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Exeter Study Club

12 February 2019
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Presented by: Simon Belford
Host: Georgios Margaritis
Date: 12 February 2019
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: Sandy Park, Sandy Park Way, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7NN

In 2014 I received the letter you never want to open. A letter from Dental Law Partnership outlining accusations about the standard of care that I had provided for one of my patients and a catalogue of claims for compensation. In this presentation I will outline the treatment that I provided , the claims raised against me , the process of litigation and defence together with a summary of what went well and what could have been improved in terms of patient selection, communication and the ultimate defence … the clinical note keeping .

Learning Objectives:

  • Litigation and what is entailed 
  • Fitness to practise and what is entailed 
  • The difference between both of the above 
  • What worked in my defence 
  • What could have been better 
  • How to manage the risk in the future


Simon Belford

BDS (Lond) DipImpDentRCS (Eng,Edin) FFGDPRCS (UK)

Simon qualified from Guy's Hospital London in 1989. He joined the practice in 1990 and worked as an associate at Alington Dental and a clinical assistant in the orthodontic department at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. He is now the owner and clinical director of Alington Dental.

Simon has trained extensively in all aspects of restorative dentistry both in this country and internationally. He has gained the prestigious award of Fellowship of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners. Simon also holds postgraduate Diplomas in Implant Dentistry and continues to promote the benefits of treatment with dental implants through publications, lecturing and tutoring on the Implant Diploma at the Royal College of Surgeons, London.

In his spare time he enjoys cookery, paint-balling and mountain biking. He is married to Jill and has two children, Jess and Eddie.


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