Retention Rules Per Record Type
Dental professionals are required to make and keep accurate dental records of care provided to patients, whether NHS or private.
The NHS GDS contract requires that records are made of any treatment provided. It also specifies the length of time that records must be kept, in accordance with the contract. The NHS contract currently requires records to be kept for two years in England, Wales and Scotland and six years in Northern Ireland. However, other guidance on keeping patient / medical records would suggest a longer period of time.
Please see an article on this subject published by the Medical Protection Society http://www.dentalprotection.org/UK/RiskManagement/RecordKeeping/
Please also see the NHS Medical Records page of the wiki.
Please also see Good Practice in the Dental Specialties published by The Senate of Dental Specialties c/o The Royal College of Surgeons of England http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/publications/docs/sds.html/@@download/pdffile/Good%20Practice.pdf
Citations and References
Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010, reg. 20 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2010/9780111491942/regulation/20
Standards for dental professionals – General Dental Council http://www.gdc-uk.org/Dentalprofessionals/Standards/Pages/default.aspx