Our latest DCT survey has shown a worrying trend in trainees who are left feeling underappreciated and undervalued when trying to take the next steps on the career ladder. Many are doing the same job as their peers, for significantly lower pay.
: “This disparity is completely unjustifiable. Trainees moving from DCT to speciality training are losing up to £10,000 a year compared to those in other nations. This is a huge loss of potential earnings over the course of your training. Students are being let down because of the way the banding has been set up despite achieving the same competencies under a national recruitment process.”
We cannot continue with an unfair system; we will continue to work and lobby to ensure that action is taken to close the gap. We are currently gathering more data on pay disparities across all UK nations and will keep you updated with our progress.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dentistry and Oral Health
paid a visit to King’s College Dental School
The visit saw MPs tour the award-winning simulation, clinical and training facilities, trying out dental procedures in virtual reality using phantom heads. The visit provided a great opportunity to catch up with politicians about the progress on contract reform, activity targets and recruitment and retention issues.
We continue to work to raise the profile of dentistry among parliamentarians and policy makers. We will keep you updated as we work to ensure dentistry stays high on the political agenda, maintaining the pressure for change.
74 years of NHS dentistry
Today we mark the 74th birthday of the NHS, by telling the story of NHS dentures from our BDA Museum collection.
The early days of dentistry in the health service were preoccupied with extracting teeth and fitting artificial teeth. In our video, BDA Museum volunteer and retired dentist, Roland Hopwood, explains how dentists tackled the huge levels of dental disease in the population, and the hard-won progress secured in the decades that followed.
Today, the need for dentures has reduced considerably and people are now retaining their teeth for life.
With NHS dentistry facing an uncertain future we continue to
campaign for real reform and fair funding
that delivers for dentists and their patients.
Find out more about our collection of dentures in the BDA Museum
history of NHS dentistry
Monday 4 July 2022
NHS conversion and bulk transfers made easy
Lloyd & Whyte will be online, discussing how patient payment plans can assist with your NHS conversion, providing an affordable route to private dentistry for your patients.
The webinar will also include discussions around the potential cost saving of reviewing your plan provider, and the options and processes of moving via bulk transfer.
The webinar will take place on
Wednesday 20 July at 19:30 via Zoom,
register now to secure your place.
Wales: Open GDP event tonight
We're holding a free online event tonight for GDPs from 19:00 to 21:00.
The event will include a series of short talks led by the Welsh General Dental Practice contract negotiating team: Russell Gidney, Dan Cook and Ravdeep Johal. Russell, Dan and Ravdeep are all practice owners in Wales.
The event aims to:
- Gather your views on how well the contract offer is working
- Hear from dentists who opted for the default UDA contract
- Hear from dentists who have left NHS provision or are planning to do so
We'll use this information to run a Wales-wide survey over summer, which will help inform a report to the Senedd Health and Social Care Committee in the Autumn.
All dentists and dental care professionals are welcome to attend.