Advice for dental professionals raising a concern
All dental professionals have a professional responsibility to report any treatment or behaviour which might pose a risk to patients or colleagues.
A key part of this is ensuring that there is a culture of openness and honesty. Raising a concern should be input that is welcomed rather than tolerated. It is vital that staff raising a concern are listened to and that the information is acted upon. This type of environment benefits patients, colleagues and the wider health service.
Principle 8 of the Standards for the dental team covers raising a concern, providing information on:
- How to approach this issue.
- What to expect from employers in the sector.
- When to approach us.
For more information or support on raising a concern, there's a free, independent and confidential advice line that is provided by Protect.
Protect are a leading charity who provide advice to workers who are unsure whether or how to raise a public interest concern.
You can contact them using their confidential advice line: 020 3117 2520.