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Updates from week commencing 22 August 2022

Read all the updates that took place throughout this week.

Friday 26 August 2022



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.





Northern Ireland: Exploring the history of dentistry


The Lindsay Society exists to promote interest and study into the history of dentistry. The society's annual conference is open to anyone, members, or non-members with like-minded interests.


This year the conference will be held in Belfast between 7 – 9 October. In her latest blog, Roz McMullan gives a preview of the fun and what to expect throughout the weekend.


From a colourful tie collection to titanic dentistry the lecture programme has something for everyone. The society hope to see more people than ever to celebrate this year, so register now to secure your spot!



Thursday 25 August 2022


England: NHS statistics show radical change needed now

We are calling for urgent change for NHS dentistry, following the release of the latest NHS dental statistics.

Figures show that just a third (34.1%) of adults in England saw an NHS dentist in the 24 months to 31 March 2022, compared to nearly half (49.6%) in the last full year prior to the pandemic.

We will continue to press Ministers to step up and deliver much needed reform and fair funding for NHS dentistry.


England: Repayment of clawback and abatement/adjustment

We are aware that some contractors are facing significant repayments of clawback and abatement/adjustment that will cause financial difficulties if recouped over the normal three-month period.

In these instances, contractors should contact their commissioners as soon as possible to discuss a longer repayment period and commissioners should have the discretion to agree a reasonable timetable. 


England: Microlearning course on learning disabilities and autism

All health and social care providers registered with the CQC must ensure that staff receive training on learning disabilities and autism. This new legal requirement is introduced by the Health and Care Act 2022.


To ensure you meet the training requirements, we've launched a new microlearning course on this important topic. Here's some of the early feedback from members:

"As a parent of a young adult with a learning disability it's great to see how forward thinking the BDA is in providing clear and concise learning tools to raise awareness and improve the experience for patients."

Wednesday 24 August 2022


Survey: The future of the GDS in Wales

We are asking all dentists working in General Dentistry in Wales to share your views and experiences of the service via our survey.

Your responses will help inform ongoing consultations with the Welsh Government about GDS reform and help us to continue to ensure your voice is heard. All responses will be anonymous.

You do not have to be a BDA member to take part in this survey.

Tuesday 23 August 2022


Northern Ireland: Expressions of interest for unregistered patients' pilot

The Department of Health (DoH) is seeking expressions of interest from General Dental Services Practices for participation in a dedicated pilot scheme to improve access to dental care for unregistered patients.

The pilot scheme will improve access for local communities alongside supporting access for asylum seekers and refugees who are experiencing an urgent or emergency dental issue.

Expression of interest templates must be completed and returned by 1pm on 5 September 2022.

Monday 22 August 2022


England: NHS contractual changes webinar and training

Our evening webinar and training day are designed to help you understand how NHS contractual changes will impact you and your practice.

Members and non-members can register now to secure a space and the sessions will be followed by a chance to ask questions at the end.


Evening webinar: NHS contractual changes on Thursday 1 September (19:30 - 20:30)

Members can attend for free. Tickets cost £50 for non-members. 

Day-long training session in London: NHS Dentistry on Friday 30 September  

Tickets cost £150 for members and £200 for non-members.


Make your voice heard

Dentists are facing unprecedented pressure, in all fields of practice and in every UK nation. The recent pay uplifts do not keep pace with inflation, let alone address the real terms pay-cut dentists have endured over the last decade.

Terms and conditions in many fields of practice are outdated and not fit for purpose. It has never been more important to keep up the pressure, to ensure meaningful change. We need to hear the ways you might consider helping push decision-makers to act.

Help to amplify our efforts and be the collective voice for dentistry by sharing your views in our 5-minute survey  on the recent pay uplift, the situation on contractual arrangements and the prospect for reform.


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