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CPD Approx.1:45 Hours

P189 Duty of Candour - The Legal and Regulatory Risk That Dentistry Forgot

Speaker: Kevin Lewis BDS FDS RCS(Eng) FFGDP(UK)

  • About This Course

There has always been a widespread misplaced belief that the duty of candour was introduced to fix a problem in medical/hospital-based/institutional healthcare and wasn’t really relevant to dentistry.  In fact, it certainly does apply, albeit in different (perhaps surprising) ways.

This recorded webinar busts some myths about the duty of candour as it applies to dentistry and explains its implications for practice owners, dentists and other team members, the records we need to keep and the conversations we need to be having in order to stay on the right side of the law.


This course aims to provide learners with knowledge and understanding of the duty of candour as it applies to dentistry.


 During this course learners will be able to:

  • Explain the essentials of the legal (statutory) and ethical (professional) duty of candour and the circumstances in which there will also be a contractual duty of candour.
  • Explain the general duty of candour and importance of organisational culture and the involvement of the entire dental team.
  • Understand what is (and is not) a notifiable safety incident and what needs to happen next.
  • Outline the similarities and differences between what the law and the GDC expects of us in relation to the duty of candour.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course the learner will gain an understanding of:

  • The duty of candour as it applies to dentistry.

GDC Development Outcomes

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