SDC were obviously unhappy at the pay award offered by the Department of Health. Support was given to the letter to be sent by the Chair of PEC on behalf of all employed dentists to the Secretary of State expressing significant consternation at the award.
In light of the significant criticism of the offer expressed at the Committee the Chair asked members whether they would countenance industrial action. As he had suspected and previously advised PEC there was no support for this. Members did however request that the BDA seek to liaise with other NHS Trades Unions in an attempt to present a united front.
Members also discussed the notion that the Department of Health may be willing to provide a consolidated rise if incremental pay rises were abandoned. The Committee were unanimous that incremental pay-progression was a fundamental aspect of the SPDCS contract and would not support any retreat from such.
All three salaried pilot sites have now been commissioned. Reports from the two sites present at the meeting highlighted ongoing issues surrounding the usability of the IT package, with a number of parent/carer complaints as patients grew increasingly anxious and or agitated as data was collected. It was also thought that 49 questions concerning medical history and 13 regarding social history may prove too burdensome for many SPDCS patients or their carers. However, it was also thought that the pathway approach offered the prospect of significant improvements in care for many SPDCS patients.
Clinical leadership was again discussed at length by SDC following involved debate at the January Executive. The unique nature of the SPDCS Clinical Director within the NHS was again remarked on and members were asked to consider whether sufficient evidence could be provided that the SPDCS is in need of such unique leadership. Whilst the triennial medical leadership model is known and appreciated in the wider NHS it is doubtful that services would have sufficient leaders or potential leaders to ensure a working rotation of leaders. The Committee has proceeded to determining the competencies required for successful SPDCS leadership.
The Committee consists of clinician and clinical director representatives drawn from ten groupings of Area Teams. in England. Members are elected to the Committee following a ballot of their peers within that grouping and subsequently serve for a period of three years.
The Chair of ECDSC is Charlotte Waite a Senior Dental Officer from Nottinghamshire.
The Vice Chair is Judith Wright a Clinical Director from west Yorkshire.
ECDSC is keen to ensure that its agenda reflects the contemporary issues facing those working in Salaried Primary Dental Care If you have an issue that you believe ECDSC should consider please contact the Committee Secretary below.
The following were elected from the named constituencies to be members of the ECDSC 2018-2021:
Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Bristol, Somerset and South Gloucestershire, Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire Area Teams
Thames Valley, Wessex Area Teams
Surrey and Sussex, Kent and Medway Area Teams
North East, North West and South London Area Teams
Essex, East Anglia, Hertfordshire and the South Midlands Area Teams
Arden, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, Birmingham and the Black Country, Shropshire and Staffordshire Area Teams
Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire Area Teams
South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and the Humber Area Teams
Durham, Darlington and Tees, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Area Teams
Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire Area Teams