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Fri, 29 Nov


Seminar Room 3, 5th Floor

The Principles of Dental Ethics and Law in the UK

This course outlines the fundamentals of dental ethics and jurisprudence that are required to satisfy current GDC requirements

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The Principles of Dental Ethics and Law in the UK

Time & Location

29 Nov 2019, 13:00 – 17:00

Seminar Room 3, 5th Floor, Dental Institute (QMUL), Dental Institute, Whitechapel, London E1 2AD, UK

About the Event

Course Summary

This course is intended for Foundation dentists, and Overseas dentists intending to take registration exams. It outlines the fundamentals of dental ethics and jurisprudence that are required to satisfy current General Dental Council (GDC) requirements, enabling dentists to practice safely and confidently in the UK. It will also address complaints handling, and how to avoid the pitfalls of litigation.

Aims and objectives

  • To identify the principles of ethics in the UK for dental professionals in practice
  • To explain the role and functions of the GDC specific to law and ethics
  • To outline the need for continuing professional development and becoming a reflective practitioner

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course you should be able to understand the standards of ethics and law required by the GDC pertaining to learning outcomes:




Subject Areas

  • Summary of the 9 principles set by the GDC for dental professionals
  • Summary of the 4 areas outlined in section 1.9 of the GDC standards for dental professional
  •         a) data protection

        b) employment 

        c) human rights and equality 

        d) registration with other regulatory bodies

  • Complaints handling

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Dr Amitha Ranauta qualified as a dentist from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1996. On completion of vocational training, whilst working in general dental practice, she pursued her special interest in ethics and law by completing her Medical Law degree at Cardiff University in 2000. 

Amitha is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and the lead module convenor for teaching of Ethics and Law and communication Skills teaching in the dental curriculum. Amitha successfully completed her PhD thesis, ' Professionalism in the dental undergraduate curriculum', in 2016. Her research interests are the development of professionalism, the role of patients as educators and reflective practice.

She has been appointed as an honorary lecturer of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons. She also sits as a panellist for the GDC’s Fitness to Practice procedures adjudicating matters on clinical and professional misconduct and has most recently been nominated as Chair of UK council of Dental Teachers of Professionalism. 





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