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The only way is ethics

Event Type
Event Subject
Practice management
Friday 10 July 2015 - Wednesday 1 August 2018
00:00 - 01:00
BDA e-learning
Address, ONLINE
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  • Dental Care Professional: £30.00
  • BDA member: £40.00
  • Non member: £60.00

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The only way is ethics - a comprehensive update on consent, equality, diversity and ethics

Session synopsis

Consent and ethics have been seen by some clinicians as just the boring paperwork that gets in the way of finishing the appointment on time. There can be a lot of confusion about the consent process, who can consent to treatment, and how to handle cases where there may be difficulties in obtaining consent. But lack of proper consent, ignorance of equality and diversity issues, and poor communication are leading to an increasing number of cases where the best interests of the patient are not being put first.

This lecture will look at the practical issues of consent, how it is essential for the patient and the dentist, your legal and moral obligations, and how to avoid seeing these as burdens or obstacles. There will be an update on ethical practice, and the fundamental issues of equality and diversity within clinical practice: as well as the ethical side of consent, honest discussion with the patient, and conscientious treatment planning, leading to fair and equitable treatment for all. Remember, correct consent and ethical planning can prevent things going wrong or having an unhappy patient with a serious complaint against the dentist or the practice.

Lecture filmed at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition 2015.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the ethical and legal reasons for consent
  • What does and doesn't count as consent
  • The Mental Health Capacity Act
  • Equality and diversity relating to patients, staff and colleagues.



1 hour of verifiable CORE CPD

A CPD certificate (in the name of the purchaser) will be available to download once viewing of this online lecture has been completed.


About the speaker


Thomas O'Connor, GDP, Cambridge; Quality Improvement Fellow, Health Education East of England  and The King's Fund

Thomas O'Connor is a GDP in Cambridge, member of the Cambridge Postgraduate Dental Education Committee, and Senior Dentist with the CDS. He graduated in Cork, Ireland, and was Membership Director of The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Thomas has a Quality Improvement Fellowship with Health Education East of England and is a BDA Accredited Representative.


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