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An introduction to consent course for Dental Practitioners

Speciality Classification
Oral Health
Time / Duration
20 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Faculty of Dental Surgery, elfh, NHS

Dental treatment cannot proceed without the consent of the patient. This session is an introduction to the basic concepts of the law on consent for dental treatment.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • explain the legal basis and GDC guidance for consent
  • describe the requirements for a valid consent
  • describe the consent process for a child
  • explain the consent process in an incompetent adult or adult with partial capacity
  • list the possible consequences of a failure to obtain a valid consent

Treatment without consent is a crime (of battery). Battery is rarely raised as a concern because a claim in negligence, if successful, will produce a financial settlement for the patient.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you can look at:

  • Department of Health guidance: 'Reference Guide to Consent for Examination and Treatment' 
  • General Dental Council Standards 
Instructors / Speakers
Stephen Henderson BDS LLM,
Dento-legal Advisor, Module Editor for e-Den Modules 10 and 11

Stephen is a full time dento-legal adviser for Dental Protection Ltd. He is also a Specialist in Oral Surgery. He qualified in 1984 and worked in fulltime hospital practice until 1989. Between 1989 and 2000, he worked part-time in the Oral and Maxillofacial Unit in Oxford. He had his own practice which he started in 1991, which was a mixture of general and referral practice. He obtained a Masters degree in Medical Law in 2005.

Stephen is also part of the Module Editorial Team at e-Den, and is the Module Editor for Module 10 Communication, and Module 11 Professionalism.

An introduction to consent course for Dental Practitioners
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Dental, -- DENTAL --
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
20 minutes
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