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Children’s consent

By Members

The following is for entertainment purposes only and should not be a replacement for the advice from your indemnifier. Please note that the author may be mistaken on one or more of the following points.

There seems to be a lot of confusion on the matter here. So let’s have a little look at this.

It is first essential to determine what the term “child” refers to, because it isn’t as obvious as you might think. Under the Family Law Reform Act 1969, an Adult is defined as someone over 18 years of age. The natural assumption is that anyone below the age of 18 is deemed to be a child which is backed up by the Children’s Act 1989.

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The other person isn’t you

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It is very easy to spend time on Social Media and come to the conclusion that you are a failure. It is very easy to see all the photos of swanky practices and flash cars and big houses and think that “any” dentist should be able to achieve this.

It is not the case. And much of what you see is a veneer over a desperate illusion.

So let’s lay down some ground rules here:

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How to be sued

By Members

(Just for the record, I am not advising anybody do any of the points I outline in this newsletter. It’s supposed to be tongue in cheek…and the fact I have to write this should tell you a lot about the world we presently live in.)

It is very easy to be sued as a dentist, even though the majority of people who could sue us don’t. Whilst most dentists don’t actually want the lawyer’s letter dropping through their letterbox, some dentists seem (by their actions) to want to invite the wrath of m’learned fellow.

Here is my guide on how to completely piss your patients off and send them into the waiting arms of the ever-growing army of hungry solicitors

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How to retire early

By Members

This is not financial advice. It should only be viewed as entertainment.

Many people are fed up with dentistry. Unfortunately they find themselves trapped in a cycle or earn and spend, earn and spend that they cannot escape from. They are trapped by Parkinson’s law:

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The Perfect Storm

By Members

First the economic

1) Stock Market at record highs, money flooding into the US stock market from Europe and China (The most hated bull market in history)
2) Record low fear index showing that all the bears have been silenced
3) Only 50% the level of investment in the market by private investors compared to 2007. If they all start bailing in, the DJIA could do a moon shot
4) Technically now overdue a recession (on average occurs every 8 years)….

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Top Tips

By Members

1) Mix Denture fixative and sedanol powder to create cheap calking agent for rubber dam
2) Mix Vaseline and sedanol powder to create cheap and effective denture pressure indication paste
3) Systemise your practice so that everything flows smoothly
4) Be ready for when the CQC come round. Have everything in 1 big folder if possible, categorised and collated. If you make their job easier their visit will be quicker…..

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Consent

By Members

Recently I saw a specialist for a medical condition. As doctors like to do, instead of addressing the actual cause, he advised putting me on medication.

“What are the possible side effects of this medication?” I asked

“Nothing you need to concern yourself with,” came the response

The side effects were horrible and needless to say I’m no longer taking that medication. Now, this was a consultant, top of his field. And yet, he did not understand the very basics of how consent works in this country now.

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Illness

By Members

Dentists spend a lot of their time looking after people. Many of us, however, don’t look after ourselves. We don’t exercise, we eat and drink too much sugar…and then there’s the alcohol. We generally drink… a lot.

And when illness strikes, we often feel obligated to put our own well-being on the back burner. because our patients need us, and we have a mortgage to pay and mouths to feed.

Illness is often your bodies way of telling you to stop doing what you are doing and do something else. Trust me, I know what I’m talking about.

So from someone who was taken to the brink by chronic illness, let me give you some advice if I may.

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RESTORATIVE RECORD KEEPING GUIDE

By Members, Newsletters

So I’ve been busy. With the help of some other dentists through Dentinal Tubules, we have sat down in the digital world and formulated a RECORD KEEPING guide for restorative dentistry.

Basically, it is what we think is required to keep your notes good enough for the lawyers and the GDC. It is not meant to be definitive, and it’s not guaranteed to protect you should the lawyers come knocking. It is also not to be seen as official guidance. It is merely to try and help keep the wolf from the door.

At the moment it is only available to the subscribers to my free newsletter via my website (my dental ethics blog is moving here and will also only be available to newsletter subscribers shortly). Unfortunately due to GDPR, if you want to remain a subscriber you need to sign back up. If you want a copy of the RECORD KEEPING guide, just sign up for the newsletter on the home page of www.gdpresources.com which is run by MailChimp (you can always unsubscribe once you have downloaded it lol). Follow the instructions and a download link should be emailed to you.

Those who re-subscribe will also be told when my new book is released

In the first week of its release, it will be offered at a reduced price.  This will only be for newsletter subscribers, and the book will be available in Kindle and paperback format.

Please note the website is being revamped (that’s why it looks a bit shabby) so if it doesn’t work let me know :)

GDPR

By Members, Newsletters, Registered

A few things….

As you all know the new GDPR regulations will shortly be upon us.  it’s relevant to you because you are receiving this because you subscribe to my site.

Some things you need to know:

  1. The site will be changing shortly.
  2. I will never sell your data (your email address) onto a third party
  3. There are some important changes that will be coming soon that I would like to tell you about.
  4. My blog will be moving to this website, and I will be emailing out a link for you to read the blog posts when they are published

If you no longer wish to subscribe to this site, feel at ease to unsubscribe.

There will also be a purge of members as there are some Russian bots that snuck through.  If i unsubscribe you by accident please let me know

Thanks

SH

Passion

By Members, Newsletters

Many of you reading this have found your passion, you do it as your job every day.  But for many of you, your job is just that, a job.  It is something you might enjoy to a degree, and it can often bring you a substantial livelihood.

But it’s not a passion.  If you won the lottery you would probably stop doing it because the WHY of doing it is the income it brings you.  Remove the need for that income and the WHY goes away.

Some of us have other passions.  Some of us are fortunate, others are still searching.  Many of us will live out our lives never really knowing what our true passion is.

But how do you know what you’re passion in life is?  This is a question that is asked countless times by people searching the answer.  My take on it is

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It is what it is

By Members, Newsletters

I tend to find life will present you with a series of challenges. It is my belief that there is a cycle to life, that things happen for a reason, and that doors of opportunity are constantly opening and closing. I also think that we are here to be either an inspiration or an example, and that even our darkest times are often gifts wrapped up in impossible situation. The gift might not necessarily be for your benefit however.

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