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​New regulations for private dentistry in Wales: don't miss the deadline

18 October 2017

 

We are advising members who are doing any private dentistry in Wales, to submit their completed application to Health Inspectorate Wales (HIW) before the end of December 2017, to ensure they are complying with new regulations.

Changes made to the regulations in Wales means that all practices who do any private care, must register with HIW, with details being available on their website.

We are concerned that it may take HIW up to 16 weeks to process forms. HIW have said that all dental practices where any private dental care is provided 'must submit an application for registration by 31 March 2018, at the latest' and that dentists cannot continue to practice beyond this date, if the paperwork has not been processed.

We are currently asking for clarification on this – we feel it is unfair that dentists will be penalised if HIW cannot process the forms in good time.

Requirements include getting a DBS certificate for practising staff. All practising dentists should already have a DBS check, but HIW will not accept a DBS certificate that is over three years old, so we urge you to check this.

DBS checks are processed by the UK Government, and may take several weeks to get completed. You cannot process your HIW form without getting your DBS certificate first.

The HIW application form includes a requirement for the nominated person in the practice who is the 'Registered Manager' to detail the relevant experience and qualifications they have in management. Sole traders do need to have a Registered Manager.

We know that dentists often learn 'on the job', as well as through formal training. HIW advise that it is not enough just to state how long you have been a dentist.

We are working on producing some guidance for members that will help you comply with these new regulations.

 

BDA Wales

BDA Wales supports, represents and promotes the interests of all dentists in Wales. Working with elected committee members, we negotiate on behalf of the profession on terms and conditions, remuneration and contracts. As the voice of the profession, we campaign on issues affecting dentistry and oral health in Wales.