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Some sense at last4th Nov 2011
Remember the blog about the dental nurse being brought before the GDC FtP Committee for doing tooth whitening on a friend?
Well, the case has been heard and the nurse in question never appeared nor was she represented; fortunately, the very educated and wise Committee realised that they were unable to prove any of the allegations (due to the poor level of evidence?) and the case has been concluded.
You can read the full determination on the GDC website. But I still question the validity of bringing this case before the FtP Committee in the first place.
It seems that much of the evidence was based on hearsay and gossip and failed to really deliver the point!
It appears that the DN in question was subject to some form of internal disciplinary procedure that seems to have failed(?) It also appears that some of the evidence presented to the Committee was made up as the Committee completely rejected some parts of it as being invalid as they could not have formed part of the disciplinary interview!
Shaun trained and qualified as a dental hygienist in 1993. He works full time across two practices in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in both NHS and private practice. Shaun sat on the GDC Fitness to Practice Panel 2003-2008 and gained an insight into the GDC and the problems that face registrants. He has a keen interest in clinical governance and quality assurance and completed the FGDP RCS Eng Certificate of Dental Practice Appraisal in 2009. Shaun is also one of three DCP local dental advisors for Dental Protection Limited and is a Key Opinion Leader for Philips Sonicare. He regularly lobbies for the advancement of DCPs and in 2009 was the first non-dentist to make a proposal at the annual LDC conference. Shaun frequently speaks to professional groups on professionalism and other ethical/legal issues and contributes to several websites and publications.
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