John Makin, Author at Dentistry.co.uk
John Makin

John Makin

Author at Dentistry.co.uk

John Makin qualified in Manchester in 1983 and has worked as a general dental practitioner in Lancashire and Devon. He was involved with foundation training for many years as both a trainer and VT adviser/training programme director with the Manchester and Exeter DFT schemes. John has postgraduate diplomas in law and dental education and served on the GDC’s Fitness to Practise Committee before becoming a full-time dento-legal adviser with the Dental Defence Union where he has had significant involvement in the development and delivery of DDU’s undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes. John is now head of the DDU.
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GDC changing its emphasis

John Makin explains why the GDC’s changing emphasis is something the dental profession should welcome. Fortunately, relatively few dental professionals undergo a GDC investigation. Even fewer have any action on their registration as a result. In 2018 the GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee imposed erasure or suspension in just 125 cases. Or 0.1% out of 116,173 registrants. However, … Continued

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Contractual friction burns

John Makin on how to temper the fallout when a relationship between practice and associate turns sour. Dentists have traditionally worked in general practice on a self-employed basis. In most cases, it’s a win-win situation, as the associate can focus on caring for their patients and developing their skills without the additional pressures of practice … Continued

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Read the small print

John Makin advises that it helps to have a clear picture of the types of products on offer when choosing an indemnity provider A report by the consumer group Which? found that the small print on an average car, home, pet or travel insurance policy document is harder to understand than Stephen Hawking’s A Brief … Continued

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Give honesty a chance

John Makin on why it’s important and ethically sound to inform your patients when their dentist uproots to another practice. When a popular associate decides to move to pastures new, it’s only human to feel disappointed, but also a little worried. It is not just a matter of replacing a respected member of the dental … Continued

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Restoring balance

John Makin examines the real issue threatening to undermine indemnity provision for dentists. Dental professionals considering the recent consultation from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on appropriate indemnity may be forgiven for thinking there is something wrong with the dental indemnity market. But, I’m happy to report that discretionary indemnity provided by … Continued

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Data controller or processor?

John Makin clears up the confusion about data controllers. With the spotlight on data protection following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), many practices have been reviewing their current arrangements. One area that seems to have caused confusion and has prompted calls to the DDU is the distinction between a data processor … Continued

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Pressure from the press

Dental professionals need to know how to respond when they get a call from a journalist, says John Makin. Dentistry is one of the few professions where the consequences of a mistake or adverse incident can generate significant media coverage. At the DDU, we regularly advise dental professionals who are alarmed to have been contacted … Continued

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Matching up to patient expectations

The skills needed to be a good practitioner are as much technical as they are personal, John Makin says. Understanding what a patient wants and values is central to being a good dental practitioner, but do we always get this right? In my experience, complaints can often arise when there is a mismatch between what … Continued



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