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  • BDA board election results – 2021-23

    The results for the BDA board elections for the 2021-23 triennium are now in.

    Date: 27 November 2020

    BDA board election results – 2021-23


  • NHS Charges: Set the record straight

    Patient charges in England will rise by 5% on 14 December 2020. If you treat NHS patients, we want to help you set the record straight on who benefits from this increase.

    Date: 27 November 2020

    NHS Charges: Set the record straight


  • MPs debate dentistry, access and ventilation

    Yesterday, the House of Commons held a debate on "Access to NHS dentistry and oral health inequalities". The debate was secured by Judith Cummins MP, our long-standing ally in Parliament and the Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dentistry and Oral Health.

    Date: 26 November 2020

    MPs debate dentistry, access and ventilation


  • Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise finalist in NHS Parliamentary Awards

    The BDA welcomes news that Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise (PDSE) has been recognised as the South West Regional Winner in the Health Equalities Award category of the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2020 for its successful Community Clinic, which supports vulnerable patients who are experiencing homelessness in Plymouth.

    Date: 24 November 2020

    Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise finalist in NHS Parliamentary Awards


  • Raise awareness during Mouth Cancer Action Month

    We are encouraging dentists and teams to support the Mouth Cancer Action campaign during November, by raising awareness of oral cancers with your patients.

    Date: 20 November 2020

    Raise awareness during Mouth Cancer Action Month


  • Dentists: Vote now in the BDA board elections

    Six seats on the BDA’s board are now up for election. This year, 14 candidates are standing for the four regional seats, and 34 candidates for the two UK-wide seats available.

    Date: 05 November 2020

    Dentists: Vote now in the BDA board elections


  • Scotland: November will not mark a return to normal dental services

    This week we have reiterated our warning that the resumption of the ‘full range’ of NHS treatments in Scotland must not be perceived as a return to routine care.

    Date: 04 November 2020

    Scotland: November will not mark a return to normal dental services


  • England: Dental services set to continue in second lockdown

    Dental services will remain open throughout the current national lockdown, and the public health measures announced by the Prime Minister on Saturday will permit travel for access to dental care, NHS England confirmed earlier this week.

    Date: 04 November 2020

    England: Dental services set to continue in second lockdown


  • Northern Ireland: Update on clinical audit and peer reviews

    We'd like to remind practitioners in Northern Ireland that they can continue to undertake clinical audit and peer review sessions online. Both clinical audit and peer review are accepted as verifiable Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and are payable under the SDR.

    Date: 28 October 2020

    Northern Ireland: Update on clinical audit and peer reviews


  • England: Revised SOPs see changes to masks and fallow time

    NHS England has issued revised Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for dentistry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Date: 27 October 2020

    England: Revised SOPs see changes to masks and fallow time


  • Northern Ireland: Revised operational guidance issued

    Revised operational guidance has been published following the SDCEP rapid review of COVID-19 and aerosol-generating procedures. Acting Chief Dental Officer, Michael Donaldson, has written to the profession to outline the changes made.

    Date: 22 October 2020

    Northern Ireland: Revised operational guidance issued


  • Access your nhs.net account before 31 October

    Dentists are asked to make sure that you access your NHS.net email address before the end of October 2020. From the end of October, any email addresses that have not been accessed in the last 90 days (excluding the new practice email addresses) will be deleted.

    Date: 22 October 2020

    Access your nhs.net account before 31 October


  • Could you be our new scientific advisor?

    The BDA is seeking to appoint a dentist as a new scientific advisor to be a lead media spokesperson, brief our board on dental health and science issues and act as a scientific advisor to the British Dental Journal.

    Date: 19 October 2020

    Could you be our new scientific advisor?


  • ​England: Contract uplifts confirmed

    Following consultation with the BDA, the Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed that contracts will be uplifted by 2.5 per cent in England. The uplift will be paid in November and backdated to 1 April.

    Date: 15 October 2020

    ​England: Contract uplifts confirmed


  • Free PPE for NHS providers

    Members are reminded that PPE is available to NHS providers and orderable every seven days via the PPE portal.

    Date: 15 October 2020

    Free PPE for NHS providers


  • Scotland: Concerns about remobilisation

    We’re concerned about the way in which remobilisation of NHS dental services are taking place in Scotland, and we’ve made our views clear to government.

    Date: 14 October 2020

    Scotland: Concerns about remobilisation


  • Four people in dentistry honoured in the Queen’s Birthday list

    Four people in dentistry have had their achievements recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours: Derek J Maguire OBE, Professor Helen Dawn Rodd MBE, Professor Matthew R Walters MBE and Professor Simon Paul Wright MBE.

    Date: 12 October 2020

    Four people in dentistry honoured in the Queen’s Birthday list


  • Northern Ireland: Making the case for dentistry

    Once again, we've made your case to the Northern Ireland Assembly Health Committee, outlining how and why dentistry needs serious commitment from Government in our written submission.

    Date: 08 October 2020

    Northern Ireland: Making the case for dentistry


  • Pensions: Dentists called to take part in consultation

    We are asking dentists to take part in the NHS pension scheme consultation process.

    Date: 07 October 2020

    Pensions: Dentists called to take part in consultation


  • Nominations close for BDA board elections this Friday

    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: 30 September 2020

    Nominations close for BDA board elections this Friday


  • 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


  • 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