• Update for dentists in Scotland: premises revaluation and more

    The Scottish Government has announced that is currently tendering to conduct a practice premises revaluation exercise to look at the reimbursement of practice rental costs in April 2018.

    Date: 19 September 2017

    Update for dentists in Scotland: premises revaluation and more


  • ​Young dentist honoured in Northern Ireland: Laura McGlew

    Young dentist, Laura McGlew was presented with her prize as runner-up in the DFT case presentation for 2016/17, at a recent BDA Northern Ireland Branch meeting.

    Date: 19 September 2017

    ​Young dentist honoured in Northern Ireland: Laura McGlew


  • MPs demand Government action on NHS dentistry

    On Tuesday 12 September MP for Bradford South Judith Cummins lead a House of Commons debate on access to NHS dentistry.

    Date: 15 September 2017

    MPs demand Government action on NHS dentistry


  • Dental foundation training applications now open

    The application process for dental foundation training places in 2018 opened on 21 August 2017. The timescales for the process are published on the COPDEND website.

    Date: 05 September 2017

    Dental foundation training applications now open


  • BDA elections 2017: online Q&A session

    The BDA's elections for 2017 are gearing up to open on Friday 22 September. If you are interested in standing for the BDA's Board (known as the Principal Executive Committee), you can join us by telephone or online to ask our experts your questions, on Friday 8 September at 12.30 noon.

    Date: 05 September 2017

    BDA elections 2017: online Q&A session


  • Updated guide on conscious sedation for dentistry in Scotland

    Updated guidance is now available from the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) in the third edition of Conscious Sedation in Dentistry guidance.

    Date: 16 August 2017

    Updated guide on conscious sedation for dentistry in Scotland


  • Reminder for new FDs to apply for Performers' List

    All new graduates who have recently been allocated to a dental foundation training post in England or Wales starting on 1 September this year, must apply before that date to be included on the national dental performers list.

    Date: 09 August 2017

    Reminder for new FDs to apply for Performers' List


  • New resource to encourage optimal prescribing for antibiotics in dentistry

    A new resource providing information on dental prescribing patterns in dentistry has been developed by the Business Services Authority, in collaboration with Public Health England's Dental ESPAUR Subgroup, on which the BDA sits.

    Date: 08 August 2017

    New resource to encourage optimal prescribing for antibiotics in dentistry


  • Proposed change in State Pension age will affect dentists

    The UK Government has announced its intention to bring forward a rise in the State Pension Age to 68, which could mean those who are currently aged 39-47 may have to wait up to one year more before receiving the state pension.

    Date: 02 August 2017

    Proposed change in State Pension age will affect dentists


  • Dental partnerships and limited company practices in England: do you have a registered manager?

    The BDA is reminding dentists who operate as a partnership or a limited company in England, that they must have an officially-recognised registered manager, to be compliant with Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulations

    Date: 24 July 2017

    Dental partnerships and limited company practices in England: do you have a registered manager?


  • DCPs reminded to declare indemnity and renew registration by 31 July 2017

    Dental Care Professionals must ensure they have paid their Annual Retention Fee and made their indemnity declaration by the end of this month.

    Date: 19 July 2017

    DCPs reminded to declare indemnity and renew registration by 31 July 2017


  • ​BDA lobbying highlights shortage of dental hospital specialists in Scotland

    Following BDA Scotland lobbying work to highlight the shortage of dental hospital specialists and unfilled vacancies in the country, National Services Scotland have announced they will do a national review of oral medicine services.

    Date: 19 July 2017

    ​BDA lobbying highlights shortage of dental hospital specialists in Scotland


  • More occupational health services needed to combat stress levels

    The BDA is calling on Scottish Government to implement changes and support investment in occupational health services for general dental practitioners and dental care professionals, to help combat the issue of stress in the profession.

    Date: 19 July 2017

    More occupational health services needed to combat stress levels


  • BDA Northern Ireland Director bids farewell

    Claudette Christie stepped down from her position as BDA Northern Ireland Director on 23 June, after 16 years of service with the BDA.

    Date: 19 July 2017

    BDA Northern Ireland Director bids farewell


  • ​Public Health England new survey of adults attending general dental practice

    Public Health England plans to carry out a voluntary dental practice-based survey of adult oral health status and need in England from October 2017.

    Date: 12 July 2017

    ​Public Health England new survey of adults attending general dental practice


  • London Assembly calls on the Mayor to act to tackle children's tooth decay in London

    In a plenary session yesterday the London Assembly debated a motion tabled by Andrew Dismore AM and Dr Onkar Sahota, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, on the issue of children's oral health in London.

    Date: 07 July 2017

    London Assembly calls on the Mayor to act to tackle children's tooth decay in London


  • Young dentist Luisa Ramirez wins BDA John McLean Prize

    Young dentist Luisa Ramirez, a graduate from King's College London Dental Institute has been awarded the prestigious John McLean Prize.

    Date: 21 June 2017

    Young dentist Luisa Ramirez wins BDA John McLean Prize


  • Dentistry recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours

    Five dentists have received awards in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours' list.

    Date: 19 June 2017

    Dentistry recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours


  • GDC re-registration period for DCPs begins today

    The window for dental care professionals (DCPs) to renew their registration with the GDC is now open.

    Date: 16 June 2017

    GDC re-registration period for DCPs begins today


  • Oral health in the under-5s – New PHE resource for health professionals

    Public Health England has this week published a new resource for health professionals focusing on the oral health of children under five.

    Date: 15 June 2017

    Oral health in the under-5s – New PHE resource for health professionals


  • Private dental practices in Wales: have you registered with HIW?

    Private dentists working in Wales are reminded that their practices must be registered with Healthcare Inspectorate Wales to provide dental care, following changes to the regulations earlier this year.

    Date: 14 June 2017

    Private dental practices in Wales: have you registered with HIW?


  • Annual Conference of Local Dental Committees 2017

    Twenty-six topics were debated at the Local Dental Committees Annual Conference in Birmingham (8-9 June), which was attended by 161 LDC representatives and 27 from the BDA's General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC).

    Date: 12 June 2017

    Annual Conference of Local Dental Committees 2017


  • BDA general dental practice survey – share your experiences

    The BDA is calling on dentists to give their experience of working in general practice across the UK, to help inform our yearly submission to the Government's review body on dentists' pay.

    Date: 08 June 2017

    BDA general dental practice survey – share your experiences


  • British Dental Conference and Exhibition 2017: in pictures

    See our round-up of the British Dental Conference and Exhibition 2017 in pictures.

    Date: 05 June 2017

    British Dental Conference and Exhibition 2017: in pictures


  • Support National Smile Month 2017

    The BDA is encouraging dentists to support National Smile Month this May to June, a campaign run by the Oral Health Foundation to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health.

    Date: 05 June 2017

    Support National Smile Month 2017


  • ​Celebrating Good Practice: British Dental Conference & Exhibition 2017

    BDA Good Practice members gathered to celebrate their achievements at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition 2017 on Saturday 27 May.

    Date: 02 June 2017

    ​Celebrating Good Practice: British Dental Conference & Exhibition 2017


  • Rare problems with Philips HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrillator

    Dentists have been alerted that, in rare circumstances, the Philips HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrillator may not work correctly.

    Date: 24 May 2017

    Rare problems with Philips HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrillator


  • Update on the British Dental Conference and Exhibition

    The BDA has informed delegates that the British Dental Conference and Exhibition will be going ahead as planned following the tragic events which took place at the Manchester Arena.

    Date: 23 May 2017

    Update on the British Dental Conference and Exhibition


  • BDA fight Capita proposals, urge providers to respond by 31 May

    NHS England Area Teams have written to providers about financial year-end, setting out how they propose to address underperformance that has arisen as a result of Performers List delays.

    Date: 22 May 2017

    BDA fight Capita proposals, urge providers to respond by 31 May


  • Dentists alerted to potentially serious problems with LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillators

    Dentists have been alerted to possible problems relating to the readiness of LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillators.

    Date: 19 May 2017

    Dentists alerted to potentially serious problems with LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillators


  • Compass system now functioning for performers to be added to NHS contracts

    The ability to add and remove performers to and from NHS contracts on the Business Service Organisation's Compass system is now live.

    Date: 15 May 2017

    Compass system now functioning for performers to be added to NHS contracts


  • Free online lecture for young dentists on managing oral surgery

    The BDA is offering a free online lecture on 'Managing oral surgery patients in primary care settings' for young dentists, including 45 minutes of verifiable CPD.

    Date: 21 April 2017

    Free online lecture for young dentists on managing oral surgery


  • ​Free training on suicide prevention for dental teams in Northern Ireland

    The Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency are now offering their SafeTALK course free for all members of the dental team.

    Date: 18 April 2017

    ​Free training on suicide prevention for dental teams in Northern Ireland


  • ​Win a one-day British Dental Conference and Exhibition pass

    The British Dental Conference and Exhibition is taking place in Manchester from 25-27 May 2017, and we are offering you the chance to win a one-day free pass.

    Date: 10 April 2017

    ​Win a one-day British Dental Conference and Exhibition pass


  • ​'Designed to Smile' refocus welcomed by dentists but greater investment still needed

    BDA Wales welcomes Welsh Government's plans to re-focus the 'Designed to Smile' programme, which will now aim to help keep children decay free up to the age of five.

    Date: 05 April 2017

    ​'Designed to Smile' refocus welcomed by dentists but greater investment still needed


  • Have you updated your NHS Choices profile?

    We are advising dentists in England to update their NHS Choices profile page, as this is a popular platform used by patients to find a dentist.

    Date: 05 April 2017

    Have you updated your NHS Choices profile?


  • Lords stress dentists' role in the fight against oral cancer

    The House of Lords held a debate on the cost of alcohol abuse to the NHS and ways of reducing the burden it places on our health service.

    Date: 31 March 2017

    Lords stress dentists' role in the fight against oral cancer


  • Taking initiative: Women in dentistry event at King's

    A King's Women in Dentistry Society event, 'Taking initiative', took place on 28 March 2017 to offer support and advice to student dentists on getting ahead in their careers.

    Date: 29 March 2017

    Taking initiative: Women in dentistry event at King's


  • ​Compass UDA activity problems

    Members are reporting that Compass portal activity figures have not been updating during the last two weeks of the 2016/17 financial year

    Date: 29 March 2017

    ​Compass UDA activity problems


  • PHE updates Oral Health Toolkit

    Public Health England has updated the Delivering Better Oral Health toolkit to include new patient factsheets and new guidance on alcohol and nutrition.

    Date: 27 March 2017

    PHE updates Oral Health Toolkit