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The National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Regulations 2010

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Clinical audit activities

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40.—(1) Subject to the remainder of this paragraph, in the relevant period a dentist on the dental list shall—

(a)undertake at least 15 hours of clinical audit activities; and,

(b)where that dentist is of a type described in subparagraph (7), undertake at least 5 hours of clinical audit activities within the first year of the relevant period.

(2) A contractor must take reasonable steps to ensure that any dentist employed or engaged by the contractor in the provision of general dental services shall—

(a)undertake at least 15 hours of clinical audit activities during the relevant period; and,

(b)where that dentist is of a type described in paragraph (7) undertake at least 5 hours of clinical audit activities within the first year of that relevant period.

(3) A dentist shall produce such evidence which demonstrates compliance with that dentist’s duties under subparagraph (1) as the Health Board or NHS Education for Scotland (as the case may be) requires.

(4) In this paragraph—

“clinical audit activities” means activities (approved by NHS Education for Scotland or the Health Board) which:

(a)

involve the systematic and critical analysis of the quality of dental care provided by the dentist, (including the processes used by that dentist for diagnosis, intervention and treatment and use of resources) and;

(b)

have a defined start and end date, no more than 6 months apart;

“the relevant period” means the three year period from 1st August 2010 until 31st July 2013 (inclusive) and each successive period of three years thereafter.

(5) Notwithstanding subparagraph (1) where a dentist joins a dental list after the first day of a relevant period, that dentist shall, from 1st August of the calendar year immediately after that dentist joins, undertake such number of hours of clinical audit activities as are proportionate (which may be zero) to the proportion of the relevant period that remains from that 1st August to the end of that relevant period.

(6) In the operation of subparagraph (5) where that dentist is of a type described in subparagraph (7), that dentist shall, when undertaking such number of hours of clinical audit activities as are proportionate to the remainder of the relevant period, ensure that at least 5 hours of clinical audit activity are undertaken within a year from 1st August of the calendar year immediately after that dentist joins.

(7) The type of dentist described is a dentist who has never been included in sub-part A of a dental list kept under these regulations, or any earlier form of such a list kept under any earlier similar enactment.

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