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clinical guidance policy

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We will strive to keep informed of changes to best practice in dental care and to embrace and implement changes where necessary.

This document aims to assist in this process by providing a central list of the the guidance and standards on the provision of patient care in a primary dental care setting:

The General Dental Council (GDC)

Standards for the Dental Team

Guidance on Advertising

Guidance on Commissioning and Manufacturing Dental Appliances

Guidance on Indemnity

Guidance on Prescribing Medicines

Guidance on Reporting Criminal Proceedings

Guidance on Using Social Media

Guidance on Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults

Guidance on Scope of Practice

Guidance on the Duty of Candour

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Clinical Guideline 64 – Prophylaxis against infective endocarditis

Technology Appraisal 1 – Guidance on the Exraction of Wisdom Teeth

Technology Appraisal 92 – HealOzone for the treatment of tooth decay

Clinical Guidance 19 – Dental checks: Intervals between oral health reviews

Clinical Guideline 139 – Healthcare-associated infections: prevention and control in primary and community care

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP)

Management of Natural Rubber Latex Allergy in Dental Patients and Dental Healthcare Workers

Antimicrobial Prescribing for General Dental Practitioners

Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography

Pathways in Practice

Clinical Examination and Record Keeping: Good Practice Guidelines

The Department of Health (DoH)

HTM 01-05 – Decontamination in Primary Dental Care Practices

Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners on the Safe Use of X-ray Equipment

The Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

Alerts published by the MHRA (available by email subscription)

The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA)

The NPSA issues regular guidance via an RSS feed

The national specifications for cleanliness in the NHS: Guidance on setting and measuring performance outcomes in primary care medical and dental practices 

The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS)

Clinical Guidelines issued by the Clinical Effectiveness Committee of the Faculty of Dental Surgery

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Legionnaire’s Disease: The control of legionella bacteria in water systems. Approved Code of Practice and guidance (aka ACOP L8)

The Infection Prevention Society (IPS)

Infection Prevention Society Dental Audit Tool 

The British Society of Periodontology (BSP)

The Good Practitioner’s Guide to Periodontology

The British Medical Association (BMA) & Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

The British National Formulary

Web version 6: 3.8.2016
Previous web versions: 13.2.2011; 3.3.2011 (Reviewed 25.1.2012); 10.1.2013; 13.3.2013; 19.6.2014 (reviewed 5.6.2015)

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