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  • ​Speaking up for dentistry: LDC Officials' Day 2019

    LDC representatives gathered in London on Friday 29 November for LDC Officials' Day, an event organised by the BDA, giving an update on dental politics and to provide a platform for discussion.

    Date: 09 December 2019

    ​Speaking up for dentistry: LDC Officials' Day 2019


  • BDA board election results – 2020-22

    The results for the BDA board (Principal Executive Committee) elections are now in and we are pleased to announce the results for the 2020-22 triennium.

    Date: 06 December 2019

    BDA board election results – 2020-22


  • ​BDA Northern Ireland secures pause on cessation of hard copy schedules for dentists

    BDA Northern Ireland has secured a pause on the planned cessation of hard copy schedule submissions, which was due to be implemented from 1 December.

    Date: 04 December 2019

    ​BDA Northern Ireland secures pause on cessation of hard copy schedules for dentists


  • Vote for your new reps on the BDA's Board

    Voting is now open for the five seats available for election on the BDA's Board, BDA Members are advised to look out for their paper ballot form, which has been sent to you at the address where you receive your BDJ.

    Date: 27 November 2019

    Vote for your new reps on the BDA's Board


  • NHS England announce temporary pensions 'sticking plaster' for dentists

    NHS England has announced that NHS clinicians, including dentists, based in England will not be penalised for breaching the pensions Annual Allowance.

    Date: 26 November 2019

    NHS England announce temporary pensions 'sticking plaster' for dentists


  • Orthodontic GDS contract changes: have you been contacted by your Area Team?

    The BDA is concerned about reports that some Area Teams have been writing to orthodontists who hold GDS contracts stating that they must meet the requirements of the NHS England Guide for Commissioning Dental Specialities - Orthodontics or else have the UOA element of their contract removed or converted to UDAs.

    Date: 22 November 2019

    Orthodontic GDS contract changes: have you been contacted by your Area Team?


  • CQC to maintain fee level for 2020-21

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has now confirmed to dental practices that their fees will remain the same for 2020/21, following a significant rise in 2019/20.

    Date: 18 November 2019

    CQC to maintain fee level for 2020-21


  • University lecturers to launch fresh strike action

    A fresh round of strikes have been announced by the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU), starting on 25 November.

    Date: 13 November 2019

    University lecturers to launch fresh strike action


  • Medical device alert - Philips HeartStart XL+ Defibrillator

    The MHRA is alerting dentists following a notification from Philips that the HeartStart XL+ Defibrillator/Monitor may fail to turn on or unexpectedly attempt to restart.

    Date: 07 November 2019

    Medical device alert - Philips HeartStart XL+ Defibrillator


  • Dentists undertaking NHS work must have flexibility on pensions tax, says BDA

    The BDA has responded to a Government consultation on pensions tax making the case that all dentists undertaking NHS work should be able to access pensions flexibilities so that they do not face disincentives to treat more patients.

    Date: 05 November 2019

    Dentists undertaking NHS work must have flexibility on pensions tax, says BDA


  • Changes to the Performers List for England

    A new online service launching from December will make it quicker and easier for all new dental performers to apply to join the Performers List for England.

    Date: 04 November 2019

    Changes to the Performers List for England


  • Survey to help improve CQC's registration process

    The CQC is running a Registration Transformation Project which is looking at making the provider's journey better in relation to the initial registration process and how the CQC deal with changing registrations.

    Date: 29 October 2019

    Survey to help improve CQC's registration process


  • BDA launches student Social Media Reps initiative

    The BDA has recruited a new team of dental students from across the UK to help spread dentistry news and information via our social media channels.

    Date: 25 October 2019

    BDA launches student Social Media Reps initiative


  • Dental Assurance Reviews paused following BDA request

    NHS England has instructed the Business Services Authority (BSA) to pause its recently announced dental assurance reviews, following a request from the BDA.

    Date: 25 October 2019

    Dental Assurance Reviews paused following BDA request


  • Check your pensions statements now for Annual Allowance breaches

    The BDA is urging dentists to ensure they check their pensions statements, to help confirm whether or not they have breached the pensions Annual Allowance, and consequently may have a tax charge to pay.

    Date: 22 October 2019

    Check your pensions statements now for Annual Allowance breaches


  • A history of the toothbrush: new BDA Museum exhibition launches

    The BDA Museum has launched a new temporary exhibition, 'The yardstick by which civilisation is measured: 200 years of the toothbrush', looking the role of the toothbrush in improving people's oral health.

    Date: 11 October 2019

    A history of the toothbrush: new BDA Museum exhibition launches


  • Get involved with the Northern Ireland Branch Council and BDA Benevolent Fund

    BDA members working in Northern Ireland are encouraged to stand for available seats on the Northern Ireland (NI) Branch Council and the BDA Benevolent Fund.

    Date: 10 October 2019

    Get involved with the Northern Ireland Branch Council and BDA Benevolent Fund


  • MHRA issues alert for Emerade Adrenaline Auto-Injectors failures

    The BDA has been notified that a number of Emerade pens (made by an affiliate of Bausch and Lomb UK Limited) have failed to activate meaning the needle is not released from the device and the injection has not administered.

    Date: 10 October 2019

    MHRA issues alert for Emerade Adrenaline Auto-Injectors failures


  • Consultation launched for an ‘opt-out’ levy model for Northern Ireland LDCs

    BDA Northern Ireland is encouraging dentists to respond to a consultation to change the Local Dental Committee (LDC) levy fund collection model from an ‘opt-in’ to an ‘opt-out’ one.

    Date: 02 October 2019

    Consultation launched for an ‘opt-out’ levy model for Northern Ireland LDCs


  • Five seats up for election on the BDA's board

    Five seats on the BDA's board (known as the Principal Executive Committee) are now up for election, with the newly-elected representatives taking their seats in January 2020.

    Date: 30 September 2019

    Five seats up for election on the BDA's board


  • Have your chance to shape the BDA - Membership survey

    We are asking BDA members their thoughts on the services we provide and how we might be able to improve our membership offer.

    Date: 25 September 2019

    Have your chance to shape the BDA - Membership survey


  • Northern Ireland needs to reconnect oral health with wider health policy

    BDA Northern Ireland representatives recently met with Richard Pengelly, Permanent Secretary and the Chief Dental Officer, Simon Reid, and made the case that oral health needs to reconnect with wider health policy, to ensure 'the mouth is put back in the body'.

    Date: 18 September 2019

    Northern Ireland needs to reconnect oral health with wider health policy


  • Concerns raised on “new model of care” in Scotland

    BDA Scotland says the Scottish Government must consider dentists’ concerns when developing their new ‘model of care’ for dentistry, which is the next major phase of the Oral Health Improvement Plan,

    Date: 18 September 2019

    Concerns raised on “new model of care” in Scotland


  • Two new reps take seats on the BDA’s YDC

    Two new candidates have been elected for the BDA’s Young Dentist Committee (YDC), Natalie Bradley and Katie McDonald-Meyer.

    Date: 10 September 2019

    Two new reps take seats on the BDA’s YDC


  • Decade-long collapse in Northern Ireland dentists’ earnings’ confirmed by latest official figures

    A decade-long collapse in dentists' earnings risks the sustainability of Health Service dentistry, BDA Northern Ireland has said in responding to a new report from NHS Digital.

    Date: 03 September 2019

    Decade-long collapse in Northern Ireland dentists’ earnings’ confirmed by latest official figures


  • Permanent Secretary responds to BDA calls for more timely pay uplifts

    The Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health, Richard Pengelly, has responded to BDA Northern Ireland's letter calling for the timely implementation of the DDRB’s recommended 2.5% net of expenses uplift for GDPs and salaried dentists in 2019/20.

    Date: 03 September 2019

    Permanent Secretary responds to BDA calls for more timely pay uplifts


  • Scotland’s dentists express concerns over plans for improving oral health

    In response to BDA Scotland’s survey into the state of oral health provision and other issues, many dentists expressed concerns over the Scottish Government’s Oral Health Improvement Plan (OHIP).

    Date: 28 August 2019

    Scotland’s dentists express concerns over plans for improving oral health


  • Vote for two new reps on the YDC

    Voting is now open for the two vacant seats on the BDA's Young Dentists Committee (YDC)

    Date: 23 August 2019

    Vote for two new reps on the YDC


  • New apps for dentists launched

    Two new tools are available to support dentists in practice and aim to help improve patient care.

    Date: 22 August 2019

    New apps for dentists launched


  • eDental discovery survey for dentists in Scotland

    The National Services Scotland eDental Programme Board is holding a review to help understand what clinical information could be provided to GDPs through access to secondary care patient health data and is asking dentists to take part in a survey.

    Date: 14 August 2019

    eDental discovery survey for dentists in Scotland


  • BDA Northern Ireland welcomes online access to pension statements

    BDA Northern Ireland has welcomed a new facility that will give GDPs online access to their annual allowance statements and annual benefit statements.

    Date: 14 August 2019

    BDA Northern Ireland welcomes online access to pension statements


  • PSD update on eOrthodontic eDental Programme

    NHS NSS Practitioner Services Division (PSD) is continuing to implement its eDental programme throughout 2019 and has advised that the 1 January 2020 deadline will not be deferred again.

    Date: 14 August 2019

    PSD update on eOrthodontic eDental Programme


  • Medical Device Alert - Telefunken defibrillators

    The MHRA has issued a Medical Device Alert for all Telefunken HR1 & FA1 automated external defibrillators, as no valid CE certificate is in place.

    Date: 26 July 2019

    Medical Device Alert - Telefunken defibrillators


  • Crisis in dental access raised by Gwynedd AM

    We're pleased to see Assembly Member for Arfon, Siân Gwenllian, raising the issue of the crisis in dental access for patients in the Welsh Assembly this week.

    Date: 17 July 2019

    Crisis in dental access raised by Gwynedd AM


  • Dentists express concern about Statement of Dental Remuneration errors

    The Northern Ireland Dental Practice Committee has expressed concern that the Department of Health has found over twenty errors in the 2018-19 Statement of Dental Remuneration published on 24 June.

    Date: 16 July 2019

    Dentists express concern about Statement of Dental Remuneration errors


  • New quality improvement arrangements for Scotland

    In July 2019, the Scottish Government announced new arrangements for QI activities for the forthcoming three-year cycle 2019/22.

    Date: 16 July 2019

    New quality improvement arrangements for Scotland


  • MHRA issues alert for Emerade AAIs

    Bausch & Lomb UK limited has informed the MHRA of a risk of Emerade products failing to deliver a dose of adrenaline from the syringe due to blockage of the needle.

    Date: 12 July 2019

    MHRA issues alert for Emerade AAIs


  • Waiting times for hospital dental treatment in Scotland are 'unacceptable'

    Scotland's public health minister admits waits for hospital dental treatment are 'unacceptable'

    Date: 04 July 2019

    Waiting times for hospital dental treatment in Scotland are 'unacceptable'


  • Pay uplift for GDPs takes effect but delay unacceptable, says BDA Northern Ireland

    Pay uplift for GDPs takes effect but delay unacceptable, says BDA Northern Ireland.

    Date: 27 June 2019

    Pay uplift for GDPs takes effect but delay unacceptable, says BDA Northern Ireland


  • Approval for pay uplift for salaried dentists in Northern Ireland

    Approval for pay uplift for salaried dentists welcomed but delays are unacceptable says BDA Northern Ireland

    Date: 18 June 2019

    Approval for pay uplift for salaried dentists in Northern Ireland