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Updates from week commencing 16 May 2022

Read all the updates that took place throughout this week.

Friday 20 May 2022

16:51


England: New side agreement available


We have a new contract side agreement  available for use in the first quarter of 2022-2023. The updated version includes amended UDA targets due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Due to the pandemic, NHS England has amended the requirements for NHS practices to meet their commercial targets for the period from 1 April 2022 to 30 June 2022.


If you have any questions, our advice team are here to support our Extra and Expert members with one-to-one advice. You can call 020 7935 0875 or email advice.enquiries@bda.org to get in touch.




16:43


Wales: Updated associate agreement available


We've updated our associate agreement template  for use with the contract reform model, please ensure you are using the most up to date version. Use of this agreement requires individual performance data such as new patients and recalls being available for the NHS targets.


For a period of time, reliable data about individual's performance against NHS targets may not be available. To remedy this, we have also drafted a side agreement  which should be used until reporting data can be accessed.


If you have any questions, our advice team are here to support our Extra and Expert members with one-to-one advice. You can call 020 7935 0875 or email advice.enquiries@bda.org to get in touch.




15:07


BDA Benevolent Fund: Ready to take on a challenge?


The BDA Benevolent Fund are looking for marathon-runners to help raise funds by taking part in this year's TCS Virtual London Marathon. The event takes place on Sunday 2 October 2022, and there are five virtual places available for people within the dental profession.


You can run the virtual marathon anywhere in the country and have a full 24 hours to complete the 26.2 miles. Don't miss the opportunity to compete in one of the most famous marathons in the world whilst raising valuable funds and awareness of the BDA Benevolent Fund.


The deadline to submit your interest in taking part is Monday 23 May 2022. All entrants will be shortlisted, and five runners will be notified that they have a place by Monday 30 May.




10:59


England: Free webinar and coaching available to dental teams


NHS England has invited primary care dental teams across England to a free 'Looking After Your Dental Team' webinar on 26 May 2022 from 6.30pm.


During the webinar you will hear about 'Looking After You' coaching, which is available to primary care dental teams across England. Coaches can help support your individual wellbeing, your team, or career conversations.


We're encouraging dental colleagues to come forward and benefit from this HSJ award-winning programme. Please register your interest in the webinar by 25 May at 12pm.




Thursday 19 May 2022

16:31


Get involved with Dentistry24


We are encouraging dentists across the globe to take part in Dentistry24 on 24 May 2022. The independent campaign encourages sharing positive stories and experiences of the dental profession over a 24-hour period.


The campaign helps to build a dentistry network online, generating millions of Twitter impressions. Every positive post you add, helps to widen the community, and make the campaign bigger and better than before. You can get involved by posting on social media using #Dentistry24.




15:42


Northern Ireland: Out of Hours rota goes live


To help reinstate the Out of Hours provision ahead of the summer period, all practitioners are being asked to indicate if they would be willing to join an Emergency Dental Clinic (EDC) rota.


Initially, EDCs will be sited in Belfast, South Eastern, Southern and Northern LCG areas, and will run at weekends and on recognised public holidays.


All practitioners are being asked to respond to this expression of interest survey.




11:44


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 goodpractice@bda.org and someone from the team will get in touch. 




Wednesday 18 May 2022

14:57


Safeguarding children survey


A research team from Newcastle University and The University of Sheffield are carrying out a survey to understand the factors influencing how dental practitioners safeguard children who miss dental appointments in the UK.


The researchers are hoping to gain an improved awareness of the barriers staff face when implementing missed appointment and/or safeguarding procedures in general dental practice.


Please take part in the study by sharing your invaluable experience to help feed into the evolving knowledge of this important area of practice.




11:03


Clinical Impact Awards citations


We are pleased to announce that we can provide citations to consultant/honorary consultant members who are applying for the national Clinical Impact Awards. Changes to the awards mean that there is no longer a need for you to hold a local award, prior to applying for a national one.


To be considered for support, please send us a 300-word statement detailing your contribution to dental clinical excellence at a local and/or national level alongside your official NCIA application forms.


Applications should be e-mailed to us no later than Friday 10 June at 17.00, any arriving after this deadline will not be considered. We will inform members after 16 June whether they have been successful in receiving our support. If you have any questions, please contact Eleanor Day by calling 020 7563 4168.




Tuesday 17 May 2022

16:31


Northern Ireland: New Statement of Dental Remuneration published


The Business Services Organisation has issued an MDS and associated revised SDR confirming the application of a 2.78% uplift to gross fees and allowances payable from 1 April 2021.


The uplifted fees will be applied automatically to HS45 paper claims submitted after 20 June 22, and to EDI transmissions submitted after 7 July 22.




15:36


Scotland: Amended NHS Covid-19 guidance 

NHS Scotland recently issued a letter outlining the process for the transition from the Winter Respiratory IPC Addendum Covid-19 guidance back to the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM).
The transition will be supported by an infographic and an accompanying document detailing specific updates to each of the chapters of the NIPCM with relevant hyperlinks where required. The expected implementation date is Monday 11 July, at which point the Winter Respiratory IPC addendum will be removed from the website. 




11:14


Library: eBooks to support your wellbeing 


Our online library offers a wide range of eBook titles, including wellness books that can help you take care of your mental and physical health. Read:


If you are experiencing stress at work, we also encourage you to make use of the UK-wide resources available to help you manage stress. Whether you want advice, counselling or simply a listening ear, there are many services available to support your mental health and wellbeing.




Monday 16 May 2022

15:06


Good Practice: Contextual safeguarding course


Contextual safeguarding shifts the way that child protection is considered and addressed. Our exclusive course for Good Practice members introduces the concept of contextual safeguarding and how dental practices can play a role.


GPS members should contact goodpractice@bda.org for their enrolment key. 




12:18


Wales: Updated associate agreement available


Practice owners in Wales have two contract options, UDA-only or the contract reform model. We have created a UDA-template  and can confirm that no ACORN data will be required when submitting FP17W forms.


We've updated our associate agreement template  for use with the contract reform model, following information from the Welsh Government. Use of this agreement requires individual performance data such as new patients and recalls being available for the NHS targets.


Due to individual data not being available yet, we have also drafted a side agreement  which should be used until reporting data can be accessed. If you have any questions, our advice team are here to support our Extra and Expert members with one-to-one advice. You can call 020 7935 0875 or email advice.enquiries@bda.org to get in touch.




09:40


England: Your views on NHS contract


A year into the contract reform process, we are seeing a growing exodus from NHS dentistry. Progress on reform has been slow, and we are still waiting for the "quick wins" we were promised to be delivered.


In his latest blog, Shawn Charlwood, GDPC Chair, discusses our position: "Around 3,000 dentists in England have left the NHS since the start of the pandemic, and both private and NHS providers continue to report severe workforce problems. A shift to a 95% threshold from April and the signal that it will be full targets from July, is not the supportive messaging the profession and our patients need right now. Drastic action is needed to stem the flow."


Shawn will give evidence to Parliament's Health and Social Care Committee as part of their ongoing enquiries. Your feedback is key to the evidence we offer, so please consider completing our survey and make your voice heard on these important issues.