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Principle One

Put patient's interests first


Principle Two

Communicate effectively with patients


Principle Three

Obtain valid consent


Principle Four

Maintain and protect patients' information


Principle Five

Have a clear and effective complaints procedure


Principle Six

Work with colleagues in a way that is in patients' best interests


Principle Seven

Maintain, develop and work within your professional knowledge and skills


Principle Eight

Raise concerns if patients are at risk


Principle Nine

Make sure your personal behaviour maintains patients' confidence in you and the dental profession




Standards for the Dental Team and its accompanying additional guidance documents set out the standards that are expected of all dental professionals registered with the GDC.

The case studies, scenarios and other learning materials on the Focus on Standards pages are fictional and for illustration purposes only.

Their aim is to put Standards for the Dental Team and its accompanying guidance into context. The material on these pages does not replace GDC guidance.

The case studies cannot be relied on to be clinically accurate.

Nor do the case studies intend to show the "correct" interpretation of GDC guidance, only one (or more) possible interpretation(s). Dental professionals should not rely on the case studies to make any decisions.

There is no substitute for dental professional’s applying their own professional judgement to the particular circumstances.

Nothing in the case studies shall prejudice the GDC's rights and duties under the Dentists Act 1984(as amended) and associated secondary legislation to consider and, if appropriate, investigate and refer to one of its Committees for determination any allegation(s) about an individual on its register, either that they have not acted in accordance with the principles of Standards for the Dental Team or otherwise.