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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.

BDA advice


Employing staff 
Recruiting staff
Safeguarding patients
Equality and diversity in the workplace

​Employing and
managing staff

Bullying, harrassment and violence at work

Disciplinary procedures and dismissal
Employee maternity and parental rights
Employee pay and rewards
Grievance at work
Sickness absence
Employment contracts, practice sales and TUPE
Jury service and public duties
Managing performance

​Expert templates


Adoption leave and pay policy (v4)

Annual leave policy and form (v2)

Bullying and harassment policy (v2)

Data protection privacy notice - employees (v1)

Disciplinary procedure (v3)

Disciplinary procedure letters (v2)

Emergency leave policy (v2)

Employment contract (v)

Employment contract variation - letters (v1)

Equal opportunity policy for staff (v3)

Exit interview questions (v2)

Flexible working policy (v1)

Grievance procedure (v2)

Grievance procedure letters (v2)

Harassment by patients - policy statement (v2)

Induction programme (v2)

Job application form (v2)

Job descriptions (v3)

Job interview assessment form (v1)

Job interview letter (v1)

Job interview questions (v2)

Job offer letter (v1)

Job rejection letter (v1)

Maternity and parental leave and pay policy (v5)

Performance appraisals (v2)

Pre-employment checks (v1)

Recruitment monitoring form (v2)

Recruitment policy (v2)

Redundancy letters (v1)

Redundancy policy (v2)

Reference request (v3)

Sickness absence (long term) letters (v2)

Sickness absence (short term) letters (v2)

Sickness and injury absence policy (v3)

Sickness self-certification form (v1)

Training policy (v2)

Training review record (v1)

​Advice vidoes

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


Managing sickness absence

​BDA Events

​Training essentials – courses for the whole team

iLearn webcasts – a selection of sessions filmed at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition
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

​Pay and workforce research

The BDA conducts regular research into DCP pay rates. The latest survey also collected data on the hourly pay rates for all DCP groups - hygienists, therapists, dental nurses, and practice managers.

BDA Business Trends survey of the average number of DCPs employed in a practice.

​One-to-one advice

​Extra and Expert members have access to unlimited one-to-one advice via phone or email from our experienced dental advisers.
Call the Practice support team on 020 7563 4574

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.