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​Financial support needed for dental practices for FP17 paper switch-off, says BDA

28 February 2019

The BDA has called for more financial support for dental practices, in the run up to the move from paper FP17 (FP170) forms to online submission only to the NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) from 1 May 2019.

The NHS BSA has said that from 1 May 2019, the submission of any new course of treatment must be completed electronically. Paper submissions for any course of treatment that began prior to 1 May 2019 will be accepted until 30 June 2019, but after this date, no paper FP17s (FP17O) will be accepted.

Dental practices have been notified by the NHS BSA that they must either purchase a practice management system or use the online form within Compass; guidance on using the Compass online forms is available from the BSA.

We made the case to the NHS BSA that dental practices need financial support for increased IT and administrative costs to help support this transition to the online system, but NHS England has not made any grant available.

We said smaller practices are unfairly burdened by implementations such as these, as providers need to have some form of internet-enabled device (such as a computer or a tablet), and an internet connection. 

Our research has shown that high levels of stress has become a concerning issue for the profession, and increased pressures from bureaucracy, regulation and fear of litigation are fuelling that.


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