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Running a safe and compliant practice

Friday 12 October 2018  |  London


​This event has now been cancelled.

The next date will take place at BDA HQ on Friday 29 March 2019 



Learning objectives

Explore the guidelines set out by the CQC and GDC to ensure your practice is compliant to nationally recognised standards.

At times it can seem quite impossible to comply with all your obligations. 'Is your service/practice safe? Is it caring? Is it responsive? Is it effective? Is it well led?' (CQC key line of enquiries)


  • Be familiar with the key issues surrounding CQC registration and inspections
  • Gain a better understanding of health and safety issues in dentistry
  • Know how to comply with current infection control and decontamination guidelines
  • Be aware of the GDC's standards and its complaints and fitness to practice procedures
  • Understand the requirements surrounding consent, confidentiality and data protection




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Dick Birkin,  Head of Advice Liaison and Development, BDA

Originally a GDP in the North West, before joining the BDA Dick was a manager with the Dental Reference Service for 24 years. He also spent time as a Clinical Policy Adviser for the DRS where he worked closely with SHAs and PCTs in analysing data and managing risk. He has given evidence at over a hundred disciplinary hearings and has acted as an expert witness at the GDC. 

James Goldman,  Head of Employment and General Practice Advice, BDA

James qualified as a barrister in 1994 and has worked as an in house lawyer, in the retail, recruitment and public sectors. He has provided advice on a range of employment and commercial issues, has appeared in a number of tribunal cases and has lectured on a range of topics.

Richard Harris, Head of Compliance, BDA

Richard advises members on CQC-related issues for England and is also involved in other regulatory set-ups in the rest of the UK.  Now in his second stint at the BDA, Richard has 15 years' experience of advising dentists on a variety of practice-based issues and has been involved with the developing CQC situation since 2010. Richard has also been in the army, the civil service, worked for a police authority and has also worked for a large NHS hospital.

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Victoria Michell, Practice Management Consultant, BDA

Victoria is a solicitor in the BDA's NHS, Business and General Practice Team. She advises on a range of business and NHS matter, particularly focusing on NHS contracts and disputes and has recently returned from a secondment where she undertook work on behalf of clients buying and selling dental practices.


6 hours CPD

The training course meets the educational criteria set by the GDC for Verifiable CPD and is certified by the British Dental Association.