Standard 6.2 states that you must be appropriately supported when treating patients.
6.2.1 we make clear that you must not provide treatment if you feel that the circumstances
make it unsafe for patients and this is our primary concern. 6.2.2 states that you
should work with another appropriately trained member of the dental team at all
times when treating patients, except in the particular circumstances outlined in
the Standards for the Dental Team.
It is not acceptable for dental professionals to be working alone on the premises
when they are treating patients. Ideally, we would want all members of the dental
team to have another member of the dental team with them in the same room, when
they are treating patients.
However, if in their professional judgement, they decide that having another member
of the dental team on the premises who is able to offer them support if needed,
complies with the requirement to ‘work with’ an appropriately trained team member
and does not put patients at risk, and they therefore choose to work under this
arrangement, they must be able to justify their decision.