At the last count, there were nearly 300 pieces of legislation and guidance documents that apply to dentistry (You will find most of them in the GUIDANCE AND LEGISLATION page of this website).
Have you read them all?
No, of course you haven’t. And may I direct you to GDC standard 1.9: You MUST find out about laws and regulations that affect your work and follow them.
In case you hadn’t guessed, the GDC were giving you an order there.
So many of us now pay third party organisations to do all this for us, from keeping the CQC happy to complying with the minefield of employment law. And yet more regulations and guidance is unleashed upon us on a monthly basis. This now costs several thousand pounds a year to do properly. For large practices, it can be in the tens of thousands.
To some of us, things are starting to get a bit silly now.
I think you will all agree that the provision of dentistry has recently become very challenging. The actual teeth themselves aren’t the problem, its the person around the teeth and the laws and regulations that are there to protect the patient that has become the problem.
I often hear dentists joking that they don’t have time to treat patients anymore because of all the paperwork they have to do…but this is quite a serious issue. Doing dentistry in the most dentally litigious country on the planet is now fraught with hazards… made worse by the fact we also have the strictest regulator.
What is a dentist to do in this situation?
Well, you can stick your head in the sand and hope it all goes away. But we both know that won’t work. So in my mind, there are 3 things you need to do to cut down your risk of receiving the Special Delivery letter from the GDC or M’learned fellow…
1) Get really good at what you do
2) Get really good at building rapport, and only treat patients you like and who like you
3) Know the law and the regulations inside and out
None of that was taught you in dental school I will warrant. And Number 3 was why I wrote this book.
This book took a long time to write and is an amalgamation of what I think are the relevant legal aspects of dentistry you need to know about. In fact, if I’m honest, I’m a little bit apprehensive about publishing this book. Why?
Because I expect a significant amount of backlash from the powers that be for putting all this information in one place.
But hey ho. Let the dice fall as they may.
What this book covers
- How your regulators work in regards GDC Fitness to practice and CQC Sanction
- The regulatory and legal aspects of dealing with patient complaints
- The regulatory and legal aspects of patient confidentiality
- The regulatory and legal aspects of patient consent, including a review of the Montgomery case
- The regulatory and legal aspects of Dental Negligence. I tell you how litigation happens and how you can minimise your risk
- The regulatory and legal aspects of Record Keeping
- The regulatory and legal aspects of Audit
- The regulatory and legal aspects of Cross Infection
- The regulatory and legal aspects of the new GDPR regulations
- An in-depth look at the GDC 2013 Standards with my interpretation of how to comply with them
There’s plenty more in there, and you also get 13 bonuses thrown in, including several templates for
- Consent for Image Capture form
- Sharing of patient information form
- Record keeping checklists
- GDPR Checklist
All in one easy to access resource.
The book also comes with a very important disclaimer. I am not a lawyer. Although I have post-graduate qualifications in law (I have a diploma in medical law, and am presently doing a Masters in Dental Law & Ethics) this is just one grumpy blokes interpretation of what we have to deal with. So it’s important that you understand that this book is not giving you any kind of advice, legal or otherwise. So as my very rich Barrister friend advised me to say
This book should be used for entertainment purposes only…
It’s not a replacement for your indemnifier. It’s not a replacement for qualified legal advice. It contains my opinions, and my opinions may be wrong. But, it reflects my understanding of the legal and regulatory quagmire we find ourselves in which I have seen develop over my 22 years practising dentistry.
Still up for it?