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Welcome to Hempsons’ Dental Newsbrief

2017 has certainly been a year of mixed fortunes for the UK dental profession. The continuing collateral damage caused by the UDA system in England and Wales has been heightened by the scale of the financial clawbacks from NHS contract holders – these clawbacks have become more frequent, and they are often larger. But the less obvious and more troubling consequence is that this money recovered from dental contract holders is being redeployed elsewhere in the NHS rather than being reinvested in dentistry, and is effectively a cut in dental funding.

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The delicate balance – ill health dismissals

Deciding when is appropriate to terminate the employment of an employee who has been long term absent due to ill health is a difficult decision. The Court of Appeal’s decision in O’Brien v Bolton St Catherine’s Academy [2017] EWCA Civ 145 provides some useful guidance on this issue

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Is your dental practice ready for GDPR?

The current law governing the use of personal data in the UK is the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”). The law will change on 25 May 2018 when the European General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”) will come into effect.

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24 hour NHS retirement – piece of cake, right?

Afraid not! The process for 24 hour retirement from your NHS contract can be complex and will take quite some time. Faisal Dhalla, a partner in the specialist commercial dental team at Hempsons shares his tips and advice for ensuring your 24 hour retirement goes smoothly.

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GDPR How it affects health and social care businesses

Keeping confidential information about staff and patients secure is a responsibility businesses operating in the health and social care sectors have taken seriously for a long time. But the requirements are about to increase. From May 2018, organisations will need to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), an EU regulation.

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Newsflash: NHS Improvement publishes revised Transactions Guidance

NHS Improvement (NHSI) has published Transactions guidance - for trusts undertaking transactions, inlcuding mergers and acquisitions which replaces Monitor’s previous guidance supporting NHS providers: guidance on transactions for NHS foundation trusts (updated March 2015) and the NHS Trust Development Authority’s transactions guidance in delivering for patients: the 2015/16 Accountability Framework for NHS trust boards (June 2015).

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CQC guidance for providers

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the regular of health and adult social care in England. They make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

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