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Help shape the future of record keeping by taking part in a new survey

As you may be aware from recent articles in the press, Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer (CDO), England, in collaboration with the General Dental Council and the NHS Business Services Authority, has launched an initiative to reach out to dentists across England regarding record keeping standards within the profession.

Chief Dental Officer urges profession to give their views in nationwide survey

The survey, based on the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners’ current ‘Clinical Examination and Record Keeping’ guidelines is completely anonymous and will take around 10 minutes to complete.

The information will provide us with valuable data from you, as practicing members of the profession, to enable the development of truly collaborative guidelines.

This is your opportunity to have your views heard, and influence guidance within dentistry. Sara Hurley welcomes and encourages you to share your individual and unique insight.

The data you provide will be collated by the Clinical Reference Group within the Office of the Chief Dental Officer (OCDO).

The Delphi method will be utilised to ascertain two thresholds. Firstly, ‘Essential’ record keeping standards against which to measure performance; secondly, ‘Aspirational’ standards to help clinicians with their personal quality development.

In this survey, we are looking at three areas:

  • A New Patient Examination
  • A Recall Examination
  • An Urgent Assessment and Advice Appointment

The resultant modified guidelines on Record Keeping will be used by the GDC, NHSE and NHSBSA to improve dental regulation.

We envision this consultation, involving input from those whom are directly affected, will mean a fairer and transparent system for all.

If this method proves successful we hope to roll this out to cover clinical standards in other key areas in the future.

This is a hugely exciting opportunity to take part in a nation-wide survey where every contribution matters. We welcome your participation in shaping the future of regulation in dentistry.

The closing date for the survey is 30 October 2017.

Take the survey now.

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