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  • National Smile Month 2018 - lend your support

    The BDA is encouraging dentists to support National Smile Month, the campaign run by the Oral Health Foundation to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health.

    Date: 22 May 2018

    National Smile Month 2018 - lend your support


  • ​BDA Wales: adverse weather conditions affecting contracts

    BDA Wales is continuing to campaign for the Health Boards to reduce the contractual requirement for this year from 95% to 94% to reflect the adverse weather we experienced in March, and the strain that this has put on dental practices

    Date: 15 May 2018

    ​BDA Wales: adverse weather conditions affecting contracts


  • BDA supports TV chef’s call for curbs on junk food marketing

    The BDA has added its name to a list of signatories on a letter supporting the Newcastle Can campaign, spearheaded by TV chef and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, to protect children from the health impacts of junk food.

    Date: 15 May 2018

    BDA supports TV chef’s call for curbs on junk food marketing


  • Celebrating dentistry 2018

    The BDA's 2017-18 round of Honour and Awardees received their accolades, at a ceremony at the BDA in London on Thursday 10 May

    Date: 14 May 2018

    Celebrating dentistry 2018


  • Accredited rep of the year: Christine Arnold

    Christine Arnold was honoured with the first-ever BDA Accredited Representative of the year Award at their conference in Manchester on 10 May.

    Date: 14 May 2018

    Accredited rep of the year: Christine Arnold


  • Ministers refuse to budge on GDPR exemptions

    The BDA has expressed its disappointment that Ministers have refused to countenance any exemptions for primary care providers from the requirement to have a Data Protection Officer (DPO) in the Data Protection Bill.

    Date: 10 May 2018

    Ministers refuse to budge on GDPR exemptions


  • Energy drinks fuelling decay crisis, warns BDA

    The BDA is lending its support to a campaign to ban the sale of energy drinks to under-16s. The Association has joined the Daily Mirror, MPs, teachers and celebrity campaigners including Jamie Oliver in pressing the Government to take action.

    Date: 03 May 2018

    Energy drinks fuelling decay crisis, warns BDA


  • SDR: NI quick-reference fees guide

    Our quick-reference Health Service Fees Guide for item of service fees commencing 1 April 2017, available exclusively for BDA members.

    Date: 02 May 2018

    SDR: NI quick-reference fees guide


  • Quit smoking referral card for dentists to help combat rise in oral cancer

    BDA Scotland is piloting a new stop smoking referral card, designed to help fight the rising tide of oral cancers in Scotland.

    Date: 02 May 2018

    Quit smoking referral card for dentists to help combat rise in oral cancer


  • ​19th annual Conference of Scottish Local Dental Committees

    Held on 20 April 2018 at the University of Stirling. The Conference invited Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to speak to delegates on the political matters relevant to GDPs in Scotland.

    Date: 25 April 2018

    ​19th annual Conference of Scottish Local Dental Committees


  • New national data opt-out: are you ready?

    The Government is introducing a new national data-opt out from 25 May 2018, which means patients will be offered a choice about how their information is used for research and planning of NHS and care services in England.

    Date: 18 April 2018

    New national data opt-out: are you ready?


  • New sugary drinks tax is an excellent first step says BDA

    The BDA has welcomed the introduction of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (sugary drinks tax), which comes into force today in England.

    Date: 06 April 2018

    New sugary drinks tax is an excellent first step says BDA


  • Scottish Government to launch new annual expenses exercise for GDPs

    BDA Scotland has urged members to get involved in a new annual expenses exercise from the Scottish Government.

    Date: 05 April 2018

    Scottish Government to launch new annual expenses exercise for GDPs


  • HMRC letters to associate dentists over employment status

    We are aware that Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has written recently to a number of associate dentists indicating that they are reviewing the employment status of associates.

    Date: 28 March 2018

    HMRC letters to associate dentists over employment status


  • New resources to help dentists support No Smoking Day

    Dentists are encouraged to take part in helping to promote No Smoking Day on Wednesday 14 March, and make use of some new free resources from Public Health England.

    Date: 14 March 2018

    New resources to help dentists support No Smoking Day


  • Issue with Elements Obturation Unit with Buchanan Heat Pluggers

    Dentists have been alerted that the Sybron Endo Corporation have issued an initial voluntary medical device recall for the Buchanan Heat Pluggers, ONLY when used with the Elements Obturation Unit (EOU).

    Date: 13 March 2018

    Issue with Elements Obturation Unit with Buchanan Heat Pluggers


  • Help promote good oral hygiene tips this World Oral Health Day

    The BDA is encouraging dentists to fly the flag for World Oral Health Day on Tuesday 20 March by helping to promote positive oral health messages to patients.

    Date: 12 March 2018

    Help promote good oral hygiene tips this World Oral Health Day


  • Women in Dentistry – Live Q&A for International Women's Day

    To mark International Women's Day this Thursday the BDA is giving current and future dental professionals the chance to chat live with a panel of female dentists and advisers.

    Date: 06 March 2018

    Women in Dentistry – Live Q&A for International Women's Day


  • New regulations for dentists in Northern Ireland using x-ray equipment

    We have been notified by the Health and Safety Executive in Northern Ireland (HSENI) that all dentists using x-ray generations in the country, must register under the new regulations.

    Date: 05 March 2018

    New regulations for dentists in Northern Ireland using x-ray equipment


  • Dentists alerted to problems with suction hoses for XO CARE XO-4 and XO FLEX units

    Dentists have been alerted to a newly identified situation regarding suction hoses for the XO CARE XO-4 and XO FLEX Units.

    Date: 02 March 2018

    Dentists alerted to problems with suction hoses for XO CARE XO-4 and XO FLEX units


  • ​Scotland Oral Health Improvement Plan: have your say

    BDA Scotland is currently seeking the views of dentists on the Scottish Government’s recently published Oral Health Improvement Plan (OHIP)

    Date: 01 March 2018

    ​Scotland Oral Health Improvement Plan: have your say


  • Snow disruption and practice closures

    Advice for when you are in a position where it is not practical to open your practice due to the weather conditions.

    Date: 28 February 2018

    Snow disruption and practice closures


  • Information Governance Toolkit - publishing deadline approaching

    Practices will have recently received an email reminder from NHS Digital about the deadline for publishing this year's Information Governance toolkit.

    Date: 27 February 2018

    Information Governance Toolkit - publishing deadline approaching


  • PHE survey of adults attending dental practices: please take part

    Dental practices are encouraged to take part in a Public Health England dental practice-based survey of adult oral health status and need in England.

    Date: 27 February 2018

    PHE survey of adults attending dental practices: please take part


  • New BDA Young Dentists Committee meets

    The first meeting of the new Young Dentists Committee took place on Thursday 22 February and welcomed new and returning members, who will be steering BDA's direction and strategy for the next three years.

    Date: 23 February 2018

    New BDA Young Dentists Committee meets


  • Academic pensions: negotiations concluded with no consensus

    Discussions between Universities UK (UUK) and the USS Negotiating Committee on proposed reforms to the Universities Superannuation Scheme have concluded without an agreement being reached.

    Date: 20 February 2018

    Academic pensions: negotiations concluded with no consensus


  • CQC guidance on provider financial viability

    The BDA has received clarification from the CQC following a recent announcement that they would be asking all providers to submit a statement of financial viability.

    Date: 12 February 2018

    CQC guidance on provider financial viability


  • DFT educational supervisors: get your voice heard

    The BDA is keen to hear from all dentists who are currently supervising a foundation dentist in England.

    Date: 09 February 2018

    DFT educational supervisors: get your voice heard


  • BDA Museum wins bid for St Apollonia stained-glass window

    The BDA Museum is delighted to announce it has successfully raised funds to purchase a rare fifteenth centry stained-glass window depicting St Apollonia, known as the patron saint of dentistry.

    Date: 09 February 2018

    BDA Museum wins bid for St Apollonia stained-glass window


  • Give your views to the CQC on the way it regulates dentistry

    The BDA encourages members to have their say in the Care Quality Commission's annual provider survey.

    Date: 08 February 2018

    Give your views to the CQC on the way it regulates dentistry


  • Getting a fairer deal on pay: take part in NHS digital dental survey

    The BDA is encouraging dentists to take part in the NHS Digital Dental Working Patterns Survey, which focuses on dentists' working patterns, motivation and morale, to help get a fairer deal on pay.

    Date: 01 February 2018

    Getting a fairer deal on pay: take part in NHS digital dental survey


  • BDA Northern Ireland Branch welcomes 2018 President

    BDA Northern Ireland welcomed its new Branch President for 2018, Martin W Curran, on Friday 12 January at a ceremony at The Great Hall, Queen's University Belfast.

    Date: 30 January 2018

    BDA Northern Ireland Branch welcomes 2018 President


  • Lords debate importance of children's oral health

    On Thursday 18 January the House of Lords debated the issue of child oral health. The debate was secured by Baroness Gardner of Parkes.

    Date: 24 January 2018

    Lords debate importance of children's oral health


  • CQC extends length of DBS checks for new dental practice owners

    The BDA welcomes the news that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has altered its strict policy of enforcing CQC-countersigned Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks to last for only six-months for those buying new practices, and has extended it to 12-months.

    Date: 19 January 2018

    CQC extends length of DBS checks for new dental practice owners


  • ​BDA Northern Ireland meet with Jim Shannon MP

    BDA staff and representatives met with Jim Shannon MP for Strangford on Friday 5 January in Belfast. Jim Shannon is currently the DUP Spokesperson on Health.

    Date: 17 January 2018

    ​BDA Northern Ireland meet with Jim Shannon MP


  • FAQs on new regulations for ionising radiation requirements

    FAQs on the regulations came into force on 1 January 2018, which means dentists using x-ray generators, must be registered with the Health and Safety Executive.

    Date: 16 January 2018

    FAQs on new regulations for ionising radiation requirements


  • MHRA safety alert: W&H foot controls

    The BDA is advising dentists that a MHRA safety alert has been issued in relation to the W&H foot control S-N1/S-N2 products.

    Date: 16 January 2018

    MHRA safety alert: W&H foot controls


  • Enhanced CPD: what you need to know

    The GDC has made changes to the CPD scheme for dental care professionals which came into effect from 1 January 2018.

    Date: 11 January 2018

    Enhanced CPD: what you need to know


  • Dental academics: help us fight to protect your pension

    Proposals have been made by Universities UK (UUK) that would see significant detrimental changes being made to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) that will affect dentists working in Higher Education, who belong to this scheme.

    Date: 10 January 2018

    Dental academics: help us fight to protect your pension


  • DFT place allocations back on track

    We understand that information about DFT places has now been released and the technical issues being experience by COPDEND have been resolved.

    Date: 10 January 2018

    DFT place allocations back on track