Here are my five essential dental compliance tips:
- Codes: know which codes and guidance documents are relevant. I highly recommend that you have hard copies available, which your dental team can readily access.
- Evidence: have documentary evidence which verifies that your clinical operating procedures are being adhere to. You should have a policy/statement of practice compliance, written standard operating protocols, and a set of short check-lists/simple audit tools available to demonstrate consistent adherence to key protocols.
- Awareness: have documentary evidence which clearly demonstrates that staff are fully aware of the clinical operating procedures and the practice governance structure (who’s responsible for what).
- Training: have documentary evidence that team members receive regular in-house refreshers on standard operating procedures. Keep this simple, it does not need to be time consuming. A 10-minute stand up meeting can do the trick.
- Location: have a designated location, known to dental team members, where practice policies, procedures, training records, checklists/audit records are filed ready for inspection. Then if an inspector arrives unannounced, your practice will provide an excellent first impression of your dental compliance.
Being dental compliant is having a systematic set of procedures which are consistently followed in your practice to ensure that your statutory obligations are being met.
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Next time: we’ll consider the different regulators and what they regulate.