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Updates from week commencing 10 April 2023

Read all the updates that took place throughout this week.


Friday 14 April 2023


Two-day business essentials training all practice owners need to know

A two-day interactive workshop will be held on Friday 19 May and Friday 16 June from 09:00 to 17:00 at our Wimpole Street office. 

The event provides 13 hours and 30 minutes of enhanced CPD on the commercial techniques that can be applied to a dental business to improve financial results and drive profitability.

The first day will focus on the know-how necessary to assess your current business position and provide a range of commercial techniques applicable to your business.

During the second day you will review the techniques used to improve your financial results, set out the next steps and develop a strategic plan unique to your practice.

Register today to attend and share this sign-up link with any dental practitioners you know.

Thursday 13 April 2023


England: Hospital dental trainees on picket lines

Members employed by a number of trusts are joining junior doctor colleagues on picket lines. After voting in favour of action, they are withdrawing from duties for 96 hours this week until 7am on Saturday 15 April.

Dental Core Trainees and Specialty Registrars are on the same contract as junior doctors and together are asking for full pay restoration as the cost-of-living crisis, burnout and well below inflation pay rises have taken their toll.

DCTs and Registrars in Scotland will soon be sent ballot papers to indicate their preferences for similar industrial action.


Helping you manage your NHS clawback

Across England and Wales many practices have struggled to meet contractual UDAs, with clawback expected to reach record highs.

For some contractors a certain level of clawback is inevitable. Our new video focuses on how you can manage the clawback process if you are predicting struggling in the new financial year.

Our business advice team is available to Extra and Expert members to provide one-on-one support, along with general NHS dentistry advice. You can call 020 7935 0875 or email the team for support.

Wednesday 12 April 2023


Updated advice: NHS pension changes

We have updated our pensions and tax annual allowance  and lifetime allowance  advice sheets to reflect the recent NHS pension tax changes announced in the 2023 treasury budget. 

The pension changes announcement from the Chancellor went further than expected and will be welcome news for the significant cohort of dentists who benefit from it.

We have been highlighting pension tax issues for many years and are pleased to see some much-needed potential improvements being introduced.


BDA Good Practice: Our quality assurance scheme

Do you own or work for a dental practice operating in the United Kingdom and want to learn more about BDA Good Practice?


Our quality assurance scheme allows its members to communicate to patients an ongoing commitment to working to standards of good practice on professional and legal responsibilities. Members have access to advice and practice resources, exclusive courses to help grow a confident team, marketing materials to promote your practice, templates to help you engage with your patient base and to obtain positive reviews and much more. 


Subscribe to our mailing list, to learn more about the scheme or contact and someone from the team will get in touch.

Tuesday 11 April 2023


Support during Stress Awareness Month 

This April marks Stress Awareness Month, the campaign raising awareness of the negative impact stress can have on your physical and mental health. 

Over the last couple of years, dentists have been facing an increasing amount of stress across the UK. Long-term stress can lead to physical, mental and emotional tension, negatively impacting your work and personal life. 

During challenging times, being reminded of the tools available can be vital. We aim to support you in every aspect of life, and in partnership with Health Assured offer members a comprehensive support service. If you ever feel overwhelmed please contact Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 for free 24/7 support in NI or the Samaritans on Freephone 116 123. 


Northern Ireland: Supporting hospital dentists

On 24 February, our new NI Hospital Dental Services Forum met for the first time to bring together all hospital dentists, including dental representatives who sit on the British Medical Association NI Junior Doctors and Consultants Committees.

The group is the latest step on a long path taken to support hospital dentistry and aims to consider all key policy issues impacting the sector. As industrial action gains momentum across the UK, it is vital to ensure the representative structures in place for our hospital members work effectively.

We cannot predict the BMA NI committees' decision on industrial action. However, we must be ready to ballot for our NI hospital members. Please complete our brief data cleansing survey, to ensure all NI hospital members employment detail are accurate and up to date.