NEW – Clinical Negligence Insurance

Dental Shield Insurance cover – up to £10m (no excess) against any legal liability incurred in the course of professional services to a patient in the exercise of and conduct of your business, arising out of a breach of professional duty consequent on any negligent act, error or omission causing injury. Run-off cover built-in and typically only £1,250 saving you up to £600 annually (see policy wording for details). Available to DPA members.

GDP Journal and FREE Verifiable CPD

Fed up with paying hundreds of pounds to get your CPD? Too busy to take a day out of practice? DPA members can get FREE VERIFIABLE CPD through the GDP magazine. Packed full of news and developments in dental practice, both NHS and private, the bi-monthly GDP is a big hit with busy professionals.

The GDC recommends at least 10 hours on medical emergencies, 5 hours on disinfection and decontamination and 5 hours on radiography and radiation protection, plus legal and ethical issues and complaints handling, in each five-year cycle. In the GDP we will aim to provide ALL YOUR VERIFIABLE CPD, FREE OF CHARGE.

To get your FREE VERIFIABLE CPD, read the latest copy of the GDP magazine (available on-line and posted to members) and then follow the link to our Web site where you will find a short questionnaire. Complete the questionnaire on-line and we will send you a certificate of participation (free to members only). CPD activity must have concise educational aims and objectives, clear anticipated outcomes, be quality controlled and backed up with documentary proof of participation from an appropriate third party. All CPD obtained from the DPA complies with the GDC’s guidelines in “Standards for Dental Professionals” and counts towards your CPD total.

All DPA-provided CPD meets the educational criteria required for verifiable Continuing Professional Development under the General Dental Council Lifelong Learning scheme and represents hours of verifiable CPD. Dentists must complete, and keep records of, at least 250 hours of CPD over five years. A minimum of 75 of these hours must be verifiable. So look out for the special CPD articles, visit the Web site and start collecting FREE CPD from the DPA.

Legal Contracts

Get the latest version of our leading-edge associate and staff contracts. Updated regularly to stay current with changes in legislation and FREE. Contracts that are easy to understand and apply, but up-to-date from a legal standpoint. Don’t fall into the trap regarding the self-employed status of associate providers. All employment contracts come with advice on implementation and support.


Don’t put your livelihood in the hands of your Local Dental Committee! The DPA can assist you in negotiating with your PCT on terms and conditions – or even negotiate on your behalf. A bargaining unit can be as large as a PCT or as small as a dental practice.

The DPA can also be involved by mutual consent at the consultation stage. Consultation is the process by which management and employees or their representatives jointly examine and discuss issues before making a decision.

Private Fees and Wages Guide

The industry-standard, this guide to private fees and wages is the only one compiled annually from a membership survey of actual expenses. Invaluable when setting your fees and hygienist/nurse wages and FREE to DPA members.

Dentistry Help and Advice Line

Now you have joined, you are among friends. Don’t know the solution to a problem—or just want to talk to another experienced GDP? Ring us for help and advice on dentistry from qualification to retirement and everything in between.

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Our up-to-the-minute Web site for busy professionals PLUS optional news alerts if you want important news sent direct to your inbox.

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