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  • Chris Morris elected to BDA Board

    Chris Morris has been elected to the BDA’s Board (known as the Principal Executive Committee) in the 2021 by-election for the vacant UK-wide seat.

    Date: 30 July 2021

    Chris Morris elected to BDA Board


  • 3% pay uplift confirmed

    The UK government has finally confirmed a 3% pay award for 2021/22.

    Date: 21 July 2021

    3% pay uplift confirmed


  • England: The Health and Care Bill must reflect dentistry

    Last week, Parliament held a first debate on the much-anticipated Health and Care Bill. This Bill aims to shift the responsibility for managing contracts for primary care services from NHS England to Integrated Care Boards (ICBs), which might have serious implications on the way NHS dentistry is delivered.

    Date: 21 July 2021

    England: The Health and Care Bill must reflect dentistry


  • Northern Ireland: Final round of feedback on Duty of Candour

    This week, we formally submitted the BDA response to the Department of Health Public Consultation on the introduction of a statutory Duty of Candour in Northern Ireland.

    Date: 21 July 2021

    Northern Ireland: Final round of feedback on Duty of Candour


  • England: Face coverings must still be worn in healthcare settings

    llowing our recent message to the Prime Minister, England's Chief Nursing Officer has now reminded the public that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.

    Date: 15 July 2021

    England: Face coverings must still be worn in healthcare settings


  • Wales: Oral health in care homes back on the agenda

    Baroness Morgan confirmed that the care home oral health programme Gwên am Byth will restart and a new stripped-down version launched to encourage more care homes to sign up for oral health support.

    Date: 08 July 2021

    Wales: Oral health in care homes back on the agenda


  • NHS England: Win for common sense in dental contract case

    NHS England has been directed by NHS Resolution in a recent tribunal to apply its discretion during the year-end reconciliation process to ensure a fair and proportionate outcome.

    Date: 07 July 2021

    NHS England: Win for common sense in dental contract case


  • Northern Ireland: Moving to rebuild General Dental Services

    After 15 months of unprecedented disruption and upset in dentistry, we now have a window of opportunity to try to reshape, and refocus General Dental Services, and a formal mechanism to take this important work forward.

    Date: 07 July 2021

    Northern Ireland: Moving to rebuild General Dental Services


  • Wales: No turning back on contract reform

    Baroness Morgan has today indicated that there will be no return to the failed system NHS dentistry operated to prior to COVID.

    Date: 01 July 2021

    Wales: No turning back on contract reform


  • Questions answered on the future of dentistry

    This week MPs and Peers quizzed Health Minister Jo Churchill MP, CDO Sara Hurley and NHS England's Director for Primary Care Strategy Ed Waller on plans to restore dental services in the wake of the COVID pandemic.

    Date: 29 June 2021

    Questions answered on the future of dentistry


  • Dentists support ban on junk food advertising

    We are pleased to see the Government has decided to introduce a 9pm TV watershed and a restriction on paid-for advertising online for junk foods from 2023

    Date: 24 June 2021

    Dentists support ban on junk food advertising


  • Supporting diversity in the national clinical excellence awards

    We have responded to the consultation proposing to reform the national clinical excellence awards, saying we fully support making the process of nominating these awards more open and inclusive.

    Date: 24 June 2021

    Supporting diversity in the national clinical excellence awards


  • Vital UK dentistry avoids a rapid ‘phase-out’ of dental amalgam

    We continue to lobby for a phase-down of dental amalgam in dentistry in the EU, rather than the proposed phase out by 2030, arguing that it is vital UK dentists can continue to use the full range of materials appropriate to different clinical situations.

    Date: 23 June 2021

    Vital UK dentistry avoids a rapid ‘phase-out’ of dental amalgam


  • LDCs agree that a decade of delay and kicking the can down the road needs to stop

    Contract reform and addressing the challenges from COVID-19 and a poorly funded NHS service, were among the topics debated at the second online local dental committees (LDCs) conference last weekend.

    Date: 16 June 2021

    LDCs agree that a decade of delay and kicking the can down the road needs to stop


  • LDCs say discrimination has no place in dentistry

    A special motion was passed today during the Annual Conference of Local Dental Committees, agreeing that all forms of discrimination have no place in dentistry.

    Date: 12 June 2021

    LDCs say discrimination has no place in dentistry


  • Defending skills and qualifications

    On 9 June members of the House of Lords continued their scrutiny of the Professional Qualifications Bill, as it entered the first of three days of committee stage. During this stage, the Bill is subjected to line-by-line analysis, and peers discuss the various amendments put forward by their colleagues.

    Date: 10 June 2021

    Defending skills and qualifications


  • ​‘One Voice’: Put the wellbeing of health and social care staff first

    The latest Health and Social Care Committee report has highlighted the toll the pandemic has taken on health and care staff. Today we stand with colleagues across the sector to speak with one voice: make the physical and emotional wellbeing of all those on the front line the unequivocal priority.

    Date: 09 June 2021

    ​‘One Voice’: Put the wellbeing of health and social care staff first


  • CDOs commit to roadmap

    In response to our calls to commission a roadmap to ease COVID restrictions, all four UK Chief Dental Officers have issued a rare joint statement, committing to a review.

    Date: 09 June 2021

    CDOs commit to roadmap


  • England: MPs join our call for rapid contract reform

    We were pleased to see support from MPs for dentistry in two recent Parliamentary debates. Parliamentarians from both sides of the House added their voice to our calls for more support for dentistry, and a need to break with the discredited UDA system.

    Date: 27 May 2021

    England: MPs join our call for rapid contract reform


  • Northern Ireland: Representing you at the Assembly’s Health Committee meeting

    Today we represent members at the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Health Committee meeting, making the case to the nine MLA members about the opportunities the Health and Social Care Board bill presents.

    Date: 27 May 2021

    Northern Ireland: Representing you at the Assembly’s Health Committee meeting


  • Applicants updated on dental foundation training

    Applicants to dental foundation training were today updated with news on places and the allocation process.

    Date: 24 May 2021

    Applicants updated on dental foundation training


  • Northern Ireland: Register for the Duty of Candour public consultation

    The Department of Health is hosting an online information session on the Duty of Candour and Being Open public consultation for dentists and dental practice staff on 3 June 2021.

    Date: 20 May 2021

    Northern Ireland: Register for the Duty of Candour public consultation


  • Northern Ireland: Rebuilding General Dental Services

    While FSS support has provided a much-needed lifeline to GDPs over the past year, the short-term nature of the various scheme iterations has resulted in considerable uncertainty.

    Date: 20 May 2021

    Northern Ireland: Rebuilding General Dental Services


  • Northern Ireland: The closure of the HSCB is an opportunity to move dentistry forward

    Legislation that will dissolve the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) from March next year is currently making its way through the Assembly. In our written submission to the Health Committee, we are calling for this unique opportunity to be seized in a way that enables dentistry and oral health to move forward.

    Date: 05 May 2021

    Northern Ireland: The closure of the HSCB is an opportunity to move dentistry forward


  • How Scotland's political parties aim to improve dentistry

    The next Scottish Government must take action to bridge oral health inequality and support dentistry. This is the case we made in our manifesto, published ahead of the election on 6 May 2021. We have summarised what each party is calling for in relation to dentistry.

    Date: 29 April 2021

    How Scotland's political parties aim to improve dentistry


  • ​New national lead for Dental Public Health at PHE

    We offer our congratulations to Dr Anna Ireland on her appointment to the new Dental Public Health lead at Public Health England. We are committed to working with her team both on managing transition to a new public health system, while confronting the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on oral health.

    Date: 22 April 2021

    ​New national lead for Dental Public Health at PHE


  • Northern Ireland: Phase-out of dental amalgam by 2030 unworkable

    BDA Northern Ireland has urged the European Commission to reconsider their plan for a full phase-out of amalgam by 2030.

    Date: 31 March 2021

    Northern Ireland: Phase-out of dental amalgam by 2030 unworkable


  • SNOMED implementation postponed

    Following our calls to the Health Minister, Jo Churchill has indicated that the government will consider postponing full compliance of SNOMED CT to after 31 August 2021.

    Date: 29 March 2021

    SNOMED implementation postponed


  • Wrong tooth extractions removed from Never Event list

    From 1 April 2021 wrong tooth extraction will no longer be considered a never event, NHS England-Improvement has confirmed.

    Date: 25 March 2021

    Wrong tooth extractions removed from Never Event list


  • Supporting students: The BDA Benevolent Fund

    The BDA Benevolent Fund helps dentists, dental students and their families in hardship with financial assistance as well as offering accessing mental health and wellbeing support.

    Date: 18 March 2021

    Supporting students: The BDA Benevolent Fund


  • England: Seeking answers to Q1 targets

    With the start of the new financial year fast approaching many of you are quite rightly asking about NHS contractual provisions in England from April. We know that practices need time to plan for the new quarter - particularly if there are going to be any changes to the current provisions. We have repeatedly made this point to NHS England.

    Date: 17 March 2021

    England: Seeking answers to Q1 targets


  • Scotland: New intermediate funding arrangements for NHS dentistry

    NHS dental practices received a letter from the Minister for Public Health and Sport this week outlining the Scottish Government's intermediate support funding arrangements for NHS dental services in the 2021/2022 financial year.

    Date: 17 March 2021

    Scotland: New intermediate funding arrangements for NHS dentistry


  • Regulatory changes regarding the import/export of human tissues and cells

    Following EU Exit, regulatory changes regarding the import or export of human tissues and cells came into effect in Great Britain.

    Date: 16 March 2021

    Regulatory changes regarding the import/export of human tissues and cells


  • England: Updated CQC guidance on duty of candour

    The CQC has updated its guidance for providers on Regulation 20 - The Duty of Candour.

    Date: 16 March 2021

    England: Updated CQC guidance on duty of candour


  • Trade deals may undermine oral health

    To highlight the impact future trade deals may have on the government’s plans to tackle obesity in England, and how oral health is set to lose out, we have added our support to Sustain’s Trick or Trade campaign this World Obesity Day (4 March).

    Date: 04 March 2021

    Trade deals may undermine oral health


  • 2021 Budget – what you need to know

    Today Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP delivered the Budget statement. Here is a summary of the key points which might be of interest to you.

    Date: 03 March 2021

    2021 Budget – what you need to know


  • Northern Ireland: Financial support wins for practices confirmed

    The Department of Health has now responded to a number of our requests for clarification regarding COVID recognition payments and vaccination remuneration.

    Date: 24 February 2021

    Northern Ireland: Financial support wins for practices confirmed


  • Northern Ireland: New report lays bare erosion of GDS earnings

    On Tuesday, the BSO published a new report analysing GDS payment between 2011/12 and 2018/19. It shows that there was a real-terms decline of 11.4 % in average GDS Health Service earnings per day between 2011/12 and 2018/19.

    Date: 18 February 2021

    Northern Ireland: New report lays bare erosion of GDS earnings


  • Northern Ireland: Ventilation funding case made to Department

    Last week, we issued an urgent appeal via the Local Dental Committees for details on how much money dental practices have already spent, or were planning to spend, on upgraded ventilation.

    Date: 18 February 2021

    Northern Ireland: Ventilation funding case made to Department


  • Scotland: Seeking clarity for dental students

    We are seeking urgent clarification from the Scottish Government, following news that final year students at Aberdeen have been told they will not be eligible for financial support after delays to their graduation.

    Date: 17 February 2021

    Scotland: Seeking clarity for dental students