Legal & Ethical

Legal & Ethical (Course 2): Philosophical & Sociological Principles of Dental Ethics

Contributes 1 hour to your CPD


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Course Details:

The aim of this course is to explore the philosophical and sociological principles of healthcare professional ethics, including professionals' responsibilities under the duty of candour.

iLearn recommends that you complete the full series of training courses in this subject to ensure you have the required information to support you in this area. 

Once you have completed this course please move on to Legal & Ethical (Course 3): Ethical Codes for Trusting Professional Relationships with Patients

You will be presented with a short presentation followed by an assessment.

If you achieve 80% or more you pass the course and will receive a printable certificate to place in your CPD folder.

If you do not pass, you will have the opportunity to review the content and take the assessment again when you feel confident.


This course aims to explore healthcare professional ethics' philosophical and sociological principles.


Learners will be able to:

  • Understand how philosophical principles of professional ethics can be used to make decisions 
  • Recognise the range of legal and professional values that form dental ethics
  • Use the values of the ethical framework to answer ethical questions 
  • Define the philosophical principles of professional ethics 
  • Consider events that have influenced the current ethical climate 
  • Examine the influence of GDC Standards for dental professionals on dental ethics

Learning Outcomes:

The learner understands:

  • The philosophical and sociological principles of healthcare professional ethics.
  • How to promote understanding of the ethical standards expected of dental professionals by patients, employers, employees and regulatory boards
  • Legal and moral codes, the meaning of professionalism
  • The role of professional people and their duties to the public