The Health Information and Quality Authority recently held a number of stakeholder briefings in Dublin, Galway, and Cork.
Dental Practice Owners you are legally required to manage safety and health at work, so as to prevent accidents and ill-health.
It is important that all staff understand and comply with the principles of personal protection as set out in the Dental Council code of practice.
Documentary evidence of compliance is a fundamental requirement of any Regulatory Authority. It is advisable that this is held to hand.
In dental practices, everyone from owners, associates, visiting specialists and staff should be briefed on the methods of securing personal information. This should include signing off on a training record that they have had such a briefing.
The Prevention of Sharps Injuries in the Healthcare Sector Regulations (S.I. 135 of 2014) and related Dental Council guidance on sharps management can be overlooked in a busy practice.
The best time to review your dental practice’s compliance processes is before not after you take on a new employee.
Some thoughts on how governance applies to the smaller business entities in the context of government regulation.
Dr Jane Renehan recommends the EPA’s new dental code of practice as essential reading for all dentists and dental team members.
Dentistry is operating in a world where regulatory monitoring and legal enforcement seem to be forever shifting.