Legal and Ethical Issues: “Treat Patients, Not Just Teeth”

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Speaker: Stephen Henderson
CPD Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Duration: 1 hour
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Contents

This video will look at the relationship between the law, ethics and professionalism for the dental team members.

Professionals sometimes wonder why and how their behaviour and conduct in their own personal private life might have an impact upon their professional status. These links will be explored and discussed. Ethical behaviour will be discussed in relation to honesty, morality and decency. Patient confidentiality will be discussed especially in the context of the growing use of social media.

Professional regulation has changed significantly in the last ten years. The background to these changes will be reviewed and the impact of the changed approach for individual registrants will be discussed. There will be a discussion on the GDC and how the GDC investigates a complaint.

Whistleblowing is always a contentious issue. Some pointers are offered in the event that a registrant feels that they have no alternative but to raise concerns about a colleague’s conduct or health.

Claims in negligence will be discussed including the importance of effective communication and documentation of the consent process. This video will be illustrated with some examples of cases that have given rise to claims.

Learning Objectives

This Video will give a review of law and ethics sufficient to satisfy GDC CPD requirement for one hour of study in this area.

By the end of the session the viewer will be able to describe:

  • The relationship between the law and ethical behaviour
  • The reason that the GDC is able to look at both personal and professional conduct when it considers complaints against registrants
  • How the GDC investigates a complaint
  • How a claim in negligence can arise
  • The importance of maintaining full accurate contemporaneous records

Speaker

Stephen Henderson BDS LLM

Stephen is a Senior Dento-legal Adviser for Dental Protection Ltd and a Specialist in Oral Surgery. Within the DPL team, it is his role to monitor the activities of the GDC and PSA. He has worked for DPL since 2000, initially on a part time basis and since 2007 on a full time basis. He qualified in 1984 and worked in hospital practice for five years in various OMFS units. In 1989 he went into general practice in Oxford and developed a referral practice. He continued to work in the OMFS unit on a part time basis until he joined DPL in 2000. He still works in practice one session per week. Stephen obtained a Masters degree in Medical Law from Cardiff University in 2005. His particular area of interest is regulatory law.

Stephen is a Senior Dento-legal Adviser for Dental Protection Ltd and a Specialist in Oral Surgery. Within the DPL team, it is his role to monitor the activities of the GDC and PSA. He has worked for DPL since 2000, initially on a part time basis and since 2007 on a full time basis. He qualified in 1984 and worked in hospital practice for five years in various OMFS units. In 1989 he went into general practice in Oxford and developed a referral practice. He continued to work in the OMFS unit on a part time basis until he joined DPL in 2000. He still works in practice one session per week. Stephen obtained a Masters degree in Medical Law from Cardiff University in 2005. His particular area of interest is regulatory law.

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