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  • Academic pensions: negotiations concluded with no consensus

    Discussions between Universities UK (UUK) and the USS Negotiating Committee on proposed reforms to the Universities Superannuation Scheme have concluded without an agreement being reached.

    Date: 20 February 2018

    Academic pensions: negotiations concluded with no consensus


  • CQC guidance on provider financial viability

    The BDA has received clarification from the CQC following a recent announcement that they would be asking all providers to submit a statement of financial viability.

    Date: 12 February 2018

    CQC guidance on provider financial viability


  • DFT educational supervisors: get your voice heard

    The BDA is keen to hear from all dentists who are currently supervising a foundation dentist in England.

    Date: 09 February 2018

    DFT educational supervisors: get your voice heard


  • BDA Museum wins bid for St Apollonia stained-glass window

    The BDA Museum is delighted to announce it has successfully raised funds to purchase a rare fifteenth centry stained-glass window depicting St Apollonia, known as the patron saint of dentistry.

    Date: 09 February 2018

    BDA Museum wins bid for St Apollonia stained-glass window


  • Give your views to the CQC on the way it regulates dentistry

    The BDA encourages members to have their say in the Care Quality Commission's annual provider survey.

    Date: 08 February 2018

    Give your views to the CQC on the way it regulates dentistry


  • Getting a fairer deal on pay: take part in NHS digital dental survey

    The BDA is encouraging dentists to take part in the NHS Digital Dental Working Patterns Survey, which focuses on dentists' working patterns, motivation and morale, to help get a fairer deal on pay.

    Date: 01 February 2018

    Getting a fairer deal on pay: take part in NHS digital dental survey


  • BDA Northern Ireland Branch welcomes 2018 President

    BDA Northern Ireland welcomed its new Branch President for 2018, Martin W Curran, on Friday 12 January at a ceremony at The Great Hall, Queen's University Belfast.

    Date: 30 January 2018

    BDA Northern Ireland Branch welcomes 2018 President


  • Lords debate importance of children's oral health

    On Thursday 18 January the House of Lords debated the issue of child oral health. The debate was secured by Baroness Gardner of Parkes.

    Date: 24 January 2018

    Lords debate importance of children's oral health


  • CQC extends length of DBS checks for new dental practice owners

    The BDA welcomes the news that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has altered its strict policy of enforcing CQC-countersigned Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks to last for only six-months for those buying new practices, and has extended it to 12-months.

    Date: 19 January 2018

    CQC extends length of DBS checks for new dental practice owners


  • ​BDA Northern Ireland meet with Jim Shannon MP

    BDA staff and representatives met with Jim Shannon MP for Strangford on Friday 5 January in Belfast. Jim Shannon is currently the DUP Spokesperson on Health.

    Date: 17 January 2018

    ​BDA Northern Ireland meet with Jim Shannon MP


  • FAQs on new regulations for ionising radiation requirements

    FAQs on the regulations came into force on 1 January 2018, which means dentists using x-ray generators, must be registered with the Health and Safety Executive.

    Date: 16 January 2018

    FAQs on new regulations for ionising radiation requirements


  • MHRA safety alert: W&H foot controls

    The BDA is advising dentists that a MHRA safety alert has been issued in relation to the W&H foot control S-N1/S-N2 products.

    Date: 16 January 2018

    MHRA safety alert: W&H foot controls


  • Enhanced CPD: what you need to know

    The GDC has made changes to the CPD scheme for dental care professionals which came into effect from 1 January 2018.

    Date: 11 January 2018

    Enhanced CPD: what you need to know


  • Dental academics: help us fight to protect your pension

    Proposals have been made by Universities UK (UUK) that would see significant detrimental changes being made to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) that will affect dentists working in Higher Education, who belong to this scheme.

    Date: 10 January 2018

    Dental academics: help us fight to protect your pension


  • DFT place allocations back on track

    We understand that information about DFT places has now been released and the technical issues being experience by COPDEND have been resolved.

    Date: 10 January 2018

    DFT place allocations back on track


  • Dental practices no longer able to apply credit or debit card fees

    From 13 January 2018 a new EU directive called the Payment Services Directive comes into force. This will stop businesses such as dental practices from being able to apply charges when patients use their debit or credit cards to make payments.

    Date: 09 January 2018

    Dental practices no longer able to apply credit or debit card fees


  • Northern Ireland BDA Good Practice member wins Investor in People Award

    A locally-owned group of eight dental practices in Northern Ireland, DJ Maguire and Associates Ltd, has been ranked second in the Gold Employer of the year, by the national Investors in People Awards.

    Date: 09 January 2018

    Northern Ireland BDA Good Practice member wins Investor in People Award


  • National Dental Student Awards

    The National Dental Student Awards are now open and aspiring dental professionals across the UK are encouraged to apply.

    Date: 04 January 2018

    National Dental Student Awards


  • Dentistry recognised in the New Year's Honours List

    Dentistry has been recognised in the 2018 New Year's Honours List, with six leading lights of the profession being awarded honours.

    Date: 04 January 2018

    Dentistry recognised in the New Year's Honours List


  • Toolkit for dentists to help parents care for children's teeth

    Dentists can access free resources from Public Health England to help make parents more aware of how to look after their children's teeth.

    Date: 04 January 2018

    Toolkit for dentists to help parents care for children's teeth


  • Reminder: dentists need to renew GDC registration

    The GDC is reminding dentists to renew their registration before 31 December 2017, to ensure they stay on the register.

    Date: 20 December 2017

    Reminder: dentists need to renew GDC registration


  • BDA win on proposed changes to DFT recruitment timings

    The BDA is pleased to hear that COPDEND has decided to retain the current Dental Foundation Training national recruitment timings, following lobbying from the BDA and other stakeholders.

    Date: 20 December 2017

    BDA win on proposed changes to DFT recruitment timings


  • Common-sense solution for Hep B vaccinations for dental nurses

    The BDA is pleased to see a common-sense solution to the issue of dental nurses and chairside working, in the face of the shortage of Hep B vaccinations. This follows calls from the BDA and others, for a more practical solution, to ensure dental staff are able to work safely.

    Date: 19 December 2017

    Common-sense solution for Hep B vaccinations for dental nurses


  • Young dentist Imran Asghar honoured for outstanding work

    We are delighted to announce Imran Asghar as the first ever winner of the BDA's Joy Harrild Award for Young Dentists.

    Date: 19 December 2017

    Young dentist Imran Asghar honoured for outstanding work


  • ​BDA members celebrate Good Practice during 2017

    The BDA held a festive event with 17 BDA Good Practice members on Thursday 14 December, to celebrate their successes during 2017 and to share experiences.

    Date: 19 December 2017

    ​BDA members celebrate Good Practice during 2017


  • Welsh dentist honoured for selfless commitment

    Gareth Lloyd is awarded Fellowship of the BDA, for his selfless commitment to his profession and the wider community, in the pursuit of getting a better deal for dentistry.

    Date: 15 December 2017

    Welsh dentist honoured for selfless commitment


  • Scotland dentists distinguished by their contributions to the profession

    Two dentists in Scotland are being honoured by the BDA for their exceptional work in governing dentistry and working to improve the working lives of dentists on the ground: Adrian Hart and former BDA Scotland Director, Andrew Lamb.

    Date: 15 December 2017

    Scotland dentists distinguished by their contributions to the profession


  • ​Front-line dentists honoured for outstanding contributions

    Two front-line dentists in England are being recognised by the BDA for their inspiring contributions to dentistry: Jerry Asquith and Shelagh Farrell.

    Date: 15 December 2017

    ​Front-line dentists honoured for outstanding contributions


  • Northern Ireland dentist honoured for outstanding career

    Northern Ireland dentist Seamus Killough is being honoured with Fellowship of the BDA, for his long and outstanding career, as well as for his tireless commitment to improving the working lives for dentists in the country.

    Date: 15 December 2017

    Northern Ireland dentist honoured for outstanding career


  • Inspiring community dentists honoured and remembered

    This year's round of BDA Honours and Awards has recognised four inspiring community dentists for their contribution to the profession: Christine Arnold, Rosemary Rabin, Janine Doughty and Joy Harrild.

    Date: 15 December 2017

    Inspiring community dentists honoured and remembered


  • Academic honoured for immense contribution to dentistry

    Professor Dayananda Samarawickrama, Emeritus Professor of Conservative Dentistry, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London is awarded Honorary Membership of the BDA for his immense contribution to dentistry

    Date: 15 December 2017

    Academic honoured for immense contribution to dentistry


  • Lesley Derry honoured on the BDA's Roll of Distinction

    BDA Associate Director of Learning and Professional Development, Lesley Derry, has been entered onto the BDA's Roll of Distinction, in honour of her long and dedicated service to the profession.

    Date: 15 December 2017

    Lesley Derry honoured on the BDA's Roll of Distinction


  • Northern Ireland Trusts savings plans on hold

    BDA Northern Ireland has cautiously welcomed news that the five Health and Social Care Trusts consultations on savings plans for 2017/18 are now on hold.

    Date: 14 December 2017

    Northern Ireland Trusts savings plans on hold


  • Question marks over uplifts for NI GDPs

    The BDA is urgently reaching out to authorities in Northern Ireland after failure to provide lack of clarity on whether pay awards will be awarded to non-salaried front line NHS staff.

    Date: 14 December 2017

    Question marks over uplifts for NI GDPs


  • ​New regulations on ionizing radiation requirements

    The BDA is advising dentists in England, Scotland and Wales, that new regulations will come into force on 1 January 2018, which will mean dentists using x-ray generators must register with the Health and Safety Executive.

    Date: 08 December 2017

    ​New regulations on ionizing radiation requirements


  • Scottish Council celebrates members' long-service to BDA

    The BDA's Scotland Office and Scottish Council held a dinner on 7 December to celebrate the contributions of two of their long-serving representatives, Robert Donald and Adrian Hart.

    Date: 08 December 2017

    Scottish Council celebrates members' long-service to BDA


  • LDC Officials' Day 2017

    This year's Local Dental Committee's (LDC) Officials' Day held on 2 December in London gave LDC Officials an update on the latest developments in dental politics.

    Date: 04 December 2017

    LDC Officials' Day 2017


  • Regulations for private dentistry in Wales: deadline reminder and BDA guidance

    We are advising members who are doing any private dentistry in Wales, to submit their completed application to Health Inspectorate Wales (HIW) by the end of December 2017, to ensure sufficient time for processing.

    Date: 29 November 2017

    Regulations for private dentistry in Wales: deadline reminder and BDA guidance


  • New regulations for private dentistry in Scotland: are you registered?

    We are reminding dentists who are undertaking solely private dentistry in Scotland, that they must be registered with Health Improvement Scotland (HIS).

    Date: 29 November 2017

    New regulations for private dentistry in Scotland: are you registered?


  • ​Spending on general dental services in Scotland feeling the squeeze

    The Scotland Sunday Express has reported that spending on general dental services in Scotland fell from £418m to £409.7m over the last five years, despite an additional 658,000 dental registrations across the country.

    Date: 29 November 2017

    ​Spending on general dental services in Scotland feeling the squeeze