Safeguarding And The Dental Team

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Date: Wednesday 22nd June 2022
Speaker(s): Pat Langley
CPD Time: 1 hour
Duration: 1 hour
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Safeguarding And The Dental Team

Everyone will be aware of the high-profile cases of abuse and neglect that generate huge amounts of media coverage, but sadly this is the just the tip of the iceberg. Dental professionals are often in a unique position to spot signs of physical abuse that might otherwise be missed by others. The amount of abuse and neglect has reached new heights since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and it is likely the effects will be felt for years to come. This makes it more important than ever to look out for potential physical and behavioural signs that could indicate a child or adult may be at risk. This lecture will aim to help dental professionals recognise the signs of abuse and neglect and how best to respond. We will also look at safe recruitment practices and what the regulators require.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand what the regulators require
  • Understand the importance of multi-agency working and information sharing
  • Understand the different types of abuse, their incidence and how to recognise the signs
  • Understand the importance of the four Rs
  • Understand safer recruitment
  • Understand the enhanced significance of safeguarding resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic

This talk satisfies the GDC’s learning outcomes:

A – Effective communication with patients, the dental team, and others across dentistry, including when obtaining consent, dealing with complaints, and raising concerns when patients are at risk

D – Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes which maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients’ interests first

Pat Langley BDS


After qualifying from Manchester University Pat took up a resident oral surgery post prior to joining a general dental practice in Manchester as an Associate. She went on to combine her role in practice with teaching oral surgery at the Dental School. In 1982 Pat became a partner in a general practice in Surrey and continued teaching oral surgery at Guy’s Hospital. In 1986 she started up a new practice in Berkshire.

Pat was a founder member of the Denplan team and held the post of Deputy Chief Dental Officer from 1987 to 2003. Her role at Denplan included the development and implementation of Denplan’s much respected quality assurance and clinical governance programmes and she was instrumental in developing Denplan’s Excel Accreditation Programme.

In 2003 Pat was appointed Group Clinical Director at Oasis Dental Care, a post she held for 7 years.

In 2010 Pat co-founded Apolline with the aim of providing a complete dental compliance solution to dental practices and dental groups of all sizes, offering innovative software, in-practice support and online and in-practice training. She has lectured widely on all compliance based subjects, including on safeguarding. Pat combines her role as CEO of Apolline with being Chief Dental Officer at Dentex Healthcare.

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