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Risk Management

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Risk management is a method of identifying areas within an activity or process where problems might arise and putting in place actions systems to mitigate the possibility of harm, or an adverse incident or outcome occurring. It is one of the seven pillars of clinical governance.

The first stage in risk management is to accept that risks exist and identify them before they become an issue. An important aspect of risk management is learning from mistakes and near misses in order to reduce the risk.

All dental practices will have risks in common (e.g. in clinical activity, administration and staff employment), although risk assessment is specific to individual practices.

This section provides a definition of what constitutes a risk, and gives examples of the different types of risk that are common in dental practices and how to manage these risks.

Sources of Information

  • Lilley R and Lambden P. The Tool Kit for Dental Risk Management, Radcliffe Medical Press (2002)
  • Ratan R, Chambers R and Wakely G. (Foreword by K Lewis) Clinical Governance in General Dental Practice, Radcliffe Medical Press (2002)