Scottish Council: 12 December 2019
BDA Scottish Council met on 12 December. Tom Scott (GDC Director, Fitness to Practice) gave a presentation on improvements GDC had made to its processes and the latest FtP performance. Members noted that the main FtP timeliness KPIs remained well below target and discussed how the GDC could communicate its more "upstream" approach to the profession.
Members also discussed:
- progress with the Oral Health Improvement Plan, including the planned "new model of care" for adult NHS dentistry and local resolution of low-level concerns,
- recent Parliamentary Questions asked on the BDA's behalf on the HPV vaccination programme for boys,
- the recent FOI request to NHS Boards on waiting times for paediatric extractions under general anaesthetic,
- discussion topics for the meeting between Scottish Council representatives and the Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing in January.
Council agreed that care of the elderly should be a major focus for BDA Scotland in 2020 – this will feed in to the UK-wide review.
The Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Scottish Committees had their annual dinner on 11 December. Guests included Chief Dental Officer Tom Ferris, Roz McMullan (BDA President), Eddie Crouch (Vice Chair, PEC) and Martin Woodrow (BDA Acting Chief Executive).
Scottish Council will next meet on 19 March 2020.
Scottish Government Oral Health Improvement Plan
BDA Scotland representatives attended the Scottish Government Co-Design event on 6 September 2019 to discuss proposals for the 'new model of care' which would involve the introduction of an Oral Health Risk Assessment (OHRA), a review the Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR) and related OHIP actions. This will be the next phase in the Government's OHIP. Scottish Government has set up an OHRA design group and a group which will review the SDR; the BDA will be represented on both groups. A third group which will consider financial issues has yet to be established.
The Scottish Dental Practice Committee has convened a working group (including representation from the Scottish Public Dental Service Committee) to build on its previous work on developing an OHRA and reviewing the SDR to ensure the BDA is contributing proactively and constructively to the new arrangements.
Paediatric Extractions under General Anaesthetic
BDA Scotland has longstanding concerns about lengthy waiting times of paediatric extractions under general anaesthetic in some NHS Boards.
BDA Scotland issued a Freedom of Information request to all NHS Boards in December to request details about the scale of the problem in their areas. The data will be used to establish a robust evidence base, to raise the issue at a national level and to call for urgent action to tackle lengthy waiting times.
This issue will be discussed with the Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing at a meeting to be held on 4 March 2020.
HPV Vaccine for Boys in Scotland
In August, Scottish Government formally informed NHS Boards that the HPV vaccination programme would be offered to boys in S1 during the 2019/20 academic year. BDA Scotland welcomed the announcement but has called on Scottish Government to introduce a catch-up programme for older boys. Unfortunately, Scottish Government along with the other UK administrations have decided not to offer this.
A number of Parliamentary Questions were asked on the BDA's behalf on the HPV vaccination programme at the end of last year and this matter will be raised at a meeting with J FitzPatrick, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing on 4 March 2020.
Future Leaders Fellowship Programme
As part of the OHIP (Action 32), Scottish Government will commission NHS Education for Scotland to develop a General Dental Practitioner Fellowship Programme to enhance clinical skills, develop quality improvement skills and support remote and rural working.
It is proposed that this will be a one-year Clinical Leadership Programme with posts offered on a part-time basis. The programme will be aimed at experienced clinicians who have worked in general dental practice for a minimum of five years (WTE).
The closing date for applications is 9 March 2020 and interviews will be held on 31 March 2020. Please contact Irene Black
BDA Scotland Survey of Dentists in Scotland – Summary Report
BDA Scotland recently sought the views of dentists working in Scotland on a number of issues, the results of which can be read here: BDA Scotland 2019 survey summary report
Final response - Ending the sale of energy drinks to children and young people.pdf