This advice is aimed at non-dentists who find themselves in the position of managing the practice of a dentist who has died or is too ill to work.
You should expect the practice team to be willing to help you and to take on new roles and responsibilities as you identify what you need to do. The staff will be able to provide useful names and contact details of individuals and organisations that need to be informed. Some should be notified immediately and some will require reassurance and evidence that a responsible person has been appointed to take control of day-to-day management and provide ongoing patient care.
Normally, dental practices must be owned and run by registered dental professionals. When a dentist dies, however, there is a special provision to protect their family or personal representatives from having to dispose of the practice at very short notice. In these circumstances, a practice can be owned and run by a non- dentist representative for up to three years. This gives you time to decide what you need to do in the longer term.
If you find yourself in this position, and need guidance on what you should do immediately and in the future, contact the BDA’s Advisory Services: [email protected]