COVID-19 created new challenges to dentistry that have never before been experienced. In addition, it has also shown the resilience of the profession.
Using a Bruce Lee quote, ‘Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.’ The question now is, how can we be like water?
Here are some top tips to overcome common blunders when adapting to a changing landscape:
Practice Meetings - Enrich the team with invaluable information to continuously improve the practice.
A Well-Led Practice - Have practice meetings in person or remotely, discuss concerns and ideas as well any new learnings
Equipment Maintenance - All equipment must be suitable and safe for the intended use. It should be correctly maintained, and, in certain circumstances, inspected to ensure this remains the case. However, around 40% of practices are overdue for maintenance.
CPR Training - Mandatory training is frequently put on the back burner by practices. Incorrect justifications range from social distancing concerns to financial apprehensions. General Dental Council (GDC) registrants are required to have hands-on training at least once annually.
Overdue Appraisals and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) - CODE (association for dental practice) research has confirmed that inspectors take a very dim view of practices that do not meet the requirements of an annual appraisal. This plays a key part in motivating employees to not only achieve greater success and continuously improve their performances but also to fulfil regulatory requirements.
Outdated COVID-19 SOPs - With the ever-changing guidelines as new research comes to light, it is important to set aside some time to focus on your SOPs and keep everyone in the practice informed.
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