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Webinar: The Consent Process In Implant Dentistry. Is It Worth The Paper It’s Written On? How To Protect Yourself

15 July 2020

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Presented by: James Stafford
Host: Zubair Sacranie
Date: 15 July 2020
Time: 19:00

We all worry about it.. We all have cases that have been executed perfectly well yet somewhere along the line have ended up – in some way – a failure. Depending on the nature of the patient there can follow a period of stress and uncertainty where we nervously reflect on the quality of our notes and consent documents. How good are they? What kind of defence would they be in the worst case scenario of receiving a complaint? Does it even matter??

In this presentation James will guide you through a history of consent (not actually as boring as it sounds..), where we are now, and what we can do to help prove that consent “happened” should you end up having to send everything to a solicitor in response to a claim.

Learning Objectives:

  • To appreciate the historic legal cases that have shaped the understanding of consent
  • To understand the basic legal processes that happen when a patient initiates a claim against a dentist
  • To learn that consent is a process rather than a document
  • To understand the best ways to demonstrate that the consent process happened
  • The inherent problems we still face in achieving consent


James Stafford BDS MFDSRCS(Edin) MSc

James is an award-winning dentist with clinical practice limited to implant dentistry and oral surgery.

He gained his undergraduate BDS degree from the University of Sheffield, winning the prestigious national “Heraeus Kulzer” prize awarded by the British Society for the Study of Prosthetic Dentistry for work on the replacement of missing teeth.

Post-graduate training in implantology began in 2008 at the University of Warwick where he completed a Masters degree, achieving both distinction and also the prize for highest clinical and academic marks. Further post-graduate studies have been undertaken at respected institutions such as Cardiff University, the Eastman Dental Institute, and the Malo Clinic in Lisbon.

In addition to focusing on implant dentistry, James has spent several years in hospital based Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and with over 10 years as a Senior Dental Officer in oral surgery continues to accept referrals for in NHS and private settings in the north-west of England.

James acts on the GDC (General Dental Council) list of experts and advisors, and following completion of the CUBS Expert Witness qualification provides reports for the major indemnity organisations and clinical negligence solicitors in the UK to assist with cases involving claims relating to oral surgery and implant dentistry.

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