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  • ​GDC renewals for Dental Care Professionals

    The registration renewals process for Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) is currently open and will close on 31 July 2022.

    Date: 28 June 2022

    ​GDC renewals for Dental Care Professionals


  • England: 100% target fanciful but easy choice for ministers

    NHS England is now attempting a return to 'business as usual' for NHS dentistry, with a new 100% activity target - set to be imposed from 1 July - set to offer no flexibility to the thousands of practices struggling to live with Covid.

    Date: 28 June 2022

    England: 100% target fanciful but easy choice for ministers


  • ​​Scotland: Changes made to multiplier

    The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf, has issued a letter this morning updating NHS dental teams about the immediate next steps for the multiplier and how long-term contractual reform will include a wider engagement programme in the future.

    Date: 28 June 2022

    ​​Scotland: Changes made to multiplier


  • ​England & Wales: Associate dentists and employment status

    A recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal poses questions on whether associate dentists in England and Wales have some rights, such as rights in relation to protection from discrimination.

    Date: 27 June 2022

    ​England & Wales: Associate dentists and employment status


  • ​England: Dentistry top issue as government defeated in by-election

    Reports this morning suggest NHS dentistry was among top issues in fuelling the Conservatives' landslide defeat in the Tiverton by-election.

    Date: 24 June 2022

    ​England: Dentistry top issue as government defeated in by-election


  • ​England: Infection prevention and control update

    The CDO for England's letter of 1 June set out the "next steps" for IPC in dental practices following the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Date: 21 June 2022

    ​England: Infection prevention and control update


  • Highlights from the 2022 LDCs’ annual conference

    Motions on the existential crisis in NHS dentistry took centre stage at this year’s local dental committees’ (LDCs) annual conference, against a backdrop of 3,000 dentists who have left the NHS in England.

    Date: 17 June 2022

    Highlights from the 2022 LDCs’ annual conference


  • ​Support Learning Disability Week

    Support Mencap’s Learning Disability Week (20-26 June) by making dental visits a more positive experience for patients with learning disabilities.

    Date: 16 June 2022

    ​Support Learning Disability Week


  • ​Scotland: GDS funding multiplier must remain

    As rising inflation increases the cost of providing much-needed NHS dental care, we have written to the Scottish Government, urging them to maintain the Item of Service multiplier at its current level (1.7).

    Date: 15 June 2022

    ​Scotland: GDS funding multiplier must remain


  • ​England: Only modest changes expected for NHS dentistry

    We have responded to comments from Minister Maria Caulfield MP in the House of Commons today, suggesting that announcements on reform of the failed NHS dental system will be made this side of Parliament’s summer recess.

    Date: 14 June 2022

    ​England: Only modest changes expected for NHS dentistry


  • Questions for government: Shawn Charlwood's speech to the LDC conference 2022

    Touching on the burning questions facing the profession, Shawn Charlwood, General Dental Practice Committee Chair, gave the following speech at the 2022 Annual Local Dental Committee Conference

    Date: 10 June 2022

    Questions for government: Shawn Charlwood's speech to the LDC conference 2022


  • ​Dentists: Huge gaps in science on impacts of vaping

    We have welcomed the aspirations set out in the Independent review into policies to reduce tobacco use.

    Date: 09 June 2022

    ​Dentists: Huge gaps in science on impacts of vaping


  • ​England: Questions outstanding on IPC guidance

    On 1 June, a new dental framework for infection prevention and control was issued by NHS England.

    Date: 09 June 2022

    ​England: Questions outstanding on IPC guidance


  • ​Scotland: PPE and IPC Update

    We have updated our IPC FAQ document and PPE Q&A document to reflect changes for dental teams.

    Date: 08 June 2022

    ​Scotland: PPE and IPC Update


  • ​Wales: New award for Greener Primary Care

    Public Health Wales has announced the new Greener Primary Care Wales Framework and Award Scheme to help independent primary care providers to improve their environmental sustainability.

    Date: 08 June 2022

    ​Wales: New award for Greener Primary Care


  • Northern Ireland: A way forward on dental workforce issues

    We highlighted the factors behind alarmingly low levels of morale within the CDS workforce and repeated the case for a workforce review at the Northern Ireland Joint Negotiating Forum this week.

    Date: 07 June 2022

    Northern Ireland: A way forward on dental workforce issues


  • Northern Ireland: Dental practice annual governance returns 2021/22

    All practices are required to make their Quality Assurance Return relating to 2021/2022 to GDS.

    Date: 01 June 2022

    Northern Ireland: Dental practice annual governance returns 2021/22


  • New guidance to control monkeypox transmission

    The UK's four nations have issued new guidance to support healthcare professionals in response to the outbreak of monkeypox.

    Date: 31 May 2022

    New guidance to control monkeypox transmission


  • ​England: Broken contract to undermine primary care integration

    Today's announcement to bring forward the integration of primary care will be undermined from the start if the government fail to move forward on the fundamental reform of NHS dentistry.

    Date: 26 May 2022

    ​England: Broken contract to undermine primary care integration


  • Scotland: Change in lead employer arrangements for VDPs

    NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is making good progress in transferring Vocational Dental Practitioners (VDPs) to NES as the lead employer for trainees rather than individual dental practices.

    Date: 24 May 2022

    Scotland: Change in lead employer arrangements for VDPs


  • ​Northern Ireland: A step closer to reinstating Out of Hours provision

    Reinstating the much needed Out of Hours provision has been one of our highest priorities.

    Date: 24 May 2022

    ​Northern Ireland: A step closer to reinstating Out of Hours provision


  • ​Scotland: Repayment of the Dental Undergraduate Bursary Contract

    A number of dentists have recently received letters regarding the Dental Undergraduate Bursary Contract which was provided to dental students who studied at Glasgow, Dundee or Aberdeen Dental Schools.

    Date: 24 May 2022

    ​Scotland: Repayment of the Dental Undergraduate Bursary Contract


  • ​Safeguarding children survey

    A research team from Newcastle University and The University of Sheffield are carrying out a survey to understand the factors influencing how dental practitioners safeguard children who miss dental appointments in the UK.

    Date: 23 May 2022

    ​Safeguarding children survey


  • Scotland: Changes to Covid-19 guidance

    NHS Scotland have recently issued a letter to healthcare professionals outlining the process for the transition from the Winter Respiratory IPC Addendum Covid-19 guidance back to the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual (NIPCM).

    Date: 20 May 2022

    Scotland: Changes to Covid-19 guidance


  • Northern Ireland: Updated fees guide now available

    We have created an updated fees guide for members to use. This follows the Business Services Organisation issuing an MDS.

    Date: 20 May 2022

    Northern Ireland: Updated fees guide now available


  • ​Celebrating the world of dentistry

    We are encouraging dentists across the globe to get involved and celebrate the dental profession on 24 May 2022.

    Date: 19 May 2022

    ​Celebrating the world of dentistry


  • England: Ministers must act on child tooth extractions backlog

    The government must act decisively to deal with surging backlogs for child tooth extractions, as new figures show the number of treatments more than halved during the pandemic.

    Date: 10 May 2022

    England: Ministers must act on child tooth extractions backlog


  • Scotland: Lively debate at LDC Conference

    The Scottish Local Dental Committees held their annual conference on 22 April.

    Date: 10 May 2022

    Scotland: Lively debate at LDC Conference


  • Scotland: Changes to Allowances in the Statement of Dental Remuneration​

    The Scottish Government have made changes to various individual and practice dental allowances within the Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR).

    Date: 09 May 2022

    Scotland: Changes to Allowances in the Statement of Dental Remuneration​


  • England: Call for feedback ahead of Health Committee inquiry

    With the exodus of dentists from NHS dentistry accelerating, we have been called to give evidence direct to Parliament’s Health and Social Care Committee as part of their ongoing inquiry into recruitment, training and retention across health and social care.

    Date: 09 May 2022

    England: Call for feedback ahead of Health Committee inquiry


  • England: Ministers urged to level up NHS dentistry​

    New polling from Healthwatch England shows 41% of adults are struggling to access care, with nearly half (49%) saying that patient charge levels are unfair given the mounting cost of living.

    Date: 09 May 2022

    England: Ministers urged to level up NHS dentistry​


  • England: Fixing NHS dentistry impossible without real reform

    We have responded to the latest report from the Association of Dental Groups (ADG), stressing that anything short of fundamentally reforming the broken contract is doomed to failure.

    Date: 03 May 2022

    England: Fixing NHS dentistry impossible without real reform


  • ​Wales: Survey reveals worrying stress levels

    After our initial survey to discover the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of dentists in Wales, we launched a follow up to discover how your mental health is being impacted as society begins to open back up.

    Date: 03 May 2022

    ​Wales: Survey reveals worrying stress levels


  • ​Northern Ireland: New bereavement leave rights for parents

    All employees in the dental team are now entitled to two weeks' paid bereavement leave (PBL) in the event of the death of a child under the age of 18, or a stillbirth (from 24 weeks of pregnancy), irrespective of their length of service.

    Date: 03 May 2022

    ​Northern Ireland: New bereavement leave rights for parents


  • ​Prof Justin Durham appointed new BDA Chief Scientific Advisor

    We have appointed Professor Justin Durham to the role of Chief Scientific Advisor.

    Date: 22 April 2022

    ​Prof Justin Durham appointed new BDA Chief Scientific Advisor


  • England: Answers on NHS contract

    NHS England have confirmed a review at year-end will decide whether quarter one 2022/23 will be treated as a stand-alone period, or the full year of performance will be used to allow practices to make up delivery across the rest of the year.

    Date: 21 April 2022

    England: Answers on NHS contract


  • ​New IPC guidance conflicts with dental appendix

    We are seeking clarity on conflicting information following a letter released by NHS England about revised UK IPC guidance.

    Date: 21 April 2022

    ​New IPC guidance conflicts with dental appendix


  • England: MPs keep up the pressure on contract reform

    Dentistry was a key focus at the latest oral health questions in the House of Commons, with eight MPs from across the House challenging the Minister on the crisis in NHS dental services.

    Date: 20 April 2022

    England: MPs keep up the pressure on contract reform


  • Scotland: Guidance issued on funding to improve dental equipment

    The Government has issued guidance for practices that previously expressed an interest in ventilation funding about the application process. Applications must be received by 30 June 2022

    Date: 14 April 2022

    Scotland: Guidance issued on funding to improve dental equipment


  • Northern Ireland: Statutory sick pay extension

    The Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme for claiming back Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for coronavirus related absences, is now closed for employers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Date: 12 April 2022

    Northern Ireland: Statutory sick pay extension