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DDU launches free employment advice service for dentists

25 April 2013

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) has today launched a free employment advice helpline for dental practice principals. They will be able to get advice on all aspects of employment law by phoning the helpline, which is run in collaboration with Peninsula Business Services Ltd, a leading employment law and personnel consultancy.

Dentists advised on new duty of candour by DDU

23 April 2013

Hospital dentists need to be aware of what is required of them in their organisation’s compliance with the new contractual duty of candour, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) said today. The duty came into effect in all new contracts for provision of NHS healthcare from 1 April 2013.

Dentists pay a high price for complaints about fees says DDU

5 April 2013

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) today issued advice to dental professionals to help them avoid complaints about dental fees, a common factor in many of the cases reported by DDU members.

Get patient consent before storing records in 'data clouds' DDU advises

12 February 2013

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) is advising dental professionals thinking of storing their patient records on virtual servers that individual consent from patients may be needed.

DDU launches online guide to ethics and law

4 January 2013

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) has produced an online learning module to help dental professionals get to grips with the ethical dilemmas they face in their day-to-day practice, while earning CPD points.

Snoring treatment

21 December 2012

DDU advises dentists to know their limits when treating snoring patients

Clear communication can avoid complaints

8 October 2012

The Dental Defence Union is advising dental professionals to brush up their communication skills to help avoid complaints.

Brace yourself for risks of orthodontic treatment

26 September 2012

Dentists are being advised to discuss the risks of orthodontic treatment with their patients and to try to manage their expectations.

Dental professionals should give patients a 'cooling off period'

27 April 2012

A common allegation in complaints and claims is that the patient was not fully informed of the risks of treatment beforehand or given enough time to discuss their concerns. In the latest edition of the DDU Journal, dento-legal adviser Susan N’Jie discusses the importance of giving patients a 'cooling off period before proceeding with treatment.

DDU reassures Olympic volunteer dental professionals over indemnity

8 April 2012

With the London 2012 Olympic Games just a little over three months away, the Dental Defence Union is reassuring members who have been selected to volunteer as part of the medical team at the games that they are covered by their professional indemnity policy of insurance for the work they are doing.