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Updates from week commencing 12 September 2022

Read all the updates that took place throughout this week.

Friday 16 September 2022


We're closed Monday 19 September

The BDA will be closed on Monday 19 September to mark the bank holiday for our patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral. We will reopen on Tuesday 20 September. 

Thursday 15 September 2022


Northern Ireland: Rebuilding Support Scheme in Q3

The Department of Health had previously indicated its intention to provide the profession with one month's notice of what percentage enhancement would apply for quarter 3. Confirmation of the percentage Rebuilding Support Scheme (RSS) enhancement was to have been reported on Thursday 8 September, but this date was missed. 

We are cognisant that recent events and the period of national mourning has severely disrupted government business. We are also acutely cognisant that practitioners need and deserve to have certainty regarding what percentage will apply in just a matter of weeks, and have indicated this to the Department of Health. We await their response.

Wednesday 14 September 2022


Northern Ireland: Calling all hospital dentist trainees

We are looking for a hospital dentist trainee in Northern Ireland to represent us on the BMA's Northern Ireland Junior Doctors Committee (NIJDC). 

The committee meets four times per year. As our representative, you will be expected to report back to our wider Hospital Committee and its Chair on NIJDC discussions. You will also be reflecting the views of the Association and the committee during these meetings. 

The next meetings will take place from 2pm – 5pm on the following dates:

  • Thursday 22 September 2022 (hybrid) – The Mount Conference Centre
  • Wednesday 7 December 2022 (virtual)
  • Thursday 2 March 2023 (hybrid) – venue TBC
  • Wednesday 10 May 2023 (virtual)

If you are interested in representing us, please contact Eleanor Day by 5pm on Tuesday 20 September.


Northern Ireland: Out of hours application window closes today

GDPs are encouraged to sign up to the Emergency Dental Care rotas ahead of the forthcoming deadline of 14 Sept 2022. 

Monday 12 September 2022


Bank holiday for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral on 19 September 2022

The Government has announced a bank holiday for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral on Monday 19 September 2022.

The Government has said that schools will be closed.

There is no statutory obligation on employers to give their staff an extra day’s leave for this bank holiday. Nor is there any obligation on employers to allow their staff to take 19 September 2022 as leave.

It is important that practices consider their position carefully. Practices should check their staff contracts of employment. The BDA model contract provides a holiday entitlement inclusive of public holidays. However, if your contracts of employment say, for example, staff are entitled to four weeks’ paid leave plus bank holidays, you may have to pay staff for the additional day. 

It would be sensible for practices to speak to their staff. Some will understand that staff may need to be at home to look after children if schools are closing. They may choose to give their staff an extra day’s paid leave. Some staff may be happy to work and some may not wish to work. An option may be for the practice to remain open, but on reduced staffing and fewer appointments.  

Practices may wish to close the practice on 19 September 2022, but ask staff to take the day as part of their existing annual leave entitlement. 

Patients may assume that dental practices will be closed and so practices may also wish to consider whether patients want to still attend their appointments. It would be a sensible idea to contact these patients to ask about their intentions.

There is unlikely to be any reduction in NHS targets for England and Wales to take account of the bank holiday.

BDA advisory services are happy to help answer additional questions from Extra and Expert members. Please note that our offices will be closed on this day.

NHS Contractual Obligations - England and Wales 

The majority of dental practices in England and Wales will have the contractual right to close their practices on bank holidays if they wish to close. However, practices are not obliged to close. This is the provision of the standard contract but not all contracts contain this provision so if you are at all unsure do check your contract.