The Scope of Practice sets out the skills and abilities each registrant group should have. It is not an exhaustive list of all tasks that someone can do. Your scope of practice is likely to change over the course of your career, whether because of changes in the technology of dentistry, or your further training and development.
The Scope of Practice also describes
additional skills that you might develop after
registration to increase your scope of
practice. You may expand your scope by
developing additional skills, or you may
deepen your knowledge of a particular area
by choosing more specialised practice.
You should only carry out a task or type of
treatment or make decisions about a
patient’s care if you are sure that you have
the necessary skills and are appropriately
trained, competent and indemnified. If a
task, type of treatment or decision is
outside your scope of practice or you do
not feel that you are trained and competent
to do it, you must refer the patient to an
appropriately trained colleague. You must
practise in accordance with the Council’s
standards document Standards for the Dental Team at all times.