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Care for the carers

Donna Hickey explains where dental care professionals can turn to get help.

The work of a dental care professional (DCP) largely centres on helping other people – treating patients, perhaps helping them to overcome dental anxiety, contributing to the daily running of the practice and assisting colleagues. The term ‘dental care professional’ is not misleading – ‘care’ is central to the role and in many ways is synonymous with ‘help’.

But who helps the helpers and cares about the carers? And where do we go when we need advice or support in our professional lives? There are many sides to our work that extend beyond the usual demands of daily duties. These can range from problems with meeting the CPD (continuous professional development) requirements to acquiring appropriate insurance or understanding and complying with the endless standards and regulations.

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