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The BDA is doing everything in its power on the issues that matter to you. Whether you are in private, mixed or NHS practice, our priority is the safety of you, your team and your patients and the financial sustainability of your practice. I am regularly adding to this page to keep you updated on what we are doing across the UK.

Martin Woodrow
Chief Executive



Wednesday 8 February 2023


Scotland: Without reform broken system will go from crisis to collapse


We are heartened by the depth of support from MSPs from across the political divide today, as the Scottish Parliament tackled NHS dentistry.

Scottish Lib Dem Leader Alex Cole-Hamilton tabled a motion calling on the Scottish Government to declare a 'crisis' in dentistry. Predictably, Ministers responded with an amendment removing the 'c' word.


There's no question this service faces crisis. Bridging payments have been extended, but the question now is whether come 31 October we'll see reform.

Failure here will take us from crisis to collapse. We are asking Scottish GDPs to share their views in a 5-minute survey.




Northern Ireland: BSO portal EDI issue resolved   


General Dental Practitioners in Northern Ireland will welcome the news that the technical issue within the Business Services Organisation payment system has now been resolved after practitioners received notification of problems with EDI claim submissions being made online.

The Strategic Planning and Performance Group (SPPG) have informed practitioners that unfortunately, it will be necessary to resubmit all claims made between 12:01am on 1 February 2023 and 5:05pm on 7 February 2023. To allow sufficient time for all relevant claims to be transmitted to BSO, the deadline for submissions has been extended to 5pm on Monday 13 February 2023. This is the latest date it is possible for BSO to receive the claims and still meet the February schedule run.

The SPPG's Michael Donaldson advises that "Before beginning the process of resubmitting claims, it is essential that you follow the advice of your software provider in relation to the steps to be taken. Failure to follow the recommended steps for your specific practice software system may result in delayed payment of claims and the need to re-input information onto your systems. We have communicated with all the software system providers that supply NI dental practices and they are aware of the importance of providing accurate advice to their clients. If you were transmitting forms in the above period and your practice uses an automated EDI feature, please be mindful that there are likely to be multiple form bundles that have failed. We would recommend that you speak to your software provider to establish the appropriate approach you should use to deal with this particular issue."


Scotland: Bridging payment extended.  


The Scottish Government has heeded our call and extended the NHS bridging payment to 31 October 2023.


We remain clear a sustainable model must be in place by the autumn, otherwise this will only delay the inevitable. 


A debate on the crisis in the service is set to take place in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon. A broken system requires real reform, and there can be no more kicking the can down the road.




England: Understanding NHS rules event


We're holding an interactive training course on Friday 17 March at 64 Wimpole Street, London helping associates, practice owners and practice managers gain an understanding of the grey areas in NHS regulations. We'll also explore moving your practice into a profitable mixed offer.


Join us from 09:30 – 16:30 as we cover:

  • Your obligations/ responsibilities under the NHS contract as an associate, practice owner or manager
  • The legislation behind NHS treatments and claims 
  • How legalisation is enforced relating to NHS/private boundaries and submission of forms and data 
  • How dentists are monitored by use of data derived from FP17s
  • The Dental Assurance Framework and how the NHS BSA risk manage practices, and more.

 This event will discuss arrangements for England only.

Tuesday 7 February 2023


Medical emergency posters

We have recently heard from members receiving feedback regarding old medical emergencies posters on display during routine practice inspections. The most recent version of the poster should be displayed in your practice and was updated in 2020 to include notification around sepsis issues.

Our advice section on patient care has copies of the most up to date posters for emergency drugs and medical emergencies for you to download, print and display in your practice.

Members can find posters and a wide range of other useful resources on the advice area of our website to help you be compliant with all the latest requirements ahead of any inspections and it also has useful patient information on a number of frequently asked issues.

Monday 6 February 2023


Cost of living pressure fuelling oral health crisis in schools


Today we've joined with hygiene charity Beauty Banks to launch damning new research on the impact poverty is having in classrooms across the country.


1 in 4 UK secondary school teachers surveyed report they are now handing out the basics – toothbrushes and toothpaste – to their pupils. 40% noted oral hygiene issues leading to students being socially excluded by their peers.


Cost of living pressures and ongoing access problems now represent a perfect storm for children's oral health. As one assistant head teacher in South East London told us "some students are still wearing Covid masks to hide their mouths."


We are delighted to support Beauty Banks' campaign to raise awareness of hygiene poverty and are continuing to press government to deliver urgent change in NHS dentistry.  




Webinar: Record keeping

Book your place for our upcoming webinar covering the essential do's and don'ts in record keeping. It will take place this Friday, 10 February from 09:25 - 12:30.  

This live online workshop aims to provide you with an interactive review of clinical record keeping, balancing up the time it takes to make good, comprehensive and contemporaneous notes with the practical realities of treating patients in practice.

You will find out how to implement effective processes which can be followed, with confidence, by the whole dental team.

By attending the live session and completing the post-event engagement and evaluation survey, you can qualify for 2hrs 45 mins of CPD. 


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In June dental practices in England reopened, however PPE shortages, cash flow and childcare made the return difficult for many. Non-AGP care resumed in Scotland, as private practices began to re-open. Wales and Northern Ireland also saw an expansion of care, as restrictions were slowly lifted across the country.


We launched a toolkit for returning to face-to-face care to help our members re-open safely and efficiently. Over 6,000 members downloaded it in the first day for advice on issues such as social distancing in practice, PPE, fit-testing and employment issues.


We presented evidence of the catastrophic impact of the pandemic on dentistry to the House of Commons' Health select Committee, and pushed for clarify on financial support in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. We also secured widespread media coverage for dentists' concerns.


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In May, as lockdown continued and death rates fell, we helped members prepare for the re-opening of dental practices.


In England it was announced that practices could re-open from 8 June, in contrast to the phased re-opening announced In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We developed a risk assessment tool and advised members on how to return-to-work safely and efficiently.


We also took action on business interruption cover by engaging the law firm Brown Rudnick LLP for legal advice on insurers not paying insurance claims made by dentists during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Our campaigns for PPE and financial support made progress, but government continued to drag its feet in supporting self-employed and private dentists, so we continued to push on your behalf at a national and regional level.


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Coronavirus cases continued to rise in April, with the death-toll surpassing 10,000 by Easter weekend. Urgent dental centres (UDCs) were set up across the country. Shortages of PPE for frontline health care workers resulted in delays, particularly in England.


We fought to support members and petition the government on issues ranging from PPE availability, to the financial sustainability of dentistry. We pushed MPs and secured widespread media coverage on these issues. Our campaign for private practices garnered cross-party support with 101 MPs signing our letter calling on the government to consider the plight of dentists. Dentists across the UK volunteered to help the response and were redeployed across NHS services.  


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In March 2020 we saw a radical departure from normal life in the UK. The COVID-19 outbreak led to schools, restaurants and bars being closed and unprecedented restrictions were placed on dental treatment.  


From the start, we demanded the Government confirm a financial support strategy for the dental sector. Chancellor Rishi Sunak pledged furloughing, loans and cash grants. But we sought clarity on support for NHS and mixed practices and we consistently pushed for Government to extend support to self-employed dentists and private practices. 


Wales became the first UK country to move to red alert status, which saw restrictions to all routine care and plans to open urgent dental centres (UDCs) announced. Scotland and Northern Ireland soon followed, however, there were delays in England, which we took directly to the Minister.  


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