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  • New national data opt-out: are you ready?

    The Government is introducing a new national data-opt out from 25 May 2018, which means patients will be offered a choice about how their information is used for research and planning of NHS and care services in England.

    Date: 18 April 2018

    New national data opt-out: are you ready?


  • New sugary drinks tax is an excellent first step says BDA

    The BDA has welcomed the introduction of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (sugary drinks tax), which comes into force today in England.

    Date: 06 April 2018

    New sugary drinks tax is an excellent first step says BDA


  • Scottish Government to launch new annual expenses exercise for GDPs

    BDA Scotland has urged members to get involved in a new annual expenses exercise from the Scottish Government.

    Date: 05 April 2018

    Scottish Government to launch new annual expenses exercise for GDPs


  • HMRC letters to associate dentists over employment status

    We are aware that Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has written recently to a number of associate dentists indicating that they are reviewing the employment status of associates.

    Date: 28 March 2018

    HMRC letters to associate dentists over employment status


  • EHRC and workplace harassment – action required

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) today emailed dentists in England following high profile cases of bullying and harassment in Hollywood and Westminster.

    Date: 14 March 2018

    EHRC and workplace harassment – action required


  • New resources to help dentists support No Smoking Day

    Dentists are encouraged to take part in helping to promote No Smoking Day on Wednesday 14 March, and make use of some new free resources from Public Health England.

    Date: 14 March 2018

    New resources to help dentists support No Smoking Day


  • Issue with Elements Obturation Unit with Buchanan Heat Pluggers

    Dentists have been alerted that the Sybron Endo Corporation have issued an initial voluntary medical device recall for the Buchanan Heat Pluggers, ONLY when used with the Elements Obturation Unit (EOU).

    Date: 13 March 2018

    Issue with Elements Obturation Unit with Buchanan Heat Pluggers


  • Help promote good oral hygiene tips this World Oral Health Day

    The BDA is encouraging dentists to fly the flag for World Oral Health Day on Tuesday 20 March by helping to promote positive oral health messages to patients.

    Date: 12 March 2018

    Help promote good oral hygiene tips this World Oral Health Day


  • Women in Dentistry – Live Q&A for International Women's Day

    To mark International Women's Day this Thursday the BDA is giving current and future dental professionals the chance to chat live with a panel of female dentists and advisers.

    Date: 06 March 2018

    Women in Dentistry – Live Q&A for International Women's Day


  • New regulations for dentists in Northern Ireland using x-ray equipment

    We have been notified by the Health and Safety Executive in Northern Ireland (HSENI) that all dentists using x-ray generations in the country, must register under the new regulations.

    Date: 05 March 2018

    New regulations for dentists in Northern Ireland using x-ray equipment


  • Dentists alerted to problems with suction hoses for XO CARE XO-4 and XO FLEX units

    Dentists have been alerted to a newly identified situation regarding suction hoses for the XO CARE XO-4 and XO FLEX Units.

    Date: 02 March 2018

    Dentists alerted to problems with suction hoses for XO CARE XO-4 and XO FLEX units


  • ​Scotland Oral Health Improvement Plan: have your say

    BDA Scotland is currently seeking the views of dentists on the Scottish Government’s recently published Oral Health Improvement Plan (OHIP)

    Date: 01 March 2018

    ​Scotland Oral Health Improvement Plan: have your say


  • Snow disruption and practice closures

    Advice for when you are in a position where it is not practical to open your practice due to the weather conditions.

    Date: 28 February 2018

    Snow disruption and practice closures


  • Information Governance Toolkit - publishing deadline approaching

    Practices will have recently received an email reminder from NHS Digital about the deadline for publishing this year's Information Governance toolkit.

    Date: 27 February 2018

    Information Governance Toolkit - publishing deadline approaching


  • PHE survey of adults attending dental practices: please take part

    Dental practices are encouraged to take part in a Public Health England dental practice-based survey of adult oral health status and need in England.

    Date: 27 February 2018

    PHE survey of adults attending dental practices: please take part


  • New BDA Young Dentists Committee meets

    The first meeting of the new Young Dentists Committee took place on Thursday 22 February and welcomed new and returning members, who will be steering BDA's direction and strategy for the next three years.

    Date: 23 February 2018

    New BDA Young Dentists Committee meets


  • 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