Is BDA Good Practice suitable for all practice types?
its been designed for all providers of outpatient dental care in the UK
including private and NHS general practices, specialist practices,
salaried primary dental care services, armed forces clinics and
outpatient hospital departments.
How are practices assessed for membership?
new applications for membership will be assessed by a practice visit
from one of our trained assessors. This replaces the previous
arrangement of document submission or practice visit. BDA Good
Practice assessors are Dentists and Practice Managers, working in
practice just like you, and BDA staff all of which have been selected
according to skills and experience and have been trained by the BDA.
How long does it take to become a member of BDA Good Practice? Is there a time limit for applying?
recommend practices set a target date of six months in which to work
through the practice self-assessment. This will enable you to
maximise potential development opportunities for your practice, any
longer and the team may lose motivation.
What happens if our practice does not meet the requirements for application?
your practice does not meet the requirements, we defer your application
for six months. You will receive feedback and advice from the Quality
Do I need to be a member of the BDA to join BDA Good Practice?
to make an application for membership of BDA Good Practice there must
be at least one dentist that is a BDA member working at the practice.
I already pay membership fees to the BDA. Why is there another membership fee to join BDA Good Practice?
of BDA Good Practice is separate to personal BDA
membership, it's practice based. Costs have been kept low in order to
make BDA Good Practice as accessible as possible.
What happens if our BDA Good Practice programme is out of date?
important for all practices to keep up to date, practices participating
in BDA Good Practice must work to the current version of the
requirements which is available on the BDA website as a member benefit
for all BDA members. The requirements are regularly updated to reflect changes in legislation and professional regulation.
If we have more than one practice, can we share BDA Good Practice membership?
not. Assessment and membership is unique to an individual practice at
an identified address. Sister practices and group practices are likely
to have variations in opening times, treatment options, patient payments
as well as unique elements in risk assessments.
For full details, please see the section on the BDA Good Practice terms and conditions.
If we move premises, will our BDA Good Practice membership move with us?
but you will need to undergo a new onsite assessment for membership
from your new address; new premises will require you to carry out new
risk assessments, access audits, fire procedures and COSHH assessments.
You will need to update your policies and protocols to reflect the
layout and systems at your new practice.
To maintain your membership and loyalty benefits the onsite assessment must be made within 3 months of moving premises.
If you have any concerns, or would like further information, please contact the BDA Good Practice team on 020 7563 4598.
What guarantee does BDA Good Practice provide for patient treatment outcomes?
BDA Good Practice and member practices can never guarantee satisfactory
treatment outcomes or oral health gain, we can say that there is a
greater likelihood of satisfactory treatment in a practice which
observes the requirements. In the language of audit, if structures and
processes are right then outcomes are more likely to be right too.
What is the difference between clinical governance and BDA Good Practice?
governance is a framework for implementing and meeting mandatory
clinical governance and quality assurance requirements. Clinical
governance forms the basis of BDA Good Practice.
difference is: that participation in BDA Good Practice is voluntary, it
shows that you are engaged with your peers and your professional
association and that you turn to the BDA for support and guidance.
Membership of BDA Good Practice gives you the recognition you deserve
for your team committing to a high standard of patient care.
What is the difference between Investors in People and BDA Good Practice?
in People is the national quality standard for investment in training
and development. It is ideal for practices wishing to implement good
practice principles into their management framework.
The key difference is that BDA Good Practice focuses on the unique elements of managing the delivery of dental care.
What is the difference between Denplan Excel and BDA Good Practice?
Denplan Excel is an accreditation programme for individual dentists offering Denplan as a payment plan for patients.
key difference is that BDA Good Practice gives recognition to the whole
dental team. Should an individual leave the practice, membership
remains with the practice.