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Employing staff

Every dental practice benefits from a strong supportive team working together. The rules governing staff recruitment and employment are comprehensive and complex; it can be difficult to fully understand the responsibilities of an employer and the rights of employees.

The resource proved here will help you to understand your responsibilities as an employer.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, we answer your frequently asked questions on how to manage your dental team including contact tracing, referring staff for testing, if a member of staff has COVID-19, risk assessment, change in employment contract and furlough.





Employing staff

Equality and diversity in the workplace

Recruiting staff

Safeguarding patients

Employing and
managing staff

Bullying, harassment and violence at work

Disciplinary procedures and dismissal

Employment contracts, practice sales and TUPE
Employee maternity and parental rights

Employee pay and rewards

Furloughed workers - template letter to employees
Grievance at work  

Jury service and public duties

Managing performance and appraisals
Sickness absence

Expert templates


Adoption leave and pay policy  

Annual leave policy and form

Bullying and harassment policy

Data protection privacy notice - employees

Disciplinary procedure

Disciplinary procedure letters

Email and internet use policy

Emergency leave policy

Employment contract

Employment contract variation - letters

Equal opportunity policy for staff

Exit interview questions

Flexible working policy  

Grievance procedure

Grievance procedure letters

Harassment by patients - policy statement

Induction programme

Job application form

Job descriptions

Job interview assessment form

Job interview letter

Job interview questions

Job offer letter

Job rejection letter

Maternity and parental leave and pay policy

Performance appraisals

Pre-employment checks  

Recruitment monitoring form  

Recruitment policy

Redundancy letters

Redundancy policy

Reference request

Sickness absence (long term) letters

Sickness absence (short term) letters

Sickness and injury absence policy

Sickness self-certification form

Training policy

Training review record

Advice videos

The disciplinary procedure
1 - Investigation
2 - Invitation
3 - Meeting
4 - Decision
5 - Facing a disciplinary (for employees)


Managing sickness absence


Training essentials – courses for the whole team
Webinars – live and on-demand lectures covering a range of subjects.
Conferences – information about the annual British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show, the Scottish Dental Conference and Exhibition, and group conferences for dentists in community and hospital dentistry
Branches and sections events listing


​Recruiting practice based nurses, orthodontic therapists, practice managers, receptionists and dental technicians? Members - post your ad for free on
BDJ Jobs. Target job-seeking dentists, locums, specialists, hygienists and therapists using the discounted advertising options available. 

One-to-one advice

Extra and Expert members have access to unlimited one-to-one advice via phone or email from our experienced advisors. Contact our Practice support team on 020 7563 4574 or email: advice.enquiries@bda.org.


We may record telephone conversations that are advisory in nature to offer you additional security, resolve complaints and improve our service standards. Conversations may also be monitored for staff training purposes. You will be alerted to this when you call.


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