C: Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice., D: Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes which maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients’ interests first.,
This training is based on the Civil Aviation Authority’s slogan “Safety is no Accident” campaign which has reduced aviation accidents to an incredibly low level.
The following topics are discussed:
Everyone in the practice is responsible for safety.
Everyone has a duty to speak up (including whistleblowing in cases of unsafe practice/unsafe equipment.
There should be a “no blame” culture for reporting potential or real accidents/ danger areas.
The “Command gradient” has no role in the workplace any more – a junior on their first day has as much responsibility as the practice owner.
Using the “open eyes” principle to spot risks – even if it means lying on the floor in the surgery to spot risks to a crawling 2 year old!
A safe practice is a happy practice.
Risk reporting is a LEARNING process.
On completion you will understand how the principles of risk management and promoting safety that have been so successfully used in the aviation industry may be applied to the running of a safe and happy dental practice.
General Dental Practitioner, Lecturer and postgraduate tutor, FGDP Examiner
BDS LDS RCS, MFGDP, MGDS RCS, FFGDP RCS
General Dental Practitioner, Lecturer and postgraduate tutor, FGDP Examiner Wise Dentistry (head office) James qualified from Guys in 1981 and spent 6 months as House Surgeon before going into private practice.
In 1986 he set up his own practice and being of enquiring mind worked his way through the portfolio of postgraduate study offered by the Royal College of Surgeons and the Faculty of General Dental Practice gaining the ultimate, the Fellowship in 2004. He has a major interest in education and lectures widely, from VT right through to Fellowship Mentoring and has been part of the Mentoring Development Group. He is a Fellowship Assessor and a Course Director (Manchester) for the FGDP(UK) Diploma/MSc in Restorative Dentistry. He has been a Board member and also a Course Tutor for the IQE examination. James runs several hands-on courses with his well-known humorous style. He gained the Certificate in Practice Appraisal in 2005 and so is well aware of the real issues faced by General Practitioners.
Having been a keen Meccano builder as a child, James performs all his own prosthodontic laboratory work and is happiest hand-tinting acrylic for natural looking dentures or setting up teeth at the chairside with input from the patient.