Principle 7

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  • Principle 7: Maintain, develop and work within your professional knowledge and skills
    • Patients expect...
      • To receive good quality care
      • That all members of the dental team are appropriately trained, keep their skills up to date, know their limits and refer as appropriate, and work within current laws and regulations
    • Standards...
      • 7.2 Must work within your knowledge, skills, professional competence and abilities
        • Must only carry out a treatment if you are trained, competent, confident and indemnified.
          • Training can take many different forms - must ensure your training is appropriate for you and allows you to perform a task safely.
          • If you are not confident to provide the treatment, you must refer the patient
          • You must only work within your mental and physical abilities
  • 7.1 Must provide good quality care based on current evidence and authoritative guidance
    • Must find out about current evidence and best practice which affect your work, premises, equipment and business and follow them.
    • If you deviate from established practice/ guidance, you should record the reasons why and be able to justify your decision
    • Standards...
      • 7.2 Must work within your knowledge, skills, professional competence and abilities
        • Must only carry out a treatment if you are trained, competent, confident and indemnified.
          • Training can take many different forms - must ensure your training is appropriate for you and allows you to perform a task safely.
          • If you are not confident to provide the treatment, you must refer the patient
          • You must only work within your mental and physical abilities
  • 7.3 Update and develop your professional knowledge and skills throughout your working life
    • You must ensure you know how much CPD is required for you to maintain your registration, and you must carry it out within the required time.
    • You should take part in activities that maintain and develop your knowledge and skills.

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