SDC were obviously unhappy at the pay award offered
by the Department of Health. Support was given to the letter to be sent by the
Chair of PEC on behalf of all employed dentists to the Secretary of State
expressing significant consternation at the award.
In light of the significant criticism of the offer expressed at the Committee
the Chair asked members whether they would countenance industrial action. As he
had suspected and previously advised PEC there was no support for this. Members
did however request that the BDA seek to liaise with other NHS Trades Unions in
an attempt to present a united front.
Members also discussed the notion that the Department of Health may be willing
to provide a consolidated rise if incremental pay rises were abandoned. The
Committee were unanimous that incremental pay-progression was a fundamental
aspect of the SPDCS contract and would not support any retreat from such.
All three salaried pilot sites have now been
commissioned. Reports from the two sites present at the meeting highlighted
ongoing issues surrounding the usability of the IT package, with a number of
parent/carer complaints as patients grew increasingly anxious and or agitated
as data was collected. It was also thought that 49 questions concerning medical
history and 13 regarding social history may prove too burdensome for many SPDCS
patients or their carers. However, it was also thought that the pathway
approach offered the prospect of significant improvements in care for many
Clinical leadership was again discussed at length
by SDC following involved debate at the January Executive. The unique nature of
the SPDCS Clinical Director within the NHS was again remarked on and members
were asked to consider whether sufficient evidence could be provided that the
SPDCS is in need of such unique leadership. Whilst the triennial medical
leadership model is known and appreciated in the wider NHS it is doubtful that
services would have sufficient leaders or potential leaders to ensure a working
rotation of leaders. The Committee has proceeded to determining the
competencies required for successful SPDCS leadership.
The Committee consists of clinician and
clinical director representatives drawn from ten groupings of Area Teams. in
England. Members are elected to the Committee following a ballot of their peers
within that grouping and subsequently serve for a period of three years. A list
of current members can be found using the navigation to the left.
The Chair of ECDSC is Charlotte Waite a Senior Dental Officer from Leicestershire.
The Vice Chair is Mark Johnstone a Clinical Director from Kent.
ECDSC is keen to ensure that its agenda reflects the
contemporary issues facing those working in Salaried Primary Dental
Care If you have an issue that you believe ECDSC should consider please
contact the Committee Secretary below.
Date of the N ext Meeting