitor. It really shook me to read the allegations being made and in those circumstances it is easy to start questioning oneself. The DDU in-house solicitor and claims handler were totally professional and thorough in their response and listened to my side of the story.”

General dental practitioner

Last year I was unfortunate enough to receive a GDC complaint. Having only qualified a few months prior, the complaint was a huge shock for me and nearly led me to terminating my career. The DDU really held my hand throughout the whole process, advising me on what to do, reassuring me, and helping me draft replies. Thankfully the case was closed a few months later with no repercussions.”

General dental practitioner

Frequently asked questions

Does DDU membership meet GDC requirements?

Yes. DDU membership provides appropriate and adequate access to indemnity that meets GDC and legal requirements. You can check with us at any time to check your details are up to date and correct.