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Viewpoint: Covid-19 has caused regulatory corners to be cut
MDDUS CEO Chris Kenny spoke at a recent Professional Standards Authority symposium, looking at some of the key changes that regulators have made in response to the pandemic.
These cases are based on actual calls made to MDDUS advisers and are published here to highlight common challenges within dental practice. Details have been changed to maintain confidentiality.
New CQC regulatory approach for dental practices
The CQC’s new regulatory approach for dental practices has now started
Employment law adviser Janice Sibbald offers advice for managers dealing with employees facing quarantine restrictions on return from holiday
Good record keeping essential with remote consulting
MDDUS has seen a rise in calls from members concerned about treating patients safely in remote consultations. One way to manage risk is to ensure that record keeping is clear, sufficiently detailed, accurate and contemporaneous
Domestic abuse and remote consulting
HOUSEHOLD isolation measures during the pandemic have increased risks for those under threat from domestic abuse. A majority of clinical interactions now being undertaken remotely means reduced opportunities to recognise and act on cases
Riding the planet
Adventurist and emergency medicine doctor Stephen Fabes talks to Adam Campbell about his six-year quest to cycle the world
A Covid journey
In an extended feature, John Sadler, along with his practice partner and wife Katharine, offer a personal view on how the pandemic has affected their Glasgow private dental surgery
THINGS DENTISTS SAY... “I can only do things one way”
First in a series of articles by MDDUS dental adviser Mike Williams looking at barriers to best practice
Professionalism in practice
What does "being professional" mean to you? Senior risk adviser Liz Price explores key risk areas in this fascinating aspect of dental practice
Case study: Debonded retainer
...Mr T returns to the practice claiming that during treatment the hygienist had damaged the bonding along one side of his retainer causing it to partially detach...
Case Study: Broken file
...A review of the patient records reveals that Dr F had noted that there might be a file fragment lodged in the mesial canal and included a reminder to undertake a periapical radiograph at the next visit, but there is no record that this was done...
Case study: Near miss
...Just before handing over the tablets the pharmacist notes from his records that Mrs J is allergic to penicillin...
Wellbeing: You are not alone
Dr Zaid Al-Najjar, deputy medical director of NHS Practitioner Health, discusses how the service can help
Ethics: "Know your place"
Professor Deborah Bowman looks at how hierarchy among medical professionals can create a structure within which asking questions and challenging practice may be perceived as risky or even ‘inappropriate’
Book choice: Dear NHS 100 - Stories to Say Thank You
Book review by Dr Greg Dollman
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Insight Dental is published quarterly and distributed to MDDUS members through the UK who work in dental care