• Update on the British Dental Conference and Exhibition

    The BDA has informed delegates that the British Dental Conference and Exhibition will be going ahead as planned following the tragic events which took place at the Manchester Arena.

    Date: 23 May 2017

    Update on the British Dental Conference and Exhibition


  • BDA fight Capita proposals, urge providers to respond by 31 May

    NHS England Area Teams have written to providers about financial year-end, setting out how they propose to address underperformance that has arisen as a result of Performers List delays.

    Date: 22 May 2017

    BDA fight Capita proposals, urge providers to respond by 31 May


  • Dentists alerted to potentially serious problems with LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillators

    Dentists have been alerted to possible problems relating to the readiness of LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillators.

    Date: 19 May 2017

    Dentists alerted to potentially serious problems with LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillators


  • Compass system now functioning for performers to be added to NHS contracts

    The ability to add and remove performers to and from NHS contracts on the Business Service Organisation's Compass system is now live.

    Date: 15 May 2017

    Compass system now functioning for performers to be added to NHS contracts


  • Free online lecture for young dentists on managing oral surgery

    The BDA is offering a free online lecture on 'Managing oral surgery patients in primary care settings' for young dentists, including 45 minutes of verifiable CPD.

    Date: 21 April 2017

    Free online lecture for young dentists on managing oral surgery


  • ​Free training on suicide prevention for dental teams in Northern Ireland

    The Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency are now offering their SafeTALK course free for all members of the dental team.

    Date: 18 April 2017

    ​Free training on suicide prevention for dental teams in Northern Ireland


  • ​Win a one-day British Dental Conference and Exhibition pass

    The British Dental Conference and Exhibition is taking place in Manchester from 25-27 May 2017, and we are offering you the chance to win a one-day free pass.

    Date: 10 April 2017

    ​Win a one-day British Dental Conference and Exhibition pass


  • ​'Designed to Smile' refocus welcomed by dentists but greater investment still needed

    BDA Wales welcomes Welsh Government's plans to re-focus the 'Designed to Smile' programme, which will now aim to help keep children decay free up to the age of five.

    Date: 05 April 2017

    ​'Designed to Smile' refocus welcomed by dentists but greater investment still needed


  • Have you updated your NHS Choices profile?

    We are advising dentists in England to update their NHS Choices profile page, as this is a popular platform used by patients to find a dentist.

    Date: 05 April 2017

    Have you updated your NHS Choices profile?


  • Lords stress dentists' role in the fight against oral cancer

    The House of Lords held a debate on the cost of alcohol abuse to the NHS and ways of reducing the burden it places on our health service.

    Date: 31 March 2017

    Lords stress dentists' role in the fight against oral cancer


  • Taking initiative: Women in dentistry event at King's

    A King's Women in Dentistry Society event, 'Taking initiative', took place on 28 March 2017 to offer support and advice to student dentists on getting ahead in their careers.

    Date: 29 March 2017

    Taking initiative: Women in dentistry event at King's


  • ​Compass UDA activity problems

    Members are reporting that Compass portal activity figures have not been updating during the last two weeks of the 2016/17 financial year

    Date: 29 March 2017

    ​Compass UDA activity problems


  • PHE updates Oral Health Toolkit

    Public Health England has updated the Delivering Better Oral Health toolkit to include new patient factsheets and new guidance on alcohol and nutrition.

    Date: 27 March 2017

    PHE updates Oral Health Toolkit


  • No change to DFT assessment dates this year

    There will be no changes to the assessment dates for dental foundation training (DFT) this year, COPDEND has confirmed.

    Date: 20 March 2017

    No change to DFT assessment dates this year


  • Dental charges in England to rise by a further 5%

    The Government yesterday confirmed its intention to raise dental charges in England by a further 5% from 1 April, following last year's 5% rise.

    Date: 17 March 2017

    Dental charges in England to rise by a further 5%


  • World Oral Health Day: highlighting the impact of sugar on oral health

    The BDA will be supporting World Oral Health Day this Monday 20 March, and is encouraging dentists to highlight to patients the impact sugary food and drinks can have on their teeth, and their livelihood.

    Date: 17 March 2017

    World Oral Health Day: highlighting the impact of sugar on oral health


  • A diverse profession – Over 50% of dentists from minority groups

    Dentists are amongst the most diverse group of professionals in the country, according to new research.

    Date: 14 March 2017

    A diverse profession – Over 50% of dentists from minority groups


  • What the 2017 Spring Budget means for dentists

    The Chancellor delivered the 2017 Budget on 8 March. Here are the areas from the Budget that are likely to be relevant to dental practices.

    Date: 09 March 2017

    What the 2017 Spring Budget means for dentists


  • MPs highlight role of dentists in the fight against antibiotic resistance

    In a recent Parliamentary debate on the findings of the O'Neill Review into the problem of antibiotic resistance, UK Members of Parliament highlighted the important role dentists play in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

    Date: 08 March 2017

    MPs highlight role of dentists in the fight against antibiotic resistance


  • BDA Scotland to DDRB: it's time to invest in dentistry

    BDA Scotland have told the Review Body for Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB) it's time to invest in NHS dentistry, support practices and reduce the pressure on practitioners implicit in the underfunded item of fees system.

    Date: 02 March 2017

    BDA Scotland to DDRB: it's time to invest in dentistry


  • Changes to business rates reimbursement claims

    From April 2017, we understand, the NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) will change their claims process for business rates reimbursement.

    Date: 28 February 2017

    Changes to business rates reimbursement claims


  • BDA Wales meets with Secretary of State for Wales

    The Chair of the Welsh General Dental Practice Committee, Katrina Clarke, and BDA Wales staff visited Barry in South Wales this week to meet with Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales.

    Date: 17 February 2017

    BDA Wales meets with Secretary of State for Wales


  • New registration rules for private dentists in Scotland

    New registration rules are being brought in for all totally private practices (referred to as "independent clinics") in Scotland and they must be registered with Health Improvement Scotland by 1 April 2017.

    Date: 15 February 2017

    New registration rules for private dentists in Scotland


  • ​Working to improve the dental payments system in Northern Ireland

    The Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Board has invited the BDA to be represented on their dental payments system user group, to help advise on the issues practitioners are experiencing with the Business Services Organisation's dental payments system.

    Date: 15 February 2017

    ​Working to improve the dental payments system in Northern Ireland


  • Careers Day 2017: kick starting your career in dentistry

    The BDA/UCL Eastman Dental Institute Careers Day event on 10 February 2017 in London saw over 200 young dentists attend, to hear from high profile experts in the dental profession on the options for their future career paths.

    Date: 13 February 2017

    Careers Day 2017: kick starting your career in dentistry


  • Review on safer sharps: dentists' views sought

    The BDA is encouraging dentists to provide feedback on the Health and Safety Executive's Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 (referred to as Sharps Regulations).

    Date: 07 February 2017

    Review on safer sharps: dentists' views sought


  • BDA puts dentistry on Welsh politicians’ agenda

    The Chair of the Welsh General Dental Practice Committee, Katrina Clarke, and BDA Wales staff visited the Senedd this week to meet with Rhun ap Iorwerth AM, Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care.

    Date: 03 February 2017

    BDA puts dentistry on Welsh politicians’ agenda


  • Professor David Hussey installed as Northern Ireland Branch President

    The BDA Northern Ireland branch has welcomed its new President for 2017, Professor David Hussey, at a celebratory dinner and has launched its new CPD programme for 2017.

    Date: 31 January 2017

    Professor David Hussey installed as Northern Ireland Branch President


  • ​Dentists saving lives: supporting World Cancer Day 2017

    The BDA is lending its support to World Cancer Day on 4 February, and highlighting the important role dentists can play in detecting mouth cancers, helping to save people's lives.

    Date: 27 January 2017

    ​Dentists saving lives: supporting World Cancer Day 2017


  • ​Community Dental Services joint working forum re-established in Wales

    British Dental Association Wales is pleased to announced that it has re-established a joint working forum for the Community Dental Services (CDS), the Welsh Government and NHS employers.

    Date: 27 January 2017

    ​Community Dental Services joint working forum re-established in Wales


  • Availability of sugary drinks issue in schools raised by Wales AM

    The BDA was pleased to see the issue of the availability of sugary drinks in schools being raised by Labour Assembly Member Dawn Bowden at a recent Health, Social Care and Sport Committee session, debating the Public Health (Wales) Bill.

    Date: 17 January 2017

    Availability of sugary drinks issue in schools raised by Wales AM


  • Dental core training recruitment now open

    The first stage of the recruitment process for dental core training (DCT) is now open. The deadline for applications is 7 February 2017 (16:00).

    Date: 16 January 2017

    Dental core training recruitment now open


  • ​Take part in the CQC’s annual frontline survey

    The BDA encourages members in England to have their say in the Care Quality Commission’s annual frontline health and social care staff survey.

    Date: 16 January 2017

    ​Take part in the CQC’s annual frontline survey


  • V​oting opens for vacant seats on General Dental Practice Committee

    Voting is now open for three vacant seats on the General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC). Seats are now up for by-elections in the Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral Area Team; the Lothian, Borders Health Boards; and the Thames Valley.

    Date: 16 January 2017

    V​oting opens for vacant seats on General Dental Practice Committee


  • Highlands MSP highlights concern over access to NHS dental services​

    Labour MSP for the Highlands and Islands, David Stewart, has highlighted concerns over access to NHS dental services in the region, after rec​eiving complaints from constituents.

    Date: 16 January 2017

    Highlands MSP highlights concern over access to NHS dental services​


  • DFT applicants urged to check their emails

    The first round of dental foundation training (DFT) place allocations is due to begin on 9 January 2017. Individuals who applied for training posts commencing in March or September 2017 are urged to keep an eye on their Oriel and email accounts.

    Date: 09 January 2017

    DFT applicants urged to check their emails


  • Dentistry recognised in the New Year’s Honours List

    Dentistry has been recognised in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List, with three leading lights of the profession being awarded honours.​​

    Date: 03 January 2017

    Dentistry recognised in the New Year’s Honours List


  • Capita performance unacceptable, says Minister

    Health Minister Nicola Blackwood MP has refused to confirm if she will recommend NHS England extend contracts with troubled contractor Capita.

    Date: 21 December 2016

    Capita performance unacceptable, says Minister


  • ​BDA board election results

    The results for the BDA board (Principal Executive Committee) are now in.

    Date: 19 December 2016

    ​BDA board election results


  • BDA Good Practice members celebrate a successful year

    The BDA held a festive event with 18 Good Practice members on Thursday 15 December, to celebrate their successes during 2016 and to share experiences.

    Date: 19 December 2016

    BDA Good Practice members celebrate a successful year