Ian Mills, Author at Dentistry.co.uk
Ian Mills

Ian Mills

Author at Dentistry.co.uk

Ian Mills is dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)).
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The essential role of the team in dentistry

Ian Mills explains why the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. GDC Standards for the Dental Team states that: ‘Dental professionals should work with another appropriately trained member of the dental team at all times when treating patients in a dental setting’. This is predominantly for the interests of patients but also, … Continued

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A necessary evil

Ian Mills shares why he thinks that record keeping is so important. Patients attend our practices on a regular basis for a routine oral health assessment. They have an expectation that we will take a history, undertake an examination, provide a diagnosis, offer a range of treatment options and discuss the benefits and risks before … Continued

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Helping our new dentists

Ian Mills explains why dentistry graduates need additional support. Debates around the technical preparedness of young graduates are well rehearsed, but it is undeniable that a lack of clinical experience can prove extremely challenging in general practice. Things have changed since my day: higher standards, robust regulatory oversight and increasing patient expectations may have resulted … Continued

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People power

Ian Mills reflects on 2018 and discusses the impact of people-led campaigns as a force for good in dentistry It is hard to believe we are approaching the end of 2018, as another year disappears in the blink of an eye. I am uncertain whether it is because ‘time flies when you are having fun’ … Continued

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Setting an example

Ian Mills congratulates the profession on being an being an exemplary model for others to follow. As healthcare professionals, we commit to a lifetime of learning and development that extends beyond our initial qualification. Last month, more than 700 dental professionals qualified to receive FGDP(UK) awards or passed its examinations. In the past, there may … Continued

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Standards fit for modern dentistry

Ian Mills speaks out about setting standards, and why they must be used responsibly to promote quality improvement. This month sees the release of the fully revised second edition of the FGDP(UK) Standards in Dentistry guidance. Since the first edition was published, 12 years ago, there have been significant changes in dentistry. These changes are … Continued

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It’s who you know

Ian Mills shares his thoughts on the role organisations can play in supporting dental careers. Working as a dentist in primary care can be tough. I am sure those of you who work in general dental practice would agree, although most would acknowledge that the professional and personal rewards can be significant. In my opinion … Continued

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