Reducing Risk

Reducing Risk

 Instant-access eLearning module


We all know that dentistry is a challenging profession. In these days of increased legislation and tighter financial constraints, working in a busy practice whilst taking care of your patients is a very tall order.

Having now worked for over 23 years in general dental practice, Antony has amassed a great deal of knowledge and experience by encountering the vast majority of situations dentists will meet working in this discipline.

In an attempt to keep you on a safe course as you begin to navigate the, sometimes stormy, seas of your new career, Antony has drawn together some of that experience which you may find helpful to reducing risk and how you can apply this on a daily basis at the chairside.

Learning Outcomes

  • Professionalism; what it means, why it is important
  • Ethics; background of ethics, what are ethics and what are professional ethics
  • Theory of communication, methods of effective and appropriate communications with patients and the dental team, communication skills, barriers to communication.
  • The importance of confidentiality as a fundamental principle of medical practice
  • The importance of consent as a fundamental principle of medical practice
  • Importance of always applying first principles and accurate record keeping.

GDC Development Outcomes: A, B & D

Antony M. Visocchi


Antony has been in general dental practice for over 23 years. He provides expert witness reports for the General Dental Council and dental indemnity providers as well as clinical negligence and personal injury solicitors. He now splits his professional life between his roles as DPA for NHS Forth Valley, Director of Dentistry for NHS Shetland, Clinical Lecturer at Aberdeen Institute of Dentistry as well as being involved with education and examining at RCPS Glasgow. He attained the Cardiff University Bond Solon Civil Expert Witness Certificate and is currently working on his dissertation for an LLM in Medical Law and Ethics.



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