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Updates from week commencing 28 November 2022

Read all the updates that took place throughout this week.

Friday 2 December 2022


England: Hospital trainees make your voice heard

In line with the British Medical Association members ballot, we are currently undertaking an indicative survey of our England hospital trainee members to better understand your views on the possibility of industrial action.

The outcome of this survey will inform our next steps, so your participation is crucial to ensuring that we are making the correct decision on behalf of our members and the wider hospital trainee workforce.

Check your inbox now for an invite to the survey, which only takes between four and five minutes to complete. If you're not yet a member, it's not too late to participate and ensure your views are heard. You can join us and become a member to receive a link to complete the survey before 4 December, when the indicative survey will close.


Wales: Speaking Welsh in dentistry

The ability to speak Welsh brings a wide range of benefits to patients, with many requesting to see a Welsh speaking dentist. It can bring instant reassurance and connection, with patients visually becoming more relaxed.

Welsh dentist Tristan Roberts explores the benefits of speaking Welsh in his blog: "You see an instant change in patients faces and the interaction with people becomes a lot more friendly. It would be great to see more people learning to speak Welsh across different skill sets in dentistry."

Welsh is more than just a language to dentists and patients, there is a whole culture that sits alongside it. The Government is looking to encourage the Health Boards to move in the direction of enhancing Welsh Language provision in a manageable fashion that benefits patients and dentists.

Thursday 1 December 2022


Updated advice section: Botox

We have amended our advice section on Botox and non-surgical procedures  for members.

The advice includes training and professional guidance, voluntary regulation, advertising, and legislation around providing treatments to your patients.

This advice is available to members only, if you would like to access our full range of advice and templates become a member today and join online or over the phone by calling 020 7563 4550.


England: Direct-to-consumer orthodontics

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has produced a new mythbuster about direct to consumer orthodontics, due to the growing popularity of dentists offering orthodontic treatment remotely with patients applying dental aligners.

The CQC recognises that direct-to-consumer orthodontic aligners are part of an innovative process where the use of technology is advancing rapidly and part of its role to ensure that remote care is safe and of a high quality.

Dentists are responsible under General Dental Council rules for assessing, diagnosing, prescribing, and supervising the treatment and should have details of the patient's general dental practitioner in case any issues arise.

Staff must be appropriately trained and qualified, with patients receiving full information about the cost of treatment and any risks and alternative treatment options. Patients must be aware of any procedures which may be necessary to retain the teeth in their final position and there must be a record of the tooth position at the beginning and end of treatment.

Practitioners are reminded that some home impression kits may not be accurate enough for diagnosis or for making the required aligners. Members undertaking remote treatments, or thinking of doing so, should read the mythbuster carefully, together with the GDC statement.

Wednesday 30 November 2022


England: Hospital trainees indicative survey

The British Medical Association plans to ballot its hospital trainee membership on industrial action. We are currently undertaking an indicative survey of our members to find out your views.

Please check your inbox now for an invite to the survey, which only takes between four and five minutes to complete. If you're not yet a member but want to make sure that your voice is heard on this matter, it's not too late to participate and ensure your views are heard loud and clear.

You can join us and become a member to receive a link to complete the survey before 4 December, when the indicative survey will close.

Tuesday 29 November 2022


Oral cancer eBooks and library topic packages

Support your patients during Mouth Cancer Action Month by furthering your knowledge on the prevention and detection of oral cancer.

All members can download free dental textbooks from our library on oral cancer. Orofacial Supportive Care in Cancer enables readers to identify and manage the orofacial complications of cancer therapy. The Textbook of Oral Cancer covers prevention, diagnosis, and management.

We have around 500 folders of articles available for loan on a range of subjects such as cancer of the mouth and risk factors for cancer of the mouth.

Monday 28 November 2022


Northern Ireland: December 2022 RSS applications

Applications for the December 2022 RSS can now be submitted to the Business Services Organisation, but will only be accepted electronically.

The deadline for the December 2022 payment closes at 5pm on Wednesday 7 December 2022.

The BSO cannot process any applications after this time and support payments will not be made.


England: Tweaks do not amount to 'new' contract

Marginal changes to the NHS contract come into force today. It came as a surprise to us, that late on Friday the Department of Health tried to sell this as a 'new' contract. Nothing could be further from the truth. 

"Minsters have done little more than rearrange the deckchairs," says GDPC Chair Shawn Charlwood. "These minor tweaks will not end the access crisis or give demoralised dentists any reason to stay in the NHS."

The Department placed heavy emphasis on the new legal requirement for practices to update their access status on the NHS website. In the absence of meaningful change - and any new investment - all this will achieve is broadcast the barriers facing patients across England.

"It's one thing to offer a shiny new website showing patients they can't get an appointment" Shawn added. "It's quite another to put in place reform and funding so millions can get the care they need."