Guidance and Policies

Guidance and Policies

Guidance and Policies for the Dental Team

As a DCP you are expected to adhere to various guidance and policies.  It is important to be aware of the 9 core principles contained within the standards as set out by the GDC.  These are:

-Put patients’ interests first.
-Communicate effectively with patients.
-Obtain valid consent.
-Maintain and protect patients’ information.
-Have a clear and effective complaints procedure.
-Work with colleagues in a way that is in patients’ best interests.
-Maintain, develop and work within our professional knowledge and skills.
-Raise concerns if patients are at risk.
-Make sure our personal behaviour maintains confidence in us and the dental profession.

Standards for the dental team sets out the standards of conduct, performance and ethics that govern you as a dental professional (click to download).

Your Responsibility

You have an individual responsibility to behave professionally and follow these principles at all times.

The standards set out what you must do. If you do not meet these standards, you may be removed from the GDC register and not be able to work as a dental professional.

You are expected to follow the guidance and use your professional judgment.  Furthermore you are expected to demonstrate insight at all times and be able to justify any decision that is not in line with the guidance. Serious or persistent failure to follow the guidance could see you removed from the GDC register.  As a result you will not be able to work as a dental professional.

For a more information on principles and standards as set out by the GDC click here.

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