Vicarious Liability

RiskDentists are responsible for the actions of their employed staff, and maybe responsible for the action of their self employed associates.  Problems might arise as a result of:

  • inadequate training;
  • poor communication (e.g. lack of understanding of responsibilities within the dental team).

Examples of risk-reduction measures include:

  • ensuring there are written contracts in place for employed and self employed staff
  • ensuring ongoing registration and regulatory bodies
  • confirming current and adequate indemnity cover with defences unions
  • regular training of staff in all aspects of their job, including keeping continuing professional development up to date
  • ensuring team members work within the GDC scope of practice for their role
  • maintaining good communication among the dental team (see Communication).