GDC Lawyers for Dentists
The dental lawyers at Richard Nelson LLP have significant experience of representing dentists, dental technicians and other dental care professionals in GDC fitness to practise investigations and hearings. We have provided legal representation for a variety of dental professionals, from student dentists, to dentists who own large practices; both NHS and in the private sector.
The General Dental Council investigate a variety of fitness to practise complaints from concerns raised by patients, employers, the police and other professionals. Complaints can also come from the Dental Complaints Service, who are funded by the GDC and receive initial complaints about private dental care.
Complaints can be varied, but may include issues such as:
- Practising without professional indemnity insurance;
- Fraudulent claims for non-existing NHS work;
- Improper relationships with patients;
- Inadequate dental treatment;
- Alcohol/drug dependency;
- Criminal convictions/cautions;
- Failure to obtain informed patient consent;
- Having an ineffective complaints procedure;
- Scope of practice issues for dental technicians.
The GDC has 3 fitness to practise committees:
The Professional Conduct Committee – which deals with allegations that a dentist’s fitness to practise is impaired due to allegations relating to misconduct;
The Professional Performance Committee – which deals with allegations that a dentist’s fitness to practise is impaired due to clinical performance which is consistently below an acceptable standard. In cases of this nature the GDC will often consider a performance assessment to assist them to objectively asses the dentist’s clinical performance;
The Health Committee – which deals with allegations that a dentist’s fitness to practise is impaired due to the registrant’s own ill health.
Our GDC Lawyers represent dentists through all stages of a GDC fitness to practise investigation; from initial referral to preparing written representations to the Investigating Committee, to representing dentists before the Interim Orders Committee, the Professional Conduct Committee and the Professional Performance Committee.
We work with dentists to establish a clear strategy for their case from the outset. We prepare robust defences to disputed allegations and, where necessary, we present convincing mitigation. We always have the clear objective of obtaining the best possible outcome for dentists.
Our GDC lawyers also work alongside our criminal defence team if a dentist is accused of criminal offences, to ensure that a multi–disciplinary approach is taken to provide the best defence team.
Our independence from defence organisations
As GDC lawyers, we regularly defend dentists on a nationwide basis, who are not members of a defence organisation, or who have been refused representation by their union. Unions may refuse cover if an allegation relates to a dentist’s private life, or if issues of dishonesty are alleged. Our dentist lawyers also have experience of representing dentists who, for various reasons, have been practising without indemnity cover.
We are completely independent of any defence organisation and therefore we provide dentists with a personal and discrete service, maintaining complete confidentiality.
Contact our GDC lawyers for a free initial telephone consultation
We are committed to helping dentists and all dental care professionals and therefore offer a free initial telephone consultation with one of our expert GDC lawyers. Therefore if you are being investigated by the GDC for fitness to practice issues, please contact us today for immediate advice.
Alternatively, click here for more information on Fitness to Practise.
Get in touch
Our team offers impartial advice to dentists, so contact us if you would like to speak to one of our Defence Lawyers for Dentists in strict confidence and without obligation:
- Request a free call back using the form on the right
- Phone us during office hours on 0845 216 2000
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What our Dentist Lawyers do...
Our defence lawyers have expertise in representing dentists, dental professionals and dental students with GDC fitness to practise investigations and with a variety of other regulatory problems such as:
GDC Investigating Committee responses;
GDC Professional Performance Committee;
GDC Health Committee;
GDC Professional Conduct Committee;
GDC Interim Orders Committee;
Criminal Investigations and proceedings;
GDC Registration advice;
GDC Registration Appeals Committee;
GDC Restoration Applications;
Police investigations and criminal proceedings for dentists;
Assistance in disclosing issues to the GDC;
University fitness to practise investigations for student dentists.
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