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FAQs

Is BDA Good Practice suitable for all practice types?

Yes, 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?

All 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?

We 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?

If your practice does not meet the requirements, we defer your application for six months. You will receive feedback and advice from the Quality Assurance Manager.


Do I need to be a member of the BDA to join BDA Good Practice?

Yes, 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?

Membership 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What happens if our BDA Good Practice programme is out of date?

It's 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?

Unfortunately 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?

Yes, 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?

While 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?

Clinical governance is a framework for implementing and meeting mandatory clinical governance and quality assurance requirements. Clinical governance forms the basis of BDA Good Practice.

The key 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?

Investors 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.

The 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.