New guidance for healthcare workers on safeguarding adults at risk has been launched by the Royal College of Nursing, which includes input from the British Dental Association (BDA) and 30 Royal Colleges.
The document, Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff, outlines the professional standards that all staff in healthcare organisations will need to meet if they are to be involved in adult safeguarding.
The full document covers all roles working in dentistry, from receptionists and practice managers to consultants and board members, and are listed with requirements from level one to five, depending on the nature of a person's role.
The requirements are broadly similar to those that already exist for children and young people, and new starters will need a mandatory 30-minute training session in safeguarding as part of their staff induction or within six weeks of starting.
The guidance highlights that most dentists (including orthodontists) and their teams will need to be trained to level 2, in much the same way as they are for safeguarding children and young people.
Those practitioners who need to be level 3 trained will be those with specific roles in adult safeguarding and those with a specific role outlined in their job description. Staff will be expected to undergo fresher training every three years.
The BDA recommends that for dentists working in larger organisations, including hospitals and community-based specialist services (special care dentistry or other relevant dental specialties), the precise number of dentists and dental care professionals requiring level 3 competencies should be determined locally based on an assessment of need and risk.
Read the guidance: https://www.rcn.org.uk/professional-development/publications/pub-007069