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Associates Group rebooted for 2018: dental associates pay, career pathways and tax status

20 July 2018

The newly-constituted General Dental Practice Committee's Associates Group met recently, welcoming new members to the group, and discussed associates self-employment status, associates pay and terms and conditions, and the impact of NHS England's Tier 2 proposals for primary care dentists on associates career pathways.

Over 80 per cent of GDPs are currently working as an associate, and the trend appears that many are working as associates for a longer stage of their careers than previously.

The Group includes members from the BDA's Young Dentists Committee, and the General Dental Practice Committee, as well as foundation dentists and mid-career associates.


george-wright-crop-450px.jpgOn his election as Chair of the Associates Group, George Wright said:

"I'm honoured to be elected Chair of this reformed group. It's really important that dental associates' voices are heard within the profession, and we really need more associates to get engaged, to give us their views on the sweeping changes that are taking place within NHS dentistry at the moment.


"We know that career structures in our profession are changing rapidly, and as an organisation, the BDA is keen to protect dentists' interests and ensure they have fulfilling and viable careers. Our new group has a great range of associates, both younger and more established in their careers, and their expertise will be invaluable in helping us take our agenda forward."


Associates pay, career pathways, and tax status

Discussing the issue of the pay uplift awarded each year by Government, the Associates Group has recommended the BDA's official statement is amended to ask practice owners to proactively discuss the issue of pay with associates each year, following the announcement of the uplift.

The BDA has been in discussions with HMRC about their review of the employment status of dental associates – and mainly those working for corporates. The group discussed the pros and cons of associates being considered self-employed or employed and the changes taking place in the structure of associates' careers. The BDA is keeping a close eye on HMRC's review and the impact this might have on the future of associates tax status.

NHS England has set out plans for the accreditation of Tier 2 services in primary care, and the group discussed what impact this might have on associates career pathways. The plans aim to accredit dentists so they can deliver NHS services that via a referral service.


Share your views

The Associates Group is keen to encourage more members to get involved and share their views, if you are interested in supporting the work of the group, please get in touch.


Keeping up-to-date

If you want to keep up to date with issues relating to the Assciates Group's work, please subscribe to our monthly associates enewsletter, via your MyBDA preferences.