Associate dentist prison contracts - your views
We want to hear from dentists who currently work, or have previously worked, in a prison in England providing dental services.
We are in contact with NHS England and as we have concerns about the nature of some prison contracts and issues surrounding access to the NHS superannuation scheme and the associate benefits that it provides (e.g. maternity leave and sickness pay)
We would like to speak to you if you have currently, or have previously had, an issue with the nature of the contract issued to you, or your ability to access superannuation.
Commissioning dental care in secure settings
NHS England and Public Health England are working on creating a national commissioning guide and service specification for commissioning dental care in secure settings. Both the BDA and National Association of Prison Dentistry UK (NAPDUK) have been able to comment on early versions of the guide and provide expert comment and opinion.
This piece of work began in spring 2018 and is still ongoing.
A review of dental commissioning in health and justice commissioning teams is also ongoing.
Improving oral health in prisons
In May 2018 the BDA and NAPDUK submitted a joint response
to the Health and Social Care Parliamentary Select Committee on their inquiry into prison healthcare in England.
This built on many of the themes included in our response to NICE in November 2014.
Our key messages were:
- On entry to prison, the healthcare interview should include an assessment for dental issues
- Specific training for dental care teams in a prison setting is imperative, and particularly for new practitioners in these settings
- The patients' dental records should transfer with the patient to ensure continuity of care
Our key messages were:
Getting dental care on the agenda
In November 2014, we responsed to NICE draft scope on physical health of people in prisons. We used many of the messages from the 2012 work to support dentists to work in these settings.
Unfortunately many of our recommendations were ignored and dental care remains outside of the scope for this NICE guideline.
We continue however to press our messages on the importance of integrating oral health into the mainstream prison healthcare journey for patients.
What needs to change: healthcare in prisons
In 2012, we published our recommendations on improving oral healthcare in prisons and secure settings: