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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.

BDA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Awards 2012

27 February 2012

The winner of the 35th annual BDA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Programme Award was announced on 3rd February 2012 at a glittering awards ceremony at the Royal Horseguards Hotel.

DDU reminds dental professionals to be careful when handling patient data

30 January 2012

Data protection is a hot topic and the proposed changes to the existing legalisation by the European Commission look set to keep it that way for some time to come.

New Year resolutions - with a dento-legal twist

18 January 2012

We may be half way through January but if you’ve stalled with your resolutions to lose weight/get fit/reduce stress, the DDU suggests some more achievable goals to get your professional new year off to a good start:

Don't sell yourself short with discount deals warns DDU

31 October 2011

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) is warning dental professionals to be wary of promoting their practice by offering discount vouchers on particular treatments as they may be inadvertently making themselves vulnerable to a complaint or even a GDC investigation.

Be vigilant with patient records on home visits warns the DDU

10 October 2011

Dental professionals should be extra vigilant and take additional security measures to protect patient data when outside the standard practice setting, warns the Dental Defence Union (DDU), the specialist dental division of the MDU.

DDU demonstrates GDC success for members in 2010

25 August 2011

In 2010, more than 85% of DDU members, assisted by in-house lawyers, avoided referral to a fitness to practise hearing in relation to a GDC complaint. This may be one reason why membership of the MDU (the DDU’s parent organisation) rose to 202,000 in 2011, for the first time in the organisation’s history.

DDU expands advice team as calls to helpline continue to increase

18 May 2011

The Dental Defence Union (DDU), the specialist dental division of the MDU, has further expanded its team of dento-legal advisers who are on hand to help dental professional members with the dilemmas they face in day-to-day practice.