The study day was presented by the charismatic Raj Rattan who – aside from being in general dental practice for 30 years – has been at the forefront of dento-legal affairs being a dento-legal adviser for Dental Protection for more than 20 years; he is set to become their Dental Director later on this year.
This was a full day session starting at 9am and finishing at 5pm, it was a highly interactive and relaxed affair with Raj taking questions and initiating discussions throughout his presentation; this was interspersed with witty anecdotes of past experiences. The morning session began with an introduction to the “new” NHS contract rolled out in 2006, describing the differences between treatment planning and treatment splitting and defining the role of the NHS Business Services Authority. After coffee, there was further discussion on the evidence base behind fraud within NHS Dentistry in the past, and the lasting legacy leading to the formation of the Dental Assurance Framework. The importance of good, accurate, contemporaneous record keeping was discussed with advice and tips provided on how to best utilise correct terminology in the context of the law.
After lunch the PM session consisted of defining what is meant by phrases/terms: “a course of treatment” versus an “emergency treatment”, and how this impacts on the UDAs a GDP is able to claim. The NHS contract was explained at length with numerous clauses picked out and explained in further detail, these were clauses: 39 (describing issues in the dentist-patient relationship), 74 (detailing what the dentist is expected to provide to the patient), 59 (describing to patients what treatments are available under the NHS and privately),177 detailing the appropriate prescription of medicines/drugs/appliances according the reasonable necessity of treatment).
The day finished with a discussion on the FP17 form in relation to the provision of private items of treatment and the importance of being able to offer both treatment modalities/options either under NHS or private basis with an explanation using the FAB method if treatment(s) is/are recommended privately.
This was an extremely popular study day. Raj was very engaging and fielding a whole variety of dento-legal questions and conundrums from the audience; we were very grateful that he could come and present.
We wish him all the best in his new role as Dental Director of Dental Protection.