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New standards for the dental profession came into force on 30 September which put a much stronger focus on patients' expectations and entitlements.
Issued by the General Dental Council (GDC), the UK's dental regulator, the standards were developed following intensive consultation with patients and the public.
'Standards for the Dental Team' takes effect on Monday 30 September 2013 and replaces the previous guidance 'Standards for dental professionals'.
If a complaint is made about a dental professional their behaviour/conduct will be measured against the standards and guidance in this document.
The Standards include nine key principles:
New issues addressed in the 'Standards' include:
GDC Chief Executive Evlynne Gilvarry said:
"Patients have told us clearly what they expect when they seek dental treatment. The new standards reflect those expectations and guide the dental profession in meeting them."
By law all dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists must be registered with the GDC to work in the UK. This is to ensure only appropriately qualified and skilled dental professionals are part of the dental team looking after patients.
The full Standards document can be found here.
A leaflet aimed at paitents can be found here.
General Dental Council (GDC)
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