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  • COVID-19: Report on AGPs and fallow time published

    The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme has today published its report on aerosol generating procedures and COVID-19.

    Date: 25 September 2020

    COVID-19: Report on AGPs and fallow time published


  • ​Scotland: BDA to feed into post-COVID NHS funding model

    The Scottish Dental Practice Committee (SDPC) has established its own New Funding Model Working Group to consider options for a suitable post-COVID-19 NHS funding model.

    Date: 17 September 2020

    ​Scotland: BDA to feed into post-COVID NHS funding model


  • Cyber-attack update

    As previously announced the BDA was the victim of cyber criminals over the summer.

    Date: 17 September 2020

    Cyber-attack update


  • Northern Ireland: Support negotiations must provide financial certainty for dentists to keep treating patients

    The Northern Ireland Dental Practice Committee (NIDPC) and the Department of Health continue to negotiate on Post-October GDS COVID financial support.

    Date: 17 September 2020

    Northern Ireland: Support negotiations must provide financial certainty for dentists to keep treating patients


  • Scotland: Expired PPE concerns raised with Minister and CDO

    We have written to the Chief Dental Officer and the Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing to highlight our concerns about dentists being supplied with enhanced PPE that is past its expiry date.

    Date: 17 September 2020

    Scotland: Expired PPE concerns raised with Minister and CDO


  • England: New Standard Operating Procedure published with update on fallow time

    Last week the CDO for England, Sara Hurley, wrote to practices to announce the updated Urgent Dental Care and Transition to Recovery Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in England.

    Date: 03 September 2020

    England: New Standard Operating Procedure published with update on fallow time


  • Northern Ireland: Financial Support Scheme extended

    We welcome the news that Northern Ireland’s Financial Support Scheme will be extended for a further month.

    Date: 03 September 2020

    Northern Ireland: Financial Support Scheme extended


  • England: Seeking NHS contract provisions that are fit for purpose

    The BDA is currently in discussions with NHS England regarding what the NHS contract should look like for the rest of this financial year. As our discussions continue over the coming weeks, we will be seeking a balanced approach that recognises ongoing constraints and increased cost pressures on practices. It must also be flexible as the pandemic's progression is unlikely to be predictable or consistent across England.

    Date: 03 September 2020

    England: Seeking NHS contract provisions that are fit for purpose


  • Six seats up for election on the BDA's Board

    Six seats on the BDA's board (Principal Executive Committee) are up now up for election, with new representatives taking their seats in December 2020 and January 2021.

    Date: 02 September 2020

    Six seats up for election on the BDA's Board


  • Scotland: Guidance on payment queries to Practitioner Services Division

    We recently met with Practitioner Services Division (PSD) officials on your behalf and can provide some clarity on the process of querying COVID-19 support payments.

    Date: 02 September 2020

    Scotland: Guidance on payment queries to Practitioner Services Division


  • Scotland: Dentists can give flu vaccinations this winter

    General Dental Practitioners in Scotland can, if they wish, support the NHS’ 2020/21 flu vaccination programme, which should help save lives and relieve pressure on the NHS this winter.

    Date: 02 September 2020

    Scotland: Dentists can give flu vaccinations this winter


  • Scotland: Dentists need non-expired PPE

    We have serious concerns about some of the PPE provided to dentists in Scotland for AGPs. We’re urging dentists not to use expired masks and calling on the Scottish Government to provide dentists with safe PPE.

    Date: 02 September 2020

    Scotland: Dentists need non-expired PPE


  • England: We call on Sunak to set out action plan

    We have called on the Chancellor to set out his response to a new report underlining the need for coherent support for dental services, particularly for mixed and private services.

    Date: 01 September 2020

    England: We call on Sunak to set out action plan


  • Wales: Updated guidance from Welsh government

    Today the Chief Dental Officer for Wales, Colette Bridgman, has written to all primary care dental teams in Wales in order to update the industry on the progress of reinstating NHS dentistry.

    Date: 27 August 2020

    Wales: Updated guidance from Welsh government


  • Northern Ireland: Widespread frustration as RQIA inspections to go ahead

    In recent discussions with RQIA regarding the resumption of on-site inspections, we stressed the need for a sensible and light-touch approach at this difficult time. We’re frustrated to see RQIA take on board few dentists’ concerns.

    Date: 20 August 2020

    Northern Ireland: Widespread frustration as RQIA inspections to go ahead


  • Northern Ireland: Financial support for GDPs and FDs

    An additional condition has been attached to the Financial Support Scheme (FSS) and a grant has been provided for FD supervisors in Northern Ireland.

    Date: 20 August 2020

    Northern Ireland: Financial support for GDPs and FDs


  • Wales: CDO says contract value abatement last quarter stands

    The Chief Dental Officer has responded to the concerns we’ve raised regarding the higher rate of GDS NHS contract value abatement in Wales, but declined to revisit the figure.

    Date: 20 August 2020

    Wales: CDO says contract value abatement last quarter stands


  • Scotland: Concerns over PPE supplies for dental practices

    We are concerned that much of the “enhanced” PPE provided to practices in NHS Scotland has passed its expiry date (some equipment is from 2012) and that this may present significant risks to patients, dentists and their teams.

    Date: 19 August 2020

    Scotland: Concerns over PPE supplies for dental practices


  • Scotland: Financial support announced for Vocational Dental Practitioners

    We're pleased to see the Scottish Government take note of the concerns we raised on behalf of Vocational Dental Practitioners (VDPs), and welcome their decision to provide additional financial support for VDPs moving to associate position, and for vocational trainers.

    Date: 19 August 2020

    Scotland: Financial support announced for Vocational Dental Practitioners


  • Northern Ireland: Branch events, AGM and President

    The BDA NI Branch Council have met to consider how our branch can safely offer a service to members as this pandemic continues.

    Date: 18 August 2020

    Northern Ireland: Branch events, AGM and President


  • Northern Ireland: RQIA told inspections must not resume as planned

    We met with the RQIA this week to outline our objections to their plan for the renewal of site inspections in September. We made clear that extra disruption caused by an RQIA inspection is the very last thing practitioners need in the current circumstances.

    Date: 14 August 2020

    Northern Ireland: RQIA told inspections must not resume as planned


  • Scotland: Concern over funding package for VDPs

    We are concerned about the funding package available to Vocational Dental Practitioners (VDPs) in Scotland and the consequences they face financially should they move to an associate position at the end of their VDP year in August 2020.

    Date: 10 August 2020

    Scotland: Concern over funding package for VDPs


  • England: Clarity on associates’ pay and abatement issues

    After pushing for answers on various issues relating to associates pay and abatement, we are pleased to see NHS England provide clarity on a number of issues.

    Date: 10 August 2020

    England: Clarity on associates’ pay and abatement issues


  • NHS uplift and associates' pay: GDPC position updated

    The General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) encourages all dental practices to discuss with their associates their contractual arrangements following news of an NHS uplift.

    Date: 21 July 2020

    NHS uplift and associates' pay: GDPC position updated


  • Wales: Funding questions for the CDO

    We are pushing for the Welsh Government to provide more funding for AGPs and to match the abatement figure announced in England this week.

    Date: 16 July 2020

    Wales: Funding questions for the CDO


  • BDA calls for urgent action on financial support for dentistry in Northern Ireland

    BDA Northern Ireland is calling for urgent action to ensure dedicated financial support for mixed/private-orientated and NHS practices is achieved across Northern Ireland.

    Date: 15 July 2020

    BDA calls for urgent action on financial support for dentistry in Northern Ireland


  • BDA joins voices for action on Childhood Obesity Plan to safeguard oral health

    The BDA has signed a letter to the Prime Minister, led by Action on Sugar, Action on Salt, alongside other health charities and stakeholders, urging action on all the outstanding recommendations previously committed to in the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan.

    Date: 15 July 2020

    BDA joins voices for action on Childhood Obesity Plan to safeguard oral health


  • Scotland: More funding needed as dentistry enters phase three

    Dentistry in Scotland moved to phase 3 of reopening this week. At this time, we have urged the Scottish Government and NHS Boards to manage patients' expectations and to look again at the financial support available to dentists.

    Date: 15 July 2020

    Scotland: More funding needed as dentistry enters phase three


  • NHS England finally confirms abatement figure and sets out key NHS contractual issues

    Today NHS England and the Chief Dental Officer England published a letter setting out key NHS contractual issues going back to the period of lockdown and those applying in the current face-to-face period since 8 June.

    Date: 13 July 2020

    NHS England finally confirms abatement figure and sets out key NHS contractual issues


  • BDA adds support to concerns over impact on care home staff of new points-based immigration system

    The British Dental Association (BDA) has added its support to a letter from the Cavendish Coalition to the Prime Minister about concerns over the proposed points-based immigration system and potential impact on the social care sector.

    Date: 09 July 2020

    BDA adds support to concerns over impact on care home staff of new points-based immigration system


  • Vote for your ultimate dental book of the century

    The BDA Library is asking members to vote for their top 10 ultimate dental books over the last 100 years, as part of the Library's centenary celebrations.

    Date: 25 June 2020

    Vote for your ultimate dental book of the century


  • DFT applicants urged to check emails

    Final year students who have applied for a DFT place in England, Wales or Northern Ireland should ensure they check their emails and Oriel, as notifications of DFT place allocations should start to be issued now.

    Date: 11 June 2020

    DFT applicants urged to check emails


  • ​England dental practice owners' survey: Are you ready for 8 June?

    The BDA is surveying dental practice owners in England to investigate what challenges they are experiencing in getting ready for the potential resumption of face-to-face patient care from 8 June.

    Date: 01 June 2020

    ​England dental practice owners' survey: Are you ready for 8 June?


  • BDA Indemnity: Provision of cover for policyholders

    Information for BDA Indemnity policy holders concerned about the extent of their cover for a range of work, either in the practice, providing telephone triage or at urgent dental centres.

    Date: 28 May 2020

    BDA Indemnity: Provision of cover for policyholders


  • Resuming routine dental care: have your say

    The BDA is encouraging all members to give their views on the challenges and issues around resuming routine dental care, which will help make the case to government on what we need to ensure our patients can see their dentist again.

    Date: 22 May 2020

    Resuming routine dental care: have your say


  • Private dental care in England

    The easing of social distancing restrictions in England has focused attention on when and how dental care will be expanded.

    Date: 21 May 2020

    Private dental care in England


  • Take part: Study to assess impact of coronavirus on smoking, drinking and lifestyle

    The BDA is encouraging dentists to support a new collaborative study by UCL which assesses the impact of COVID-19 on the health behaviours that cause the majority of avoidable deaths in the UK, by sharing a survey with their patients.

    Date: 19 May 2020

    Take part: Study to assess impact of coronavirus on smoking, drinking and lifestyle


  • Recognising the contribution of the dentistry across the globe: #Dentistry24

    The BDA is encouraging dentists and dental team members across the globe to celebrate all things dentistry on social media on 24 May - join us using the hashtag #Dentistry24.

    Date: 18 May 2020

    Recognising the contribution of the dentistry across the globe: #Dentistry24


  • ​Share your experience: claiming on your business interruption cover

    The BDA is encouraging practice owners across the UK to share their experience of claiming on their business interruption cover during the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Date: 12 May 2020

    ​Share your experience: claiming on your business interruption cover


  • Finest Dental liquidation update

    The Finest Dental chain of dental practices ceased trading in early February 2020. Since then (regardless of the COVID-19 lockdown) their practices have been closed leaving patients and the associate dentists and other staff who worked at those practices in an uncertain situation.

    Date: 22 April 2020

    Finest Dental liquidation update