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GDPC update: January 2017 meeting

The General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) met for its first full meeting of the year on 27 January. The Committee received a presentation from the Chair of COPDEND, Nicholas Taylor. Members also discussed the professional regulation and the GDC Shifting the Balance consultation, contract reform, issues with Capita and performer lists, an EU-wide phase down on amalgam, parental leave changes and... »

What’s socially-inclusive dentistry all about?

‘Socially-inclusive dentistry’, not a term you probably hear everyday, but perhaps we should be hearing about it more often. What is it all about? It’s about focusing on solutions for treating patients who might be experiencing social exclusion, such as the homeless, or the traveller communities, as well as sex-workers and vulnerable migrants – these groups are often very hard to reach and e... »

Sharing, learning, and getting engaged

I was honoured to elected Northern Ireland Branch President 2017 and am really looking forward to a great year for our Branch, with a packed programme of events to help you share, learn, and get engaged with your profession. The general theme for our CPD programme will be the management of the elderly patient and I have asked speakers from around the UK to contribute with lectures. As the demograp... »

Let them eat cake? Why sugar is a sweet problem for dentistry

So 2017 is upon us and with it a flurry of the evils of sugar have been highlighted in our national media: cake in the workplace, it’s a sweet problem for dentistry, according to the Royal College of Surgeons. With the detail of the workings of the sugar levy still to be revealed, an article in the Lancet Public Health Journal has pondered over the possible scenarios and the effects of such a levy... »

A road block for dentists and patients: Capita incompetence

It’s a bizarre world when hundreds of thousands of patients with dental problems are pitching up at A&E or seeing their GP, who are usually unable to treat these patients. We know there are hundreds of dentists who could ease this pressure if only they didn’t have to wait – in some cases for nearly seven months – to get a performer number which allows them to provide NHS services. ... »

Political turmoil in Northern Ireland a setback for dentistry

With the collapse of Northern Ireland’s power sharing Executive, the well-being of dentistry in Northern Ireland, is facing yet more setbacks. Recently, we had made some significant gains in getting our issues on the agenda and we had agreed a meeting with the Minister of Health and the Chair of the Health Committee. We’ve been raising the profile of the failure of the implementation of the modern... »

Toothache piling the pressure on A&E

Have you ever wondered how many patients are heading to A&E with dental problems? Well it turns out Health Ministers are not the ones to ask. Thanks to the team at Newcastle University’s Centre for Oral Health Research we now know that official figures could be under-estimating the number of attendees by a factor of 10. Their three-year study is revealing a systematic under-reporting of dental... »

Top ten most read BDA blogs of 2016

Just in case you missed them, here are our top ten most read blogs of the year, including opinions on oral health inequalities, dental contract reform, the crisis of rotten teeth, GDP incomes, NHS patient charges, teeth whitening and more. Our top ten most read blogs in 2016 were: Top tips for the journey ahead as a newly-qualified dentist – In November, Shaadi, a dental core trainee shared her ex... »

A busy year for young dentists and what lies ahead for 2017

This has been a busy year for young dentists, the Young Dentists Committee has been working on a range of issues that affect young dentists and we’ve been involved in events planning for 2017. One big theme we have been focusing on is the lack of clinical training for dental students. There is a perception amongst recent graduates that they have much less exposure to clinical scenarios. It’s... »

What does the hospital junior doctors contract mean for trainee dentists?

The recent hospital junior doctors contract negotiations have caused a lot of controversy in the popular press, but what rarely gets mentioned is the impact of these on hospital dentists. Here’s my view on what it might mean for those currently working or, considering a career in, hospital dentistry. The current outlook The current outlook for dental core training (DCT) and careers within secondar... »

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