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Dentists learn about law at BU

Dental practitioner Paul Kelly A new legal course for dentists is being run by BU’s Department of Law on Wednesday 11 March 2009.

Paul Kelly, a General Dental Practitioner from Dorset, has teamed up with the BU’s Department of Law to provide a unique professional development opportunity for dentists.

The course, entitled Dental practice: liabilities and risk, will be delivered by experienced BU academics and legal practitioners Nigel Astbury and Tina Martell. It will focus on the the standard of care that dentists must meet to avoid liability and the types of legal claims, including negligence claims, that may be brought against them.

It will also discuss the issue of consent and the importance of informing clients of the risks involved with any dental procedure.

Dentists who attend the event will gain practical advice on how to avoid claims being made, and in the event of this happening, information to help them minimise the risk of the claim being successful.

This bespoke course is in response to the General Dental Council’s (GDC) recommendation that dental clinical staff receive educational updates in legal and ethical issues, and recognises increasing concern of public liability often portrayed in the media.

Course Leader Nigel Astbury said: “We are very pleased to play a role in assisting dental practitioners to find a way through the legal maze. We hope to identify the pitfalls of practice and help dentists to avoid them.”

Paul Kelly, who recognises the value in enterprise and education working together on such matters, said: “I consider that the provision of continuing professional development by a university law department enables professional expertise in legal issues to be applied to complex issues that are relevant to dental practice."

When: 2pm Wednesday 11 March 2009.
Where: Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole.
Bookings and further information: To book a place, phone 01202 961123 or email Helen Blanchett.

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