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Jagdip Soneji
Registration Number:
61902
Status:
Registered with Undertakings
Registrant Type:
Dentist
First Registered on:
31 Dec 1986
Current period of registration from:
31 Dec 1986 until: 31 Dec 2020
Qualifications:
BDS Lond 1986
Undertaking from:
20 Feb 2019 until: 19 Aug 2020
Undertaking:
The Case Examiners have found a real prospect of a Practice Committee finding that the Registrant’s clinical standards fell short of what is expected in the following regards: • Diagnostic assessment and investigation. • Treatment planning. • Radiography. • Communication and the process of obtaining consent. • Record keeping. The Case Examiners have further found there to be a real prospect of a Practice Committee finding these matters to be capable of establishing the statutory ground of misconduct, and of the Registrant’s fitness to practise being deemed to be currently impaired. In the view of the Case Examiners, the issues of concern arising in this case can be said to relate to the following standards, as provided by GDC’s Standards for the Dental Team (2013): Standard 3.1 You must obtain valid consent before starting treatment, explaining all the relevant options and the possible costs. Standard 4.1 You must make and keep contemporaneous, complete and accurate patient records. Standard 7.1 You must provide good quality care based on current evidence and authoritative guidance. The Registrant has accepted his shortcomings in this case, apologised and demonstrated a willingness to remediate, evidenced by the fact that he has already undertaken an amount of training and records audits. The Case Examiners consider, however, that further steps are required in order to ensure that the matters in question are fully remediated, and that such remediation becomes fully embedded. In light of this, the Case Examiners have decided that this case is one which is appropriate to be dealt with by way of binding undertakings, requiring training to be undertaken in respect of specified areas of practice, coupled with workplace supervision as well as monitoring by the GDC. The Case Examiners are of the view that undertakings would satisfy the public interest, as public protection would be secured by way of training and supervision, and proper standards would be declared, and confidence in the profession and its effective regulation maintained, by demonstrating that appropriate action will be taken against registrants whose practice falls short of expected standards. The Case Examiners consider an appropriate period for the undertakings is 18 months. 1. He must notify the GDC within 7 days of any professional appointment he accepts or is currently undertaking and provide the contact details of his employer or any organisation for which he has a contract or arrangement to provide dental services and details of all the NHS regional teams/Health Boards with whom he has an arrangement, either as a contract holder or by being on their Dental Performers’ List. 2. He must allow the GDC to exchange information with his employer or any organisation for which he has a contract or arrangement to provide dental services, and any Postgraduate Dental Dean/nominated deputy, workplace supervisor and reporter referred to in these undertakings. 3. a. At any time he is providing dental services, which require him to be registered with the GDC, he must agree to the appointment of a reporter nominated by himself and approved by the GDC. The reporter shall be a GDC registrant in the same category of the register as the registrant or higher. This could be the same person as the workplace supervisor. b. He must not start/restart work until these arrangements have been approved by the GDC. 4. He must provide reports from his reporter to the GDC every 3 months and the GDC will make these reports available to any Postgraduate Dental Dean/nominated deputy referred to in these undertakings on request. 5. He must inform the GDC of any formal disciplinary proceedings taken against him from the date these undertakings take effect. 6. He must inform the GDC within 7 days of any complaints made against him from the date these undertakings take effect.
7. He must inform the GDC if he applies for dental employment outside the UK within 7 days of the date of application. 8. He must inform the GDC if he is registered or subsequently applies for registration with any other overseas regulator/relevant authority within 7 days of the date of application [for future registration] or 7 days from the date these undertakings take effect [existing registration]. 9. He must work with a Postgraduate Dental Dean/nominated deputy, to formulate a Personal Development Plan, specifically designed to address the deficiencies in the following areas of his practice: • Diagnostic assessment and pre-treatment investigation. • Treatment planning (including communication of such). • Orthodontic treatment and monitoring. • Radiographic practise. • Obtaining valid consent. • Record keeping. 10. He must provide a copy of the full Case Examiner decision relating to these undertakings to the Postgraduate Dental Dean / nominated deputy and provide evidence of this to the GDC within 21 days of the date these undertakings take effect. 11. He must meet with the Postgraduate Dental Dean / nominated deputy on a regular basis to discuss his progress towards achieving the aims set out in his Personal Development Plan. The frequency of these meetings is to be set by the Postgraduate Dental Dean / nominated deputy. 12. He must advise the GDC of the contact details of the Postgraduate Dental Dean/nominated deputy and allow the GDC to exchange information about the standard of his professional performance and his progress towards achieving the aims set out in his Personal Development Plan with the Postgraduate Dental Dean/nominated deputy, and any other person involved in his retraining and supervision. 13. He must provide a copy of his Personal Development Plan to the GDC within 3 months from the date these undertakings take effect. 14. a. At any time he is employed, or providing dental services, which require him to be registered with the GDC; he must place himself and remain under the supervision of a workplace supervisor nominated by him, and agreed by the GDC. The workplace supervisor shall be a GDC registrant in the same category of the register as the registrant or higher. This could be the same person as the reporter. b. He must not start/restart work until these arrangements have been approved by the GDC. 15. He must provide reports from his workplace supervisor to the GDC every 3 months and the GDC will make these reports available to any Postgraduate Dean/nominated deputy or reporter referred to in these undertakings on request. 16. He must keep his professional commitments under review and limit his dental practice in accordance with his workplace supervisor’s advice. 17 a. He shall carry out an audit of record keeping (including recording of diagnostic assessment and investigations, treatment planning, treatment progress, patient communication and obtaining valid consent) and radiography. The audit must be signed by his workplace supervisor. b. He must provide a copy of these audits to the GDC every 3 months. 18. He must read the GDC’s ‘Standards for the Dental Team’ (September 2013), and provide a written reflection focussing on how his conduct, for matters relating to this case (diagnostic assessment and investigation, treatment planning, communication, orthodontic treatment, radiography, record keeping and obtaining valid consent), was allegedly below the accepted standard of a dental professional, outlining what he should have done differently, and what the ramifications of those alleged failings can mean to patients, the public and the reputation of the profession. This reflection must be provided to the GDC within 3 months from the date these undertakings take effect. 19. He must inform, within 7 days the following parties that his registration is subject to the undertakings listed at (1) to (18), above:
• Any organisation or person employing or contracting with him to undertake dental work • Any locum agency or out-of-hours service he is registered with or applies to be registered with (at the time of application) • Any prospective employer (at the time of application) • The Commissioning Body on whose Dental Performers List he is included or seeking inclusion, or Local Health Board if in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland (at the time of application) He must forward written evidence of his compliance with this undertaking to the GDC within 7 days. 20. He must permit the GDC to disclose the above undertakings, (1) to (19), to any person requesting information about his registration status.

 



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