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​BDA Executive Update 09.12.16

New figures on NHS dentists' morale show need for urgent reform, says BDA

New figures published this week show that morale problems have left half of primary care dentists who treat NHS patients thinking about leaving general dentistry. The Dental Working Hours – Motivation Analysis report collected survey responses from more than 6,000 self-employed primary care dentists across the UK. The findings show that morale has fallen since 2012/13 across the UK nations. Reacting to the figures General Dental Practice Committee Chair, Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, noted that a collapse in earnings without parallel in the public sector, oppressive regulation, and contracts that fail both colleagues and patients are all taking their toll on the profession. He called for the Government to not further delay much needed reform.

Policy and Research – 020 7563 4178

BDA seeking evidence to support possible legal action on patient charge deductions

The BDA has announced it is planning to mount a legal challenge on behalf of NHS GDPs over NHS England's approach to deductions from patient charge revenue. For the past few months the Association has been canvasing its membership on the problems they have been facing with NHS systems. Deductions from patient charge revenue for over-performance and performance ruled non-contributory have emerged as a major theme. The BDA has now taken senior legal advice, and is asking GDPs who feel they have been affected to come forward to form the basis of a potential High Court challenge. Principal Executive Committee Vice-Chair Eddie Crouch, who is leading the call for evidence, encouraged GDPs who are prepared to have their cases argued in court to come forward. BDA Chief Executive Peter Ward has also written for BDA Connect setting out why the BDA feels this is such a vital issue and how dentists can help.

Member Services – 020 7563 4156

BDA Scotland responds to the Future of Oral Health consultation

The BDA has called on the Scottish Government to set out how it will properly resource proposals set out in its consultation 'The Future of Oral Health'. BDA Scotland responded this week to this major consultation following feedback from across its standing committees and members. It said that despite containing 33 proposals, the plan was short on detail. The BDA indicated that it shared the Scottish Government's aspirations on prevention by delivering a UK first with preventive pathways, building on the significant gains made through Childsmile and other initiatives. However it said it was unclear how further breakthroughs could be achieved without appropriate funding, with initiatives like an Oral Health Risk Assessment needing proper resourcing. BDA Scotland raised concerns about proposals that dental care professionals could operate independently outwith the dental team, and about proposals for the introduction of new a commissioning models. The response urged the Scottish Government to take action and work with local communities on the introduction of water fluoridation.

BDA Scotland – 01786 476044

GDPC Executive

GDPC Executive met on 9 December. They received a presentation on the progress made with the trial reforms to GDPC by-elections and discussed how to ensure GDPs in the relevant constituencies are engaged with the election. They also discussed patient charges, feedback from prototype practices, proposals on orthodontic close-down agreements and NHS 111. They heard feedback from a number of meetings which had been held with NHS England, the Office of the Chief Dental Officer, and the Department of Health. Issues discussed at the meetings included Primary Care Support England (Capita), local prevention schemes and NHS Digital.

Policy and Research 020 7563 4579

Oral health discussed at Welsh Assembly

During question time in the Welsh Assembly on Wednesday, the Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Vaughan Gething AM, highlighted the importance of good oral healthcare to overall health and wellbeing. In what was the first mention of the BDA on the floor of the Assembly since 2013, he referenced the meeting he had with BDA Wales in autumn, and expressed hope to build on the progress the previous administration made on oral health issues.

BDA Wales – 02920 436181

New on BDA Connect – President's Update, mouth cancer, and Dental Futures in Northern Ireland

  • Our changing profession: complexities, challenges, and communities - BDA President Stuart Johnston talks about the importance of community for all dentists, and why getting involved is essential in these changing times.
  • Mouth cancer rates in are soaring: a focus on Scotland and Wales - Following news from Cancer Research UK that rates of mouth cancer are soaring, BDA Scotland and BDA Wales take a look at the rates in their countries, and discuss what dentists can do to help.
  • Dental futures: a glass half full or half empty? Northern Ireland event - BDJ in Practice Editor David Westgarth, gives his impression of the key issues discussed at the recent Dental Futures event in Northern Ireland.

Communications - 020 7563 4566

Training and Events - Preparing for retirement and handling complaints

A one-day seminar on 'Preparing for retirement' took place today at the BDA, London. The day provided advice on financial planning, minimising tax, NHS pension scheme, managing the changes that retirement brings and much more. Today also saw the final Training essentials course of 2016 held at the BDA in London. 'Handling complaints and managing difficult patients' was delivered by external trainer Heather Dallas. Heather taught attendees how to use complaints as a positive management tool; equipping them with skills to diffuse upset patients in a bid to greatly reduce the possibility of complaints escalating to a Fitness to Practise case. The interactive course covered standards of customer care and looked at ways to improve communication with a particular focus on nervous patients and those who may be angry or upset.

Events – 020 7563 4590