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Membership Definitions

Membership of the British Dental Association conveys certain privileges and benefits as set out below, such privileges and benefits may be changed from time to time in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of membership.

Membership Definitions

​​​​​​​​​​Introduction

Membership of the British Dental Association conveys certain privileges and benefits as set out below, such privileges and benefits may be changed from time to time in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of membership.


This document should be read in conjunction with the Articles of Association and the Terms and Conditions of membership (which prevail in the event of any conflict).
 

Specific regulations and restrictions may apply to the use of certain services and where applicable these may be found on the BDA website.

 

Any references to ‘advice’, ‘support’, ‘information’, ‘guidance’ or ‘representation’, and similar terms in this document should be understood as applying only to UK jurisdictions.

 

‘Essential’ membership

‘Essential’ members are entitled to the following benefits and privileges:

 

Trade Union membership and support

Collective representation

 

Representation of the profession in its dealings with governments and employing authorities, including:

 

  • Negotiating terms and conditions of service

  • Lobbying of politicians on legislation affecting dentists as business people and clinicians 

  • Campaigning and lobbying on diverse issues including contract pilots, tooth whitening, DFT places, seniority pay and amalgam

  • Lobbying on commissioning and contract arrangements 

  • Lobbying the European commission and parliament 

  • Championing high standards and promoting policies that benefit dental practice and dental care 

  • Promoting the role of evidence-based dental care.

Associate contract checking service

  • Detailed written feedback for associates on their associate contracts, delivered via e-mail. 

Mediation

  • Free mediation on associateship disputes between members. 

Services for salaried members

Terms and conditions of service

 

One-to-one advice, delivered via phone or email by your Employment Relations Officer (ERO): 
 

  • Advice on all employment terms and conditions 

  • Defence against disciplinary action 

  • Defence against grievance or bullying and harassment claims 

  • Capability proceedings 

  • Redundancy 

  • Dismissals (Employment Tribunals and legal advice). ​

Day-to-day matters

One-to-one advice from your ERO regarding day-to-day problems in your workplace, delivered via phone or email:

 

  • Terms and conditions of service 

  • Pay scales 

  • Contract checking 

  • Annual leave, sickness and maternity/paternity/adoption pay and entitlements 

  • Employer proposals for changing working practices 

  • Part-time working 

  • Adverse weather conditions.

Acting on your behalf

Representation and support when you need it:

 

Routine matters:

 

  • ​Increments and competency payments 

  • Underpayments and overpayments 

  • Leave entitlement disputes 

  • Return-to-work arrangements 

  • Minor employment disputes 

  • Early severance agreements 

Internal grievances or complaints to secure improvements in terms and conditions:

 

  • Contact and meetings with HR or managers 

  • Pay negotiations 

  • Disputed places of work, working patterns 

  • Personal effects of organisational change 

  • Redundancy or redeployment due to organisational change, including TUPE 

  • Phased return to work 

  • How to handle minor grievances 

  • Appeals against adverse findings in any procedure

Formal representation for serious matters:

 

  • Bullying and harassment 

  • Disciplinary action 

  • Capability procedures

  • Disputed redundancy

  • Serious grievances against members

  • Redeployment due to disability

  • Contract termination.

Provision of advice and representation is subject to the Association’s ‘Policy on the provision of support for salaried members’, which can be found​ here 

 

Online services

 

Dedicated resources for salaried members as described below.

 

Branches and Sections

Membership of a Branch

 

The BDA has an active network of 21 branches, many divided into sections, ensuring local representation and the ability for members to network at a local level. Upon joining the BDA, you will be automatically become a member of your local branch. Offerings vary, but can include:

 

  • Varied programmes of clinical and social events 
  • Ability to earn CPD 
  • Networking opportunities 
  • Young Dentists Groups 
  • Access to the BDA Golf Society. 

Publications

The British Dental Journal (BDJ)

 

The BDJ is the official journal of the BDA and aims to inform readers of ideas, opinions, developments and key issues in dentistry - clinical, practical and scientific - stimulating interest, debate and discussion. All papers published in the BDJ are subject to rigorous peer review.
 

  • The BDJ delivered free of charge to one UK address 24 times per year. 

  • Full access to the BDJ website, including abstracts and full text of all BDJ articles published since 1999.

BDJ In Practice

 

BDJ In Practice is a monthly publication that covers dental industry news stories, political hot topics and practical practice advice.

 

  • BDJ In Practice delivered free of charge to one UK address 12 times per year. 

  • Online access to BDJ In Practice, including back issues going back to 2010.

Online services

Advice, support and information

 

The BDA website is the most comprehensive dental site in the UK, and provides a wealth of advice, support and information to members.

 

  • Access to advice, support and information 
  • Constantly updated news on dental matters 
  • The ability to download BDA advice in PDF format 
  • Online control over your membership profile and preferences 
  • The ability to buy BDA books and products online and book many BDA events. 

Access to wider resources

 

BDA Good Practice


BDA Good Practice is the leading quality assurance programme for UK dental practices.


Online access to practice self-assessment, which outlines the legal and professional requirements that must be met to gain membership of the Scheme

 

  • Guidance on what needs to be done to meet the individual requirements 
    Access to BDA advice publications for further information 
    Online application to join the Scheme 

iLearn

 

  • Free webcast access to the 2017 core CPD lecture package.

Careers and professional development

BDA CPD Hub

 

The BDA’s CPD system offers members the ability both to earn verifiable CPD and also record and manage all CPD activity in one central location.

 

  • Access to BDA CPD 'Hub' system 
  • Earn up to 48 hours of verifiable CPD per year from the BDJ 
  • Earn up to 12 hours of verifiable CPD per year from BDJ In Practice 
  • Record, track and manage all CPD, wherever earned. 

BDJ Jobs website

 

A fully searchable online database of job and classified ads from the BDJ.

 

  • Unlimited online access to BDJ Jobs.

Library

Access to the library

 

The BDA boasts Europe’s most comprehensive dental library. Members can enjoy:

 

  • Free Wi-Fi 

  • Photocopying facilities 

  • A relaxing space to work in 

  • Face-to-face assistance from experienced library professionals. 

Borrowing rights

 

  • Up to eight items may be borrowed at any one time 
  • Items are loaned for one month 
  • Items can be renewed as long as another member has not reserved them. 

Postal loan service

 

  • Requested items posted free of charge within the UK 
  • Items may be returned in person to the Library or to the ‘drop box’ outside the building when closed 
  • Items may also be returned via post at the member’s expense.

Specialist subject bundles service

 

  • Topic collections comprising a Medline search, Cochrane reviews, guidelines, policy documents, recent BDJ articles, etc. 

  • Bundles can be posted or emailed on request and may take a week to prepare. 

Literature search service

 

Library staff will search Medline, Cochrane and various other online sources for articles and/or details of guidelines/policy documents. 

 

  • Results emailed or posted back within two working days 
  • Each Medline search will contain:
    1. search strategy used (to demonstrate how the search was carried out)
    2. list of article references along with abstracts 
    3. availability of each journal in the library
  • Cochrane reviews plus electronic copies of guidelines/policy documents will be supplied where possible and references to them where not 
  • Access to Ovid Medline is also provided for members to carry out their own searches.

Ebooks

 

The Library offers a catalogue of over 310 ebooks, accessible via the BDA website.
 

  • Keep your downloaded e-book for one week 
  • Print up to one chapter of the book 
  • Download the book again if you want to store it for longer 
  • Some (but not all) e-books can be downloaded to iPhone or iPad. 

Museum

The BDA Museum has the largest collection of material relating to the history of dentistry in the UK and aims to bring out the relevance of the past, present and future of dentistry, to inspire and educate existing and new audiences and to influence the perception of the science, practice and social impact of dentistry.
 

Discounts and preferential rates

Specialist insurance and financial services

This service (arranged through Lloyd & Whyte Ltd and Lloyd & Whyte (Financial Services) Ltd), offers preferential rates for members on specialist insurance and financial services with the aim of assisting access to solutions for the majority of members’ insurance and financial services requirements, through a single, specialist provider, including:

 

  • Practice insurance 
  • Credit and debit card processing 
  • Practice overheads insurance 
  • Business protection
  • Commercial mortgages
  • Home insurance
  • Income protection
  • Critical illness
  • Retirement planning
  • Travel insurance
  • Investment services
  • Mortgage services
  • Independent financial review
  • Property owners' insurance 
  • Graduate loans.​

Discounts on BDA books, products and events

Save up to 50% on BDJ books and BDA products 

  • Free P&P on all orders from BDA Shop 
  • Save up to 20% on dental textbooks via BDA Bookclub
  • Save over 20% on BDA Seminars 
  • Save over 25% on BDA Training Essentials courses  

‘International’ membership

‘International’ members are entitled to the benefits and privileges of ‘Essential’ membership, with the following alterations:

 

Publications

The British Dental Journal (BDJ)

 

  • The BDJ delivered free of charge to one address outside the UK 24 times per year. 

BDJ In Practice

 

  • BDJ In Practice delivered free of charge to one address outside the UK 12 times per year.  

Overseas Qualified working towards GDC Registration' membership

Members are entitled to the benefits and privileges of 'Essential' membership, with the following exception:

 

  • Exclusion of any voting rights.​

‘Extra’ membership

Includes all the privileges and benefits of ‘Essential’ membership, plus:

 

One-to-one support services

Access to one-to-one advice, across a huge range of matters, from a team of advisers with extensive professional experience and expertise. All one to one Advice Services can be accessed by telephone or e-mail, or by appointment at the BDA’s offices, during the Association’s working hours.

 

Advice Services

 

The range of one to one advice services (‘Advice Services’) available to members in this tier includes the following, subject to the Association’s Policy on the provision of advice to non-salaried members.

 

Employment, self-employment and staffing matters:

 

  • Associate agreements: guidance for negotiation of the terms of associate agreements, reviews of agreements, advice on variations to agreements and advice on breaches of agreement terms
  • Hygienist and other Dental Care Professional (DCP) contracts: guidance for negotiation of the terms of DCP contracts, review of contracts, advice on variations to contracts and advice on breaches of contract terms
  • Employment contracts: guidance for the negotiation of staff terms, review of staff contracts, advice on variations to contracts and advice on breaches of contract terms 
  • Employment status: advice on contract terms and the implications of any historic course of dealings 
  • Recruitment: advice for practice owners on planning and implementing recruitment processes including placing adverts, shortlisting and interviewing and guidance for addressing matters arising from the recruitment of staff and self-employed personnel; and advice for associates on preparing for and taking part in recruitment processes and interviews 
  • References: guidance for practice owners on legal responsibilities for acquiring references prior to recruitment, and for the provision of references post-employment; and guidance for associates on legal rights and responsibilities in relation to references 
  • Statutory employee rights and employer obligations: guidance on legal requirements for providing information to staff, staff pay entitlements, requirements for parental and family leave and sickness leave arrangements, duties of trust and confidence and working time responsibilities 
  • Statutory rights for self-employed personnel and duties owed to self-employed personnel: guidance on rights of associates as workers 
  • Obligations of NHS providers and rights of NHS performers: guidance on contractual obligations including requirements for the carrying out of pre-engagement checks, and advice for providers and performers in relation to claims for NHS additional payments and superannuation 
  • Performance management: guidance on implementation of performance management policies and advice for practice owners on addressing performance concerns with staff and self-employed personnel; advice for associates in addressing performance management concerns raised 
  • Equality and discrimination: guidance on employment policy requirements and statutory responsibilities, and advice for addressing equality and discrimination concerns in practice 
  • Employee rewards: guidance for implementing and making changes to employee reward schemes 
  • Staff appraisals: guidance for implementing appraisal processes and addressing matters arising from staff appraisals 
  • Associate disputes: advice and guidance for addressing disputes arising from conduct concerns and breaches of contract terms 
  • Employment disputes: advice and guidance for addressing disputes arising from conduct concerns and breaches of contract terms 
  • Disciplinary matters: recommendations for drafting disciplinary policies, and advice for employers in addressing staff disciplinary matters. Attendance at staff disciplinary hearings might also be available on a consultancy basis, subject to terms and conditions 
  • Grievance matters: recommendations for grievance policies and protocols and advice for employers in addressing staff grievance matters. Attendance at staff grievance hearings might also be available on a consultancy basis, subject to terms and conditions 
  • Sickness absence management: advice on supporting staff and self-employed personnel through periods of sickness and addressing concerns about sickness absence 
  • Sickness absence support: advice for NHS performers when incapacitated due to sickness 
  • Dismissal and termination: advice on preparing to address disciplinary matters, implementing disciplinary procedures and terminating contracts with staff and self-employed personnel 
  • Redundancy: guidance on statutory and contractual responsibilities, and practical advice for preparing for and implementing staff redundancy processes 
  • Transfer of Undertakings and Protection of Employment (TUPE): guidance on statutory responsibilities, and practical advice for addressing staff transfers 
  • Practice sale implications for associates: advice on the implications of practice sales in relation to the engagement of associates 
  • Employment policy requirements: guidance on statutory requirements, and advice for drafting policies to ensure compliance with employment law 
  • Employment legislation: advice and updates 
  • Employment tribunal processes and procedures: advice on employment tribunal processes and procedures, in relation to disputes with practice staff, up to the point that a claim is submitted to a tribunal. 

General practice matters:

 

  • Practice contracts: advice on legal matters relating to contracts for supplies, equipment, laboratory services, waste services, cleaning services and communications and advertising services
  • Patient contracts: advice on legal matters relating to contracts with patients, and the application of Sale of Goods and Services legislation 
  • Information management: guidance on statutory requirements under Data Protection and Freedom of Information legislation 
  • Patient consent: advice on legal requirements for obtaining and recording patient consent 
  • Record keeping: advice on legal requirements for retention and storage of patient records 
  • Referrals: advice on regulatory and NHS contractual requirements and General Dental Council (GDC) standards relating to referrals 
  • Safeguarding: advice on the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable groups, guidance on Criminal Records Bureau check requirements, and information on disclosure and barring obligations o Patient confidentiality and privacy: guidance on legal requirements, and practical advice for implementing patient confidentiality 
  • Professional Regulatory requirements: advice on training and CPD requirements for dentists and Dental Care Professionals 
  • Advertising and marketing: advice on legal matters relating to advertising and marketing, including statutory requirements and GDC standards 
  • Equality and diversity requirements: guidance on statutory responsibilities for addressing equality and discrimination matters and practical advice for complying with disability access requirements 

National Health Service matters:

 

  • General Dental Services (GDS) contracts and Personal Dental Services (PDS) agreements in England and Wales: guidance for negotiation of contracts, advice on variations to contracts, guidance on application of contract terms and advice on breaches of terms and termination 
  • GDS and PDS contract reviews in England and Wales: reviews of GDS contracts and PDS agreements, and advice on contract terms 
  • PDS Plus agreements in England and Wales: guidance for negotiation of contracts, advice on variations to contracts, guidance on application of contract terms and advice on breaches of terms and termination 
  • GDS and PDS contract performance in England and Wales: advice for addressing anticipated and historic underperformance against contract targets, financial clawback, breach and remedial notices, and guidance for assessing NHS performance data 
  • NHS Performers List matters in England and Wales: advice on legislative and contractual requirements for applications for inclusion on a performers list, the imposition of conditions, suspension from a performers list, refusal for inclusion on a performers list and removal from a performers list, and guidance for addressing non-clinical PCO performance concerns 
  • GDS and PDS contract disputes with Primary Care Organisations in England and Wales: advice for addressing contract disputes with Primary Care Organisations 
  • GDS and PDS contract payments in England and Wales: guidance on PDS and GDS contract payments and recurrent and non-recurrent funding arrangements 
  • Additional payments under the GDS and PDS Statement of Financial Entitlements in England and Wales: advice on claims for additional payments due under the GDS and PDS Statement of Financial Entitlements (SFE), including long term sickness leave pay, parental leave pay, Foundation Dentist payments, seniority pay, non-domestic rates reimbursement and suspension pay. 
  • Applications for NHS funding in England and Wales: advice on approaching requests for NHS funding and making applications for advertised, non-recurrent funding 
  • Tendering for GDS contracts and PDS agreements: advice on tendering processes, and guidance for addressing questions in tender documentation. Attendance and one to one support to assist completion of published tender documents might also be available, on a limited consultancy basis, subject to terms and conditions. 
  • NHS Claims in England and Wales: guidance on regulatory and contractual requirements including treatment bands, UDA and UOA entitlements and mixing of NHS and private services 
  • GDS arrangements in Scotland: advice on GDS contracts and terms of service, guidance on capitation and continuing care arrangements, advice on dental list requirements and guidance on responsibilities for the registration and deregistration of patients 
  • GDS payments and allowances for Scotland: general advice on NHS allowances and additional payments due under the terms of the Statement of Dental Remuneration, and guidance for approaching disputes over payment matters with Practitioner Services and the Scottish Dental Practice Board 
  • Scottish Dental Access Initiative grants: general advice on SDAI grants and applications for SDAI funding 
  • NHS Dental List matters in Scotland: advice on applying for inclusion in a dental list and leaving a dental list 
  • GDS terms of service conduct matters in Scotland: general guidance on addressing Dental Reference Service and Dental Discipline Committee disciplinary matters relating to non-clinical terms of service 
  • GDS and PDS arrangements in Northern Ireland: advice on GDS and PDS contracts and terms of service, guidance on capitation and continuing care arrangements, advice on dental list requirements, guidance on responsibilities for the registration and deregistration of patients and advice on the mixing of HS and private treatment 
  • GDS payments and allowances for Northern Ireland: general advice on Health Service allowances and additional payments due under the terms of the Statement of Dental Remuneration and guidance for approaching disputes over payment matters with the Dental Branch of the Business Services Organisation 
  • HS Dental List matters in Northern Ireland: advice on applying for inclusion in a dental list and leaving a dental list 
  • GDS terms of service conduct matters in Northern Ireland: general guidance on addressing Dental Discipline Committee matters relating to non-clinical terms of service 
  • NHS Patient Charges: guidance on requirements relating to the publication, application and collection of patient charges 
  • Complaints against Primary Care Organisations: guidance for pursuing complaints against Primary Care Organisations 
  • Death of a practitioner: advice for addressing contract issues and practical matters following the death of an NHS practitioner 
  • NHS Information Governance requirements: guidance on Information Governance requirements and assistance with completion of the Connecting for Health Information Governance Toolkit 
  • NHS contract pilots in England and Wales: guidance on the terms of NHS contract pilots and updates on developments in pilot scheme arrangements 
  • NHS and HS reforms: advice on changes to the structure of the NHS, dental commissioning arrangements and new NHS and HS contract developments 
  • NHS and HS policies: guidance on legal requirements for in-practice policies and advice on the content of NHS published policies 
  • NHS and HS legislation: advice and updates 

Business matters:

 

  • Business of dentistry: advice on Dentists Act and NHS Act requirements, including restrictions on the performance of dentistry and the carrying on of the business of dentistry, and eligibility for NHS contracts 
  • Complaints handling: guidance on legislative and contractual requirements, and practical advice for addressing patients complaints in an NHS and private context 
  • Setting up in practice: advice on research, NHS and private options, business planning, business structures, location and premises options, issues for managing a practice and potential sources of funding 
  • Buying and selling practices: advice on research, dealing with agents and brokers, common practice sale and purchase agreement issues, the transfer of NHS contracts, NHS and private options, business planning, business structures, location and premises options, issues for managing a practice and potential sources of funding 
  • Moving premises: guidance on issues to consider when moving premises 
  • Renting out space: general guidance on issues to consider when renting out surgery space 
  • Planning and Building Regulations: basic guidance on requirements and sources of information for planning permission and building regulations consent 
  • Business rates: general information on requirements and sources of information 
  • Expense Sharing and Partnership: advice on expense sharing and partnership options, guidance on the practical implications of working in partnership, advice on partnerships in the NHS, and guidance on Partnership legislation 
  • Incorporation: guidance on statutory requirements and restrictions, advice on Companies House requirements, basic information on tax and expenses and advice on NHS contract implications 
  • Business planning: guidance for researching and preparing business plans 
  • Business names: advice on GDC requirements for protected terms, Companies House requirements and general guidance on protecting business identity 
  • Marketing and advertising: advice on legal requirements and GDC guidance, and practical advice for implementing practice marketing and advertising 
  • General finance and tax matters: general guidance on HMRC requirements for different business structures, advice on potential sources of funding for small businesses and general guidance on dealing with financial difficulties including insolvency, bankruptcy and voluntary arrangements 
  • Fee setting and collection: advice on private fee setting, arrangements for collection of fees from patients and credit control 
  • Consumer credit licences: general guidance on Financial Services Authority and Office of Fair Trading requirements for consumer credit licences 
  • Credit card processing: advice on requirements for processing credit card information and general guidance on Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards requirements 
  • Music Licences: guidance on licence requirements for playing music within practices 
  • Death of a general practitioner: guidance on regulatory and contractual provisions and practical advice for addressing practical matters following the death of a practitioner

Health and safety and associated matters:

 

  • Employer and Employee Health and Safety obligations: guidance on legislation and advice for ensuring compliance with the Health & Safety at Work Act by employers and staff 

  • Infection control: advice on legal requirements and guidance for compliance with infection control standards in general practice including advice on dealing with anticipated and current health incidents and potential pandemics 

  • Decontamination: advice on national decontamination requirements and recommendations, and practical guidance for compliance with standards 

  • Waste management: advice on legal requirements for the management, storage, collection and disposal of healthcare waste including clinical waste, sharps, extracted teeth, amalgam waste, gypsum waste, study models, chemical and medicines and electrical items; requirements for registration with the Environment Agency; guidance on waste audits; and advice on the administration of healthcare waste paperwork 

  • Radiation protection: advice on legal requirements and official guidance relating to the protection of patients and workers; guidance on the safe use and maintenance of x-ray equipment; guidance for risk assessments and audits; and advice on Health & Safety Executive notifications 

  • Tooth whitening: advice on EU and UK legislation relating to tooth whitening and guidance on the application of requirements in practice 

  • Prescribing, controlled drugs and general medicines management: advice on legislation and guidance on NHS, Health Service, British National Formulary and Dental Practitioner’s Formulary requirements for the prescription of listed drugs 

  • Sedation: advice on legislation relating to the provision of sedation, guidance on NHS specific sedation requirements, information on Department of Health and Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme guidance and advice on safe sedation practices 

  • Non-surgical cosmetic procedures: Advice on scope of practice and information on GDC guidance for the performance of non-surgical cosmetic procedures including dermal fillers and Botox 

  • Medical devices: advice on legislation including requirements for manufacturing safety standards for all standard and custom made devices, requirements for CE marks and guidance on reporting faulty appliances and adverse incidents 

  • Medical histories: advice on legal requirements for the recording and retention of medical history information 

  • Scope of practice for dentists and DCPs: information on scope of practice guidance for dentists and dental care professionals, advice on training and competency requirements and advice on treatment planning and prescription requirements 

  • Standards for Dental Professionals: information on GDC standards and guidance for compliance with standards in practice 

  • Practice inspections: advice on preparing for practice inspections by Primary Care Organisations and NHS Boards in line with the Scottish Combined Practice Inspection document; advice on preparing for practice inspections by the Care Quality Commission, the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales and the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority; advice on preparing for deanery inspections for Foundation Training practices; and advice on addressing issues arising from practice inspections 

  • Clinical Governance: advice on clinical governance topics and compliance with clinical governance requirements in practice 

  • Occupational Health provision: advice on Department of Health guidelines and occupational health assessment requirements and health screening 

  • Risk assessments: advice on legal requirements for risk assessments; and guidance for implementing risk assessments for control of substances hazardous to health, ionising radiation, manual handling, fire safety and a range of health and safety matters 

  • Immunisations for staff: guidance on immunisation requirements for staff and self-employed personnel 

  • Work experience requirements: guidance on legal requirements and practical advice for implementing work experience arrangements 

  • Fire Safety: advice on fire safety legislation; guidance for implementing practical measures to ensure compliance with legislation; and guidance for implementation of risk assessments 

  • Environmental issues: guidance on legal requirements for the storage and disposal of healthcare waste; advice on the use, management and disposal of dental amalgam; and advice on Energy Performance Certificates 

  • Equality Act: guidance on statutory responsibilities and advice on addressing matters arising from practice inspections 

  • Accidents, first aid and medical emergencies: advice on legal requirements, guidance on maintenance of records and the reporting of serious incidents and advice on drugs and emergency equipment 

  • Health and Safety legislation: advice and updates

Pensions and insurance matters:

 

  • NHS Pension Schemes: advice on eligibility criteria and the terms of NHS Pension Schemes throughout the UK; guidance on developments following the Hutton review of public sector pensions; assistance with securing estimates of benefits; and advice on addressing discrepancies in estimates and calculations 
  • NHS superannuation: guidance on the calculation of net pensionable earnings; advice on the administration of employer and employee superannuation contributions by Primary Care Organisations and the Business Services Authority; advice on superannuation in relation to corporate providers; and advice for addressing incorrect contributions and deductions 
  • Universities Superannuation Scheme: guidance on eligibility and entitlements under the Universities Superannuation Scheme 
  • Armed forces pensions: guidance on eligibility and entitlements under the Armed Forces pension scheme 
  • Stakeholder pensions: general information on stakeholder pension schemes and employer and employee responsibilities and entitlements 
  • Private pensions: information on private pension provisions and policies 
  • Automatic Enrolment and Workplace Pension Schemes: advice on legal responsibilities for employers and rights of employees under the Automatic Enrolment scheme 
  • Ill-health retirement: advice on ill-health retirement scheme eligibility and terms; assistance with ill-health retirement applications; guidance for estimating potential ill-health retirement benefits; and advice on appealing against the refusal of an application for ill-health retirement 
  • Income protection insurance: general guidance on the terms of income protection insurance policies 
  • Retirement: advice on entitlements and criteria for retirement and voluntary early retirement; and assistance with applications for retirement from the NHS Pension Scheme 
  • Annual Reconciliation Reports: advice on annual reconciliation requirements within the NHS and assistance with completion of annual reconciliation reports 

Compliance and Healthcare Regulation (including CQC, HIW, RQIA and HIS):

 

  • Compliance legislation: advice on legislation relating to national independent healthcare regulators including the Care Quality Commission, Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales and Healthcare Improvement Scotland 
  • Healthcare regulation registration: guidance on requirements for registration with national independent healthcare regulators; and assistance with applications for registration and changes to registration 
  • Healthcare regulation inspections: advice on preparing for inspections by healthcare regulators and advice on addressing matters arising from inspections 
  • Clinical audit and Peer Review: information on standard clinical audits and guidance for implementing and audits and peer review arrangements

International matters:

 

  • Working in the UK: advice on GDC and other requirements for working in the United Kingdom and general information on immigration 
  • Employing an overseas dentist: advice on GDC and other requirements for working in the United Kingdom, general information on immigration and advice on employment requirements 

  • English Language competencies: advice on language requirements for practising in the UK 

  • Overseas Registration Exam (ORE): advice for dentists with qualifications from institutes outside of the European Economic Area wishing to work in the UK 

  • Refugee dentists: advice and support for refugee dentists looking to work in the UK 

  • Working abroad: practical advice for dentists wishing to practise abroad including general advice on immigration and work permit considerations; information on dental association and job agency contacts where available; guidance on addressing registration requirements and eligibility of qualifications; and advice on keeping in touch with the UK 

  • Voluntary work abroad: general guidance on undertaking voluntary work abroad

Educational matters:

 

  • Registration with the GDC: advice on GDC general registration requirements for dentists and DCPs and general information on specialisation 
  • Dental Foundation Training and Vocational Training: advice on Dental Foundation Training requirements for trainers and new graduates; and guidance on equivalence/competency requirements and exemptions 
  • Postgraduate education: information on postgraduate dental education 
  • Keeping in touch: information on accessing support for keeping in touch during periods of absence from clinical practice 
  • Formal retraining: information on accessing support for retraining following periods of significant absence from clinical practice 
  • CPD and professional standards: advice and guidance on GDC requirements for continuing professional development for Dentists and their DCPs 
  • Scope of practice: guidance on GDC scope of practice and training and competency requirements for dentists and DCPs 
  • Revalidation: advice on developments in revalidation requirements 
  • Careers advice: information on spheres of dentistry, careers within the dental profession, career development and career management including non-clinical dentistry 
  • Presentations to schools: information for members wishing to deliver dental presentations within schools

Consultancy services

The following additional paid services are accessible to members within Extra membership, subject to the Association’s Policy on the provision of consultancy services to non-salaried members and to compliance with the Association’s ‘terms of consultancy’, which will be provided to members at the time of purchase of consultancy services, and is otherwise available on request from the Advisory Services team.
 

Employment Consultancy Services:

 

  • On site attendance by BDA Practice Management Consultants at staff disciplinary hearings 
  • On site attendance by BDA Practice Management Consultants at staff grievance hearings 
  • Other bespoke employment consultancy services, as agreed. 

BDA Dental Conference and Exhibition

British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show, 18-19 May 2017 – Members will be informed in due course about the enhanced CPD programme we’re shaping.

‘Expert’ membership

Includes all the privileges and benefits of ‘Essential’ and ‘Extra’ membership, plus:

 

Expert Solutions

The BDA’s practice management solution, Expert Solutions, offers practice owners comprehensive assistance to enable you to run a successful, high quality dental practice.
 

Save time and money

 

  • Includes over 170 off-the-shelf policies, templates, protocols and contracts.
  • Fully editable and customisable for your practice. 
  • All models written by advisers.

Clear, concise and comprehensive

 

  • Specially, highly condensed, guidance designed for busy practice owners and managers. 
  • Links to advice and third party resources for the full picture.

Safeguard your business

 

  • Specific sections on achieving CQC and RQIA compliance. 
  • Checklists for key areas. 
  • Video tutorials.

Always up-to-date

 

  • Constantly updated to stay abreast of changing regulations. 
  • Monthly update emails direct to your inbox with any amended advice or models. 
  • Regularly updated Expert disks mailed to your practice.

BDA Good Practice

Expert Solutions provides a useful resource for practices working through the requirements of the Good Practice Scheme:

 

  • Guidance explaining the context of the scheme requirements 
    Associated policies and protocols are included as templates that can be adapted to suit individual practices. 
  • Progression through the Scheme’s requirements made easy to ensure that none are missed. 
  • Checklist of requirements available to download to make progress a team activity.

BDJ Clinical Guides

The BDJ Clinical Guides have a justified reputation as a trusted companion to clinicians at all stages of their careers. Simply the best way to stay up-to-date, the Clinical Guides are well-illustrated, written by leading experts and provide commonsense guidance and solutions to everyday problems.

 

  • One free Clinical Guide (from those currently available at time of joining or upgrading), delivered free to a UK address

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Mediation services

  • Access to assistance to resolve disputes with other BDA Expert members or to resolve disputes with non-dentists, in relation to employment/self-employment and general practice matters. Provision of mediation is subject to the Association’s Policy on the provision of mediation services and to compliance with the Association’s ‘Terms of mediation’, which will be provided to members at the time that the provision of mediation services is agreed, and is otherwise available on request from the Advisory Services team.

Employment tribunal representation

  • Access to representation and advocacy for employment tribunals, in relation to a claim against a member of practice staff, or following the issuing of an employment tribunal claim by a member of staff. Provision of representation is subject to the Association’s Policy on the provision of representation services and to compliance with the Association’s ‘terms of representation’, which will be provided to members at the time that the provision of representation services is agreed, and is otherwise available on request from the Advisory Services team.

Financial Assistance 

The BDA will consider applications for fi​​nancial assistance with legal proceedings from Expert members of the Association, subject to the following Policy on the provision of financial assistance update.
 

​Student membership

Publications

BDJ Student


The BDA's magazine for students and new graduates.
 

  • The latest news, clinical articles and reports from dental schools across the UK. 
  • Help with your studies and career choices as well as dental student issues.
  • Delivered free of charge to one UK address three times per year.

The British Dental Journal (BDJ)


 

The BDJ is the official journal of the BDA and aims to inform readers of ideas, opinions, developments and key issues in dentistry - clinical, practical and scientific - stimulating interest, debate and discussion. All papers published in the BDJ are subject to rigorous peer review.

 

  • Full access to the BDJ website, including abstracts and full text of all BDJ articles published since 1999.

BDJ In Practice
 

BDJ In Practice is a monthly publication that covers dental industry news stories, political hot topics and practical practice advice.
 

  • Online access to BDJ In Practice, including back issues going back to 2010.

Dedicated student resources

Getting Your First Job Guide

 

Written specifically for final year dental students to help with the next step on your dental career path - securing your first job.

 

  • Gives you the low-down on what interviewers are really looking for. 
  • Detailed guidance on preparing for your first DFT interview. 
  • Recent graduates also discuss their own experiences of last year’s interviews and give advice on what to expect. 
  • Mailed free of charge to all fifth year student members.

Career Guide

 

Written specifically for its 4th year BDA student members to help with the decisions you make about your career.
 

  • Find out about your dental career options, from general practice to working in hospital dental services. 
    Mailed free of charge to all 4th year student members.

Online services

Advice, support and information

 

The BDA website is the most comprehensive dental site in the UK, and provides a wealth of advice, support and information to members.

 

  • Access to advice and support 
  • Constantly updated news on dental matters 
  • The ability to download any of the BDA’s Advice in PDF format 
  • Online control over your membership profile and preferences 
  • The ability to buy BDA books and products online and book many BDA events 

Enewsletter and blog
 

  • Stay in touch with the profession and your peers with our monthly student enewsletter
  • Plus read essential careers and clinical advice from former dental students in our student blog, BDJ Student

Online 

 

  • ​Read blogs from around the BDA 

Access to wider resources

 

  • Access to full online library catalogue: www.bda.org/catalogue
  • Ability to download an extensive range of e-books.

Library

Access to the library

 

The BDA has Europe’s most comprehensive dental library. Members can enjoy:
 

  • FreeWi-Fi. 
  • Photocopying facilities. 
  • A relaxing space to work in. 
  • Face-to-face contact with experienced library professionals.

Specialist subject bundles service

 

  • Topic collections comprising a Medline search, Cochrane reviews, guidelines, policy documents, recent BDJ articles, etc. 
  • Bundles can be posted or emailed on request and may take a week to prepare.

Literature search service

 

Library staff will search Medline, Cochrane and various other online sources for articles and/or details of guidelines/policy documents.

 

  • Results emailed or posted back within two working days. 
  • Each Medline search will contain:
    1. search strategy used (to demonstrate how the search was carried out) 
    2. list of article references along with abstracts 
    3. Availability of each journal in the library
  • Cochrane reviews plus electronic copies of guidelines/policy documents will be supplied where possible and references to them where not. 
  • Access to Ovid Medline is also provided for members to carry out their own searches.

Ebooks

 

The Library offers a catalogue of over 310 ebooks, accessible via the BDA website.

 

  • Keep your downloaded ebook for one week. 
  • Print up to one chapter of the book. 
  • Download the book again if you want to store it for longer. 
  • Some (but not all) ebooks can be downloaded to iPhone or iPad.

Advice and support

  • One-to-one advice and support on student matters.

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Discounts and preferential rates

  • Protect your posture and enhance your patient care with Orascoptic loupes at affordable prices.
  • Save up to 50% on BDJ books and BDA products 
  • Free P&P on all orders from BDA Shop 
  • Save up to 20% on dental textbooks via BDA Bookclub.