The Dental Defence Union (DDU) has made it easier for dental professionals to prove their membership status to an employer via the DDU app.
The DDU is the first dental defence organisation to offer this innovation, meaning members can view their proof of membership, including work details and indemnity, and share this by email or text with an employer or others. Members can also view their membership card in the app.
A member who used the new service commented they found it: "Excellent and easy to access. Very useful having proof of indemnity to hand." The member added: "My previous indemnity provider's [procedure] was complex and time consuming."
John Makin, head of the DDU, said:
"Dental professionals often need to prove their indemnity status to employers, the regulator and others and we want to make this an easy process. Many members have also asked us to help reduce the amount of paperwork we send to them for environmental reasons.
"The improvements we've made to the DDU app will mean members can get the information they need at their fingertips, without the need for a paper print out or card."
This is the latest in a number of initiatives the DDU has introduced to make it easier for members to manage their membership online, which has the added benefit of reducing the environmental impact. Other innovations include:
- access to a digital membership card on the DDU app, allowing members to keep track of when their membership is due for renewal
- apply for and renew membership online
- electronic renewal documents for DDU and MDU members, leading to a reduction in over 350,000 metres of paper so far; if laid end to end, this amount of paper would stretch from London to Manchester.
Jason Ellis, digital team manager, added: "Nearly 4,000 members have already downloaded the DDU app to manage their membership and stay up to date with the latest dento-legal news, including the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic.
"As a not-for-profit mutual company, we are always looking for ways to improve the benefits of membership. Further innovations will soon be available to make our members' lives easier including the ability to add membership cards to Apple Wallet and Google Pay."
Visit Google Play or Apple App Store to download the DDU app.
This page was correct at publication on 09/07/2020. 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.