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1 Standards for the Dental Team An Introduction

2 The Process November 2010 to February 2013 Evidence gathered from a wide variety of sources Registrant events held in each of the four countries Two stakeholder events External research companies used for: - patient and public research - registrant research - harder to reach groups research Online consultation

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4 Outcome One document for all registrants Supplemented by additional online guidance Renewed focus on patients’ interests More prescriptive language Greater focus on communication, transparency with costs and maintaining an ongoing dialogue with patients

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6 Introduction ‘The standards set out what you must do. If you do not meet these standards, you may be removed from our register and not be able to work as a dental professional. The guidance is there to help you meet the standards. You are expected to follow the guidance, to use your professional judgment, demonstrate insight at all times and be able to justify any decision that is not in line with the guidance.’

7 Definitions Must is used where the duty is compulsory. Should is used where the duty would not apply in all situations and where there are exceptional circumstances outside of your control that could affect whether, or how, you can comply with the guidance. Should is also used when we are providing an explanation of how you will meet the overriding duty.

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9 Introduction continued ‘Serious or persistent failure to follow the guidance could see you removed from our register and not able to work as a dental professional. If we receive information which brings your fitness to practise into question, such as a complaint or a conviction, we will refer to the standards and the guidance to judge whether you are fit to practise as a dental professional.’

10 1. Put patients’ interests first 2. Communicate effectively with patients 3. Obtain valid consent 4. Maintain and protect patients’ information 5. Have a clear and effective complaints procedure 6. Work with colleagues in a way that serves the interests of patients 7. Maintain, develop and work within your professional knowledge and skills 8. Raise concerns if patients are at risk 9. Make sure your personal behaviour maintains patients’ confidence in you and the dental profession

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13 Principle 1 - Greater emphasis on ‘softer skills’ 1.1 You must listen to your patients You should take patients’ preferences into account and be sensitive to their individual needs and values You must treat patients with kindness and compassion You should manage patients’ dental pain and anxiety appropriately.

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15 Principle 2 -Treatment plans You must give patients a written treatment plan, or plans, before their treatment starts and you should retain a copy in their notes. You should also ask patients to sign the treatment plan You must keep the treatment plan and estimated costs under review during treatment. You must inform patients immediately if the treatment plan changes and provide them with an updated version in writing.

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18 Principle 2 - Transparency with costs You must make sure that a simple price list is clearly displayed in your reception or waiting area. This should include a list of basic items including a consultation, a single surface filling, an extraction, radiographs (bitewing or pan-oral) and treatment provided by the hygienist. For items which may vary in cost, a ‘from – to’ price range can be shown You must give clear information on prices in your practice literature and on your websites – patients should not have to ask for this information.

19 Principle 3 - Ongoing dialogue Giving and obtaining consent is a process, not a one-off event. It should be part of on-going communication between patients and all members of the dental team involved in their care. You should keep patients informed about the progress of their care.

20 Principle 6 - Team Working You must treat colleagues fairly and with respect in all situations and in all forms of interaction and communication. You must not bully, harass or unfairly discriminate against them You must ensure that patients are fully informed of the names and roles of those involved in their care You should only delegate or refer to another member of the team if you are confident that they have been trained and are both competent and indemnified to do what you are asking.

21 Principle 6 – For Managers You should display information about the members of your team (including their registration number where appropriate), in an area where it can be easily seen by patients You should display the following information in an area where it can be easily seen by patients: the fact that you are regulated by the GDC; and the nine principles contained in this document.

22 Principle 8 – Raising concerns You must not enter into any contract or agreement with your employer or contracting body which contains a ‘gagging clause’ that would prevent you from raising concerns about patient safety or restrict what you could say when raising a concern. Employers cannot offer these contracts either

23 Principle 8 - Organisational culture Standard 8.3 You must make sure if you employ, manage or lead a team that you encourage and support a culture where staff can raise concerns openly without fear of reprisal You must promote a culture of openness in the workplace so that staff feel able to raise concerns You should embed this culture into your policies and procedures, beginning with staff training and induction.

24 Principle 9 – Personal behaviour 9.1 You must ensure that your conduct, both at work and in your personal life, justifies patients’ trust in you and the public’s trust in the dental profession. 9.3 You must inform the GDC if you are subject to criminal proceedings or a regulatory finding is made against you anywhere in the world.

25 Additional guidance documents Guidance on advertising Guidance on commissioning and manufacturing dental appliances Guidance on indemnity Guidance on prescribing medicines Guidance on reporting criminal proceedings Guidance on using social media Scope of Practice

26 Reporting criminal proceedings 1 You must inform the GDC if anywhere in the world you: a. are charged with a criminal offence; b. are found guilty of a criminal offence; c. receive a conditional discharge for an offence; d. accept a criminal caution (including a conditional caution), or otherwise formally admit to committing a criminal offence

27 Social media You must not post any information or comments about patients on social networking or blogging sites. If you use professional social media to discuss anonymised cases for the purpose of discussing best practice you must be careful that the patient or patients cannot be identified. See our website for further guidance on social networking.

28 Guidance on social media As a registrant you have a responsibility to behave professionally and responsibly both online and offline. Your online image can impact on your professional life and you should not post any information, including photographs and videos, which could bring the profession into disrepute. You should think carefully before accepting friend requests from patients You should remember that even the strictest privacy settings do not guarantee that your information will be kept secure

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