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Scope of practice and leadership and management - Checklist


Glenys Bridges talks about the scope of practice considerations for the leadership and practice management of dental services.

Under the scope of practice regulations, dental professionals should only carry out a task or type of treatment or make decisions about a patient’s care if they have the necessary skills and are appropriately trained, competent and indemnified. If a dental professional feels a task, type of treatment or decision falls outside of this, they should refer the patient to a colleague for whom the activity falls within their scope of practice. Dental professionals must exercise their professional judgement in the treatment that they perform, always ensuring that patients’ best interests and prevention of harm are their primary consideration. The General Dental Council (GDC) is currently reviewing its approach to scope of practice by conducting an independent research project.

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