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Clinical Record Keeping and Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography

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Clinical Record Keeping and Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography

Clinical records are the primary source of evidence used for providing effective care to patients and also help to account for any actions and decisions.

The old adage says, “if it isn’t recorded, it didn’t happen” and this can be true with regard to clinical records. The dentist’s recollection of an appointment will most likely constitute a vague idea of what happened, whereas the patient’s perception of dental treatment may include more detail, as it is a personal experience. It may, however, be charged with pain and emotional distress. This means that the only evidence we can actually rely on is on what it is written down in the patient’s records. 

Question Yellow Why do I need to do this course?

Clinical Record Keeping is in the top 3 non-compliances listed by the GDC. Therefore, it is vital to understand how to keep accurate records when caring for your patients.

This course is run in a small, interactive group where you will learn about best practice in record keeping, how to undertake an audit of your records, when it is appropriate to take a radiograph and how to interpret them.

This course is for all members of the dental team and we advise that a dentist attends with their nurse, if they are involved and support the record keeping in practice.

Information Yellow Course aims and objectives

  • To describe why accurate record keeping is vitally important
  • To lst the constituent part of a 'record'
  • To describe how to undertake a record card audit
  • To describe when taking radiographs is appropriate in dental practice
  • To recognise what requirements are needed for record keeping in dental radiography
  • To demonstrate skills in reporting and interpreting dental radiographs
  • To describe the quality assurance process in dental radiography

Clock Yellow How long is this course? 

The course provides 6 hours of CPD, held over 7 hours (includes lunch).

Person Yellow Who delivers this course? 

The course is delivered by either Dr Susy Madrugo or Dr Farzeela Merali-Rupani. Susy is a dentist who has dedicated her career to supporting the profession by undertaking advisory roles within regulatory and dento-legal aspects of dentistry. Her extensive knowledge and experience comes from observing a number of inspections with various regulators, including CQC and HIW, analysis and support with patient complaints, Area Team and Health Board investigations and fitness to practise cases in her roles of Clinical Support Manager and Clinical Director for {my}dentist.

Farzeela is a general dental practitioner who has worked in a range of mixed practices over the last 11 years. She is currently a Clinical Case Examiner for the GDC and also sits on GDC Investigating Committee panels as the dentist representative, hence deals with fitness to practise cases on a daily basis and has expert knowledge in the common pitfalls that occur when producing clinical records. Farzeela also has extensive advisory skills given her previous role as a healthcare management consultant for one of the “Big 4” consulting firms.

Mapuk Where are the courses held?

Courses can be held in practice or at a centralised location for groups of 30 or more.

Pound Yellow1 How much does this course cost?

Call our team to discuss your requirements, price on application.

Places are limited. Call 0800 028 1697 to register your interest.