Scottish Hospital Dentists Reference Group meeting: October
The Scottish Hospital Dentists Reference Group met on 10 October. BDA Scotland will write to the Scottish Government to ask why the 2019/20 pay uplift for SAS grades was again below the DDRB recommendation. Members also discussed: pensions issues; mediated entry to specialist lists; consultant vacancies across all dental hospitals; bullying and harassment in NHS Boards; an update on BDA Scotland's oral cancer campaign; and extending the "iMatter" NHS staff engagement survey to Dental Vocational Trainees in the Hospital Dental Service.
The Reference Group will meet again in spring 2020.
BDA Scotland secures access to job planning tool for dental consultants and specialists
BDA Scotland has been liaising with the British Medical Association (BMA) over their job planning tool ('Dr Diary') for NHS consultants, specialty and associate specialist (SAS) doctors and medical academics. The tool helps to address job planning challenges and was developed exclusively for the use of BMA members. However, the BMA has now confirmed that as from 23 April 2019, BDA members can now access the 'Dr Diary' service by applying for temporary guest access on the BMA website www.bma.org.uk
The process will take a minimum of a couple of days to be completed and then an email will be sent to the member to confirm access to Dr Diary.
The job planning app can be downloaded to your phone or tablet to enable you to track your work on the go. By entering work activity details from a personalised list, the tool allows you to build a picture over time. A report can be downloaded via a desktop tool to check against your job plan and ensure it reflects the hours worked. Entries are completely confidential.
The Reflective Practitioner: Guidance for doctors & medical students
The guide was developed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the UK Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans, the General Medical Council and the Medical Schools Council. It supports medical students, doctors in training and doctors engaging in revalidation on how to reflect as part of their practice.