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Are you (always) safe to practise?

Event Type
Event Subject
Development Outcomes (A, B, D)
Topic Groups (Indemnity, Law and Ethics, Risk)
Friday 30 June 2023
09:00 - 16:30
British Dental Association
64 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 8YS, England
Shreeti Patel, Matthew Clover, Len D'Cruz, Joe Ingham, Clare Lawrence, Kevin Lewis
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  • Student member: £150.00

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Are you (always) safe to practise?

Capability, competence and confidence in practice

Friday 30 June 2023 | BDA, LONDON

Learning aim:

To explore what is needed to practise clinical dentistry 'safely' from a dento-legal perspective and how competence can be reviewed.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain an overview of some key dento-legal considerations across clinical dentistry including endodontics, implants, orthodontics and aligners, and scope of practice

  • Find out how you can assess and review competence and capability

  • Understand how embedding awareness of competency and capability into the practice culture will help you deliver the best possible patient experience

  • Identify practical ways to create a practice culture where safe practice can be achieved and maintained.

Learning content:

Lecture-based sessions and practical group work sessions with the opportunity to work with peers and ask questions to the speakers.


Registration and refreshments
Introduction and welcome 
​Competence, confidence, capability, complacency and self-awareness

  • Understand the crucial difference between competence and capability
  • Appreciate why competence is continuously evolving throughout a professional career
  • Recognise the dangers of overconfidence and complacency, and the importance of self-reflection and self-awareness.

Kevin Lewis, Special Consultant, BDA Indemnity

Implants – competence and capability

  • The guidance and expected standards
  • Risks of implant treatment, including carrying out a root cause analysis
  • Complaints in relation to implants and case examples.

Clare Lawrence, Dento-legal advisor, BDA Indemnity

​Morning break and refreshments
​The root of endodontics risks

  • The importance of assessing complexity, realising your competence and knowing when to refer
  • Recognising the relationship between complexity, competence and the consent process
  • Be aware of common pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Shreeti Patel, Dento-legal advisor, BDA Indemnity
Competency, confidence and capability with adult orthodontic aligners

  • Gain awareness of the risks involved in carrying out adult aligner treatment without adequate understanding
  • What competency looks like for short-term orthodontics
  • Examples of incompetency.
Matthew Clover, Specialist Orthodontist, Salisbury
Scope of Practice – is it fit for purpose?

  • Dispel some of the myths surrounding Scope of Practice
  • Highlight the problems which prevent true direct access
  • Consider how skill-mix may be utilised to drive efficiency.
Joe Ingham, Dento-legal advisor, BDA Indemnity
Practical tools to assess and review competence and capability

  • How you can assess and review competence and capability
  • Practical steps to creating a practice culture where the team can thrive
  • Maintaining a safe practice.

Len D'Cruz, GDP and Head of Indemnity, BDA


Breakout groups (part 1) – case studies 1 and 2

Explore real life scenarios and work interactively with peers.

​Feedback from group work and discussion
​Afternoon break and refreshments

​Breakout groups (part 2) – case studies 3 and 4

Explore real life scenarios and work interactively with peers.


Breakout group feedback and scenario discussions.​


​​Panel session: Ask the experts

Your chance to participate in discussion with all speakers from the day.


Close of event.


Matthew Clover
Specialist Orthodontist, Salisbury

Matthew DDS, BDS, MFGDP(UK), MFDS RCS Eng, MOrth, RCS Ed  FDS, RCS Ed  FCGDent started his career as a GDP in the Army.  After an SHO post in maxillofacial surgery, he undertook specialist training in orthodontics in Bristol and Taunton, qualifying with the Harry Orton Award for top academic student.  He is the director of Salisbury Orthodontics and lectures on the Diploma in Aligner Orthodontics at the Aspire Dental Academy.  He sits on several dental committees and is the Director-elect of Clinical Practice at the British Orthodontic Society.

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Len D'Cruz
GDP and Practice Owner, London and Head of Indemnity, BDA

Len is Head of BDA Indemnity, a general dental practitioner, foundation trainer and practice owner. He has 21 years’ experience as a dento-legal advisor supporting dentists with complaints, clinical and regulatory issues, and clinical negligence claims. He is lead lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire teaching on the MA in Dental Law and Ethics. He has authored and co-authored two books: “Understanding NHS dentistry” and “Legal aspects of general dental practice” (Churchill Livingstone) and has contributed legal and ethical content to a number of text books and journals and websites. He regularly shares his wisdom on NHS regulations and contract reform and has both dental and legal qualifications. 

Joe Ingham,
Dento-legal Advisor, BDA

Joe spent 28 years in general practice and for eight of those was the dental practice advisor for Berkshire. He tutored at the Eastman Dental Hospital's School of Hygiene and Therapy for 17 years and spent a decade as a dento-legal advisor with one of the large mutual defence organisations. 

Joe has a particular interest in the legal aspects of prescribing within the dental setting and was recently made an honorary member of the BADT.

Clare Lawrence
Clare Lawrence

Dento-legal Advisor, BDA

Clare has 20 years of experience as a dentist, working in both primary and secondary care. She became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and gained her diploma in Conscious Sedation from Guys before joining the Oral Surgery specialist list in 2008.

Having worked in the dento‐legal field for the last six years, she has continued her interest in the law and recently became a member of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, going on to complete the diploma in forensic medical science. Clare is committed to pursuing proper and fair outcomes for her dental colleagues in all manner of dental complaints, claims, regulatory and disciplinary processes and advice cases.

Kevin Lewis

Special Consultant, BDA Indemnity

Kevin started out as a full time general dental practitioner before becoming involved in the dento-legal field in 1989. Over the next 27 years he served on the Boards of Directors of first, Dental Protection and later the Medical Protection Society (MPS), worked internationally as Dental Director for 18 years and a member of MPS's senior management team (Executive) until 2016. Since 2018 he has been a Special Consultant to the BDA in relation to BDA Indemnity.

For 25 years from 1981 to 2006, Kevin was the Associate Editor of Dental Practice. Since then Kevin has continued his regular columns as the Consultant Editor of Dentistry and in several other publications in and around dentistry. He has lectured and written regularly all over the world, having been an invited speaker at nine FDI World Dental Congresses and a guest speaker at the conferences of 18 national dental associations.  Uniquely, he has been awarded honorary membership of the British, Irish and New Zealand Dental Associations.

He is an Honorary Member of the British Society for Restorative Dentistry, a Founder and member of the Board of Trustees for the College of General Dentistry from 2017-2022 and continues to serve as an Ambassador for the College.

Shreeti Patel

Dento-legal Advisor, BDA

Shreeti has worked in general practice since 1991, however, since completing her master's in Endodontics at Guys in 1999, Shreeti has limited her practice to Endodontics. Currently, she is joint principal dentist at a practice in Oxfordshire where she provides in house endodontic treatment  as well as two other practices in Berkshire. Shreeti completed her master's in Medical Law and Ethics in 2018 where she focused her dissertation on consent and regulation of endodontic treatment.

With her legal and clinical expertise, Shreeti is able to assist members with complex endodontic medico legal issues amongst other complaints, claims and regulatory cases.


5 hours 30 minutes CPD

The training course meets the edicational criteria set by the GDC for enhanced CPD and is certified by the British Dental Association


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