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​Duty of Candour - further updates for dentists in Scotland

16 April 2019


BDA Scotland reminded members in late March that dental practices in Scotland need to publish their Duty of Candour annual report as soon after 1 April 2019 as possible.


The purpose of the Duty of Candour procedure is to support consistent responses across health, social work and social care providers when there has been an incident that has resulted in unintended or unexpected harm, that is not related to the course of the condition for which the person is receiving care.

Since the March news article, Scottish Government has sought information from NHS Boards on their plans regarding NHS/mixed dental practice Duty of Candour reporting.


It is expected that such practices must publish their own reports in a manner that is publicly accessible – for instance, on the practice's website - and email a notification that this has been done to which notifies Scottish Ministers that the report has been published. The report itself does not have to be sent.

If a practice is wholly private, it must send reports to Healthcare Improvement Scotland, using the eForms system.

Support and guidance

BDA Expert members can access the Expert template to help produce your annual report

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