General Dental Council (GDC) – dental professional body
The GDC regulate the profession by setting standards, quality assuring education, and registering you and your colleagues. They take action against those who work outside the law.
On successful completion of your Dental Nursing Diploma you will need to register with the GDC in order to be able to work as a dental professional.
To maintain your professional registration you will need to complete within a five year cycle, 50 hours of continuing professional development (CPD, a personal development plan (PDP) and reflective accounts.
Visit the GDC website for more information.
Trust policies and procedures
Below are some of the policies and procedures we have at the Trust.
Post holders must maintain the confidentiality of information about patients, staff and other health service business in accordance with the Data Protection Act of 1998. Post holders must not, without prior permission, disclose any information regarding patients or staff. If any member of staff has communicated any such information to an unauthorised person those staff will be liable to dismissal. Moreover, the Data Protection Act 1998 also renders an individual liable for prosecution in the event of unauthorised disclosure of information.
Following the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2005, post holders must apply the Trust’s FOI procedure if they receive a written request for information.
Post holders must at all times fulfil their responsibilities with regard to the Trust’s equal opportunities policy and equality laws.
Health and safety
All post holders have a responsibility, under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and subsequently published regulations, to ensure that the Trust’s health and safety policies and procedures are complied with to maintain a safe working environment for patients, visitors and employees.
All post holders have a personal obligation to act to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). They must attend mandatory training in infection control and be compliant with all measures required by the Trust to reduce HCAIs. Post holders must be familiar with the Trust’s infection control policies, including those that apply to their duties, such as hand decontamination policy, personal protective equipment policy, safe procedures for using aseptic techniques and safe disposal of sharps.
All post holders have a responsibility to report risks such as clinical and non-clinical accidents or incidents promptly. They are expected to be familiar with the Trust’s use of risk assessments to predict and control risk, as well as the incident reporting system for learning from mistakes and near misses in order to improve services. Post holders must also attend training identified by their manager, or stated by the Trust to be mandatory.
Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
Post holders have a general responsibility for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in the course of their daily duties and for ensuring that they are aware of the specific duties relating to their role.
It is the Trust’s policy to promote health. Smoking, therefore, is not prohibited on Trust property. It is illegal within Trust buildings and vehicles.