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  • 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


  • Scotland: Clarity for mixed practices on £500 COVID payments

    Clarity for mixed practices in Scotland regarding the £500 COVID payments. As long as practices provide a degree of NHS treatment, the ratio of NHS/private work does not affect payment eligibility.

    Date: 17 February 2021

    Scotland: Clarity for mixed practices on £500 COVID payments


  • Recall of MidaBuc – Midazolam

    The MHRA has informed us that Eaststone Limited has an issue related to underfilled or empty bottles of Midazolam (Oromucosal Solution).

    Date: 16 February 2021

    Recall of MidaBuc – Midazolam


  • House of Lords puts the spotlight on dentistry

    Today the House of Lords held an oral question session on issues relating to the backlog of dental need as we emerge from the pandemic.

    Date: 11 February 2021

    House of Lords puts the spotlight on dentistry


  • Northern Ireland: Underspend funding being sought for general practice

    The Finance Minister recently requested government departments to submit fresh funding bids, due to a considerable COVID-19 underspend. We’re working to secure access to these funds for general practice.

    Date: 04 February 2021

    Northern Ireland: Underspend funding being sought for general practice


  • Scotland: Dental schools face uncertain future

    It is still unclear whether Scotland's dental schools will graduate classes in 2021. The COVID pandemic has limited the clinical experience of many dental undergraduates and now their immediate future is uncertain.

    Date: 02 February 2021

    Scotland: Dental schools face uncertain future


  • Wales: Mental health survey launched

    We invite all dentists working in Wales to take part in a survey of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of dentists in Wales.

    Date: 20 January 2021

    Wales: Mental health survey launched


  • Scotland: Update on PPE, ventilation and private practice guidance

    Updates on a variety of important points, including PPE supply, funding for ventilation upgrades and guidance for private practices.

    Date: 20 January 2021

    Scotland: Update on PPE, ventilation and private practice guidance


  • Supreme court delivers decision on business interruption insurance

    On Friday 15 January the Supreme Court issued its judgement in relation to the Financial Conduct Authority’s case on business interruption insurance. Widespread media coverage gave the impression that the decision was a significant outcome for large numbers of small businesses.

    Date: 18 January 2021

    Supreme court delivers decision on business interruption insurance


  • MPs debate impact of COVID-19 on dental services

    On Thursday 14 January, the House of Commons held a debate on the impact of COVID-19 on dental services.

    Date: 15 January 2021

    MPs debate impact of COVID-19 on dental services


  • England: Priority vaccine access confirmed

    NHS England have now confirmed that all dentists, teams and support staff – in both NHS and private settings – will receive priority access to the COVID vaccine.

    Date: 07 January 2021

    England: Priority vaccine access confirmed


  • New survey aims to gauge the impact of lockdown on dental practices

    The new year lockdown that began on midnight of 4 January 2021 has created new challenges for every dental practice in England. We want to know how you are affected and what impact this lockdown is having on your practice.

    Date: 07 January 2021

    New survey aims to gauge the impact of lockdown on dental practices


  • Write to your MP: National lockdown and NHS targets

    We are encouraging all GDPs in England to contact their MPs about NHS England’s untenable quarter four targets.

    Date: 04 January 2021

    Write to your MP: National lockdown and NHS targets


  • Northern Ireland: GDS FSS funding confirmed until end of financial year

    The Department of Health has publicised details of upcoming changes to the GDS Financial Support Scheme (FSS) in Northern Ireland.

    Date: 17 December 2020

    Northern Ireland: GDS FSS funding confirmed until end of financial year


  • Dental foundation training: change to preferencing timelines announced

    This week DFT applicants and training practices should have received a communication from the DFT National Recruitment Office (NRO) advising them that preferencing of dental schemes will be delayed until 2021.

    Date: 08 December 2020

    Dental foundation training: change to preferencing timelines announced


  • Innovative thinking needed for future of NHS dentistry

    LDC Officials’ Day took place virtually on Friday 27 November and was dominated by the impact of COVID-19 on dentistry and the issues surrounding the current UDA system of dental contracting.

    Date: 04 December 2020

    Innovative thinking needed for future of NHS dentistry


  • BDA board election results – 2021-23

    The results for the BDA board elections for the 2021-23 triennium are now in.

    Date: 27 November 2020

    BDA board election results – 2021-23


  • NHS Charges: Set the record straight

    Patient charges in England will rise by 5% on 14 December 2020. If you treat NHS patients, we want to help you set the record straight on who benefits from this increase.

    Date: 27 November 2020

    NHS Charges: Set the record straight


  • MPs debate dentistry, access and ventilation

    Yesterday, the House of Commons held a debate on "Access to NHS dentistry and oral health inequalities". The debate was secured by Judith Cummins MP, our long-standing ally in Parliament and the Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dentistry and Oral Health.

    Date: 26 November 2020

    MPs debate dentistry, access and ventilation


  • Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise finalist in NHS Parliamentary Awards

    The BDA welcomes news that Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise (PDSE) has been recognised as the South West Regional Winner in the Health Equalities Award category of the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2020 for its successful Community Clinic, which supports vulnerable patients who are experiencing homelessness in Plymouth.

    Date: 24 November 2020

    Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise finalist in NHS Parliamentary Awards


  • Raise awareness during Mouth Cancer Action Month

    We are encouraging dentists and teams to support the Mouth Cancer Action campaign during November, by raising awareness of oral cancers with your patients.

    Date: 20 November 2020

    Raise awareness during Mouth Cancer Action Month


  • Dentists: Vote now in the BDA board elections

    Six seats on the BDA’s board are now up for election. This year, 14 candidates are standing for the four regional seats, and 34 candidates for the two UK-wide seats available.

    Date: 05 November 2020

    Dentists: Vote now in the BDA board elections


  • Scotland: November will not mark a return to normal dental services

    This week we have reiterated our warning that the resumption of the ‘full range’ of NHS treatments in Scotland must not be perceived as a return to routine care.

    Date: 04 November 2020

    Scotland: November will not mark a return to normal dental services


  • England: Dental services set to continue in second lockdown

    Dental services will remain open throughout the current national lockdown, and the public health measures announced by the Prime Minister on Saturday will permit travel for access to dental care, NHS England confirmed earlier this week.

    Date: 04 November 2020

    England: Dental services set to continue in second lockdown