Helen Kaney

15 March 2022

Dentolegal Update: The role of the Dentolegal Consultant and what is happening in the dentolegal world


  1. To provide an overview of my career and the role of the dentolegal consultant
  2. To help attendees understand up to date dentolegal matters in a changing professional world
  3. To aid awareness of the role of the College of General Dentistry


  1. Appreciate the dentolegal role and the relevant opportunities open to members of the dental team on completion of the BDS degree and other similar qualifications
  2. Understand the relevant dentolegal issues that must be a part of everyday clinical care
  3. Be aware of the potentially changing nature of indemnity in the UK

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this session, attendees should:

  1. Understand the role of the dentolegal consultant, understand current dentolegal issues and how to protect yourself from complaints, claims and referral to the GDC
  2. Have an understanding of current issues in the dentolegal world including vicarious liability, indemnity matters in general and possible future changes at the GDC
  3. Be aware of and understand the role of the College of General Dentistry
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About Helen Kaney

Helen Kaney qualified from Glasgow University in 1987 and spent a number of years in general dental practice and as a clinical assistant in restorative dentistry as well as having a short stint in community dentistry. She studied law and worked as a dentolegal adviser in England for an American insurer before returning to Scotland and training as a solicitor. She then worked as a solicitor acting for doctors and dentists on the instructions of their indemnity organisations, dealing with clinical negligence claims, regulatory cases (GDC and GMC) and appearing in court at Fatal Accident Inquiries. For the last 13 years she has worked for MPS/Dental Protections as a dentolegal adviser and then as a Lead Dentolegal Consultant and Head of Dental Services, Scotland managing a team of dentolegal and, for a while, medicolegal consultants who assist members in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and England and Wales. Helen is an elected council member of the College of General Dentistry and has also been awarded Foundation Fellowship Status of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians.

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