Opinion

NHS dentistry in Wales: Where does the clawback money go?

New investment in NHS dentistry in Wales is welcome, but how does it square with up with the money lost from clawback? Katrina Clarke, Chair of the BDA’s Welsh General Dental Practice Committee, looks behind the headlines. The BDA’s response to the recent announcement by the Welsh Government Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, that £1.3m would be invested in NHS dentistry, was sceptical... »

Motivated by my patients and the people I have met

As part of our We are dentistry campaign, Shaila Patel-Buxton, shares her journey that brought her to working as an in-house dentist at a law firm and volunteering in Burma. I have been working as an associate for Bupa, and my current role is working as in-house dentist for international law firm Allen & Overy LLp. We look after their lawyers and support staff who work in a very demanding envi... »

Finding a rewarding career in dentistry

As part of our We are dentistry campaign, Rima Sadhia Hussain talks about the enjoyment of patient interaction from working in dentistry. I’m currently doing my vocational training with the North East London Deanery, and I am working as a General Dental Practitioner. I really enjoy working as part of a large team and every day is a great learning opportunity. I absolutely love going to CPD e... »

Proud to be part of the profession

As part of our We are dentistry campaign, Mark Woodger, shares his experience of working in NHS dentistry. I’m a partner in an NHS dental practice and I’m also secretary of my Local Dental Committee (LDC). My day job is heading up a team, running a busy NHS dental practice with three dentists and two therapists. In addition to working at the practice, I engage with NHS England to help improve serv... »

Using my dental skills to help others: volunteering in Argentina

Ellen Johnson is the current President of Sheffield University Dental Students Society. She shares what it’s like to give up her time to volunteer to help disadvantaged children in Argentina with charity Todos Juntos. How much charity work have you done since being accepted to study dentistry? So often when applying, you go above and beyond to volunteer and help charities, then once you’ve g... »

The one per cent solution

Every NHS dentist in Britain has felt the impact of the public sector pay cap. Now, after seven years we could be seeing some progress. Ahead of the Queen’s Speech, together with representatives of over a million NHS staff, we told the Prime Minister it was time for a change in direction. Our calls went unheeded, but we are keeping up the pressure. And this week we’ve joined again with our colleag... »

Homelessness and oral health: a neglected issue

Dental problems are widespread among people experiencing homelessness – and in many cases they may be preventing people from escaping lives of poverty and addiction. My name is Rob and I’m one of the peer researchers involved in Groundswell’s Healthy Mouths Health Audit. We spoke to over 260 homeless people from across London about their oral health, including people who are street homeless, in ho... »

What devolution in Manchester means to me

Greater Manchester is home to a bold experiment. Since 1 April last year, a £6 billion Health and Social Care budget has been devolved to the region and all of us at senior level have responsibility for helping to achieve the fastest possible improvement in the health and well-being of the 2.8 million who live here. Improving children’s oral health: we have our work cut out The process has b... »

Do female dentists earn less than their male counterparts?

We know there are more women working in dentistry today than ever, but do we know if there is true equality in terms of pay? We decided to take a look at the current available evidence, and ask what this means for the future of the profession. Women in dentistry on the rise Since the first UK female dentist (Lilian Lindsay) qualified in 1895, the number of women in dentistry has been increasing ye... »

What does the UK election mean for young dentists?

Elections seem to be en vogue right now. It’s not long since we had a general election, there has been an independence vote in Scotland, and also the now ‘infamous’ Brexit vote in the UK. The Americans have had theirs too, and France is due to have the second round of their presidential vote. And now, to top it, off we’ve got our own snap UK general election, announced to take place on 8 June. So,... »

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