Dental mentors

Louise Nash discusses how mentoring can benefit dental professionals on both sides of the arrangement.

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Shift the balance, not the focus

DDU head John Makin finds cause for cautious optimism in the GDC's discussion document, but warns against straying from its remit.

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Clinical photos on mobile phones

David Lauder examines why using personal mobiles to take and store clinical photos poses risks to dentists and patients.

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Part-time working and multiple roles

Whether you're managing multiple positions or simply slimming your workload, John Makin explains how to ward off any potential part-time perils.

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Remember, a single negative comment doesn't necessarily negate other, positive comments.

In focus

Responding to online criticism

It's never nice to get negative comments online, but reacting and responding in the wrong way might make a bad situation worse.

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Explaining complications and risks

If something goes wrong with a patient's care, would you give a reason or an excuse? John Makin explains how discussing risks can make all the difference.

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Dental treatment under sedation

Fillings and phobias

Communication and consent proved key factors in a routine treatment scenario that led to a claim.

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Insurance discounts for DDU practice principals

Through James Hallam, DDU practice principals can save money on practice and locum insurance.

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Garden maze

Quick questions: your advice line dilemmas

As well as helping with complaints and claims, our advisers often guide members through everyday issues.

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Tunnel opening into light

Understanding undertakings

Accepting undertakings can seem daunting, but as Venessa Holt from the DDU's legal team explains, they can also offer light at the end of the tunnel of an FTP hearing.

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Taking oath on book

Witness to fact

A DDU member was concerned about their role as a witness in a GDC fitness to practise hearing.

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