Policy

Reading the small print…

Today’s GDC registrants’ newsletter highlighted the findings of a recent case which included consideration of the adequacy of the registrant’s indemnity provision. The policy contained some exclusions relating to the transmission of blood-borne diseases. It was that exclusion that led the panel to conclude that the policy did not fulfil Standard 1.8 within the GDC Standards for the Dental Te... »

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 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,... »

A week is a long time in politics

A snap election raises very specific challenges for this profession. Certainly those of you expecting to join us at our conference in Manchester to hear Health Minister David Mowat outline the government’s priorities for oral health may be left disappointed. The unexpected outset of pre-election purdah means all such appearances have to be canned. Of course the impact goes far beyond speaking enga... »

See you later regulator

Like or loathe Tony Blair you can’t escape the fact that when he was the PM, he memorably claimed his priorities for government were ‘education, education, education.’ Similarly, when we asked dentists what their watchword is, they’ve been just as clear. It’s regulation, regulation, regulation. A recent analysis of the most extensive member research the BDA has undertaken in decades confirmed that... »

Now is the time to invest in children’s smiles in Wales

We’re asking our dentists to help spread the message about the detrimental impact sugar can have on patient’s teeth, and to help highlight the shocking state of oral health amongst some groups of children in Wales. The sugar levy is going to come into force in April 2018, across the UK. This will be a tax on soft drinks such as carbonated drinks, dilutables and still drinks that contain high level... »

Capita and Performers List: a dentist down the rabbit hole

I recently qualified as a dentist in the UK, spending thousands of pounds on applications, registration, exams, CPD and preparation courses to be able to work in the UK. However, I now find myself falling down a rabbit hole. After years of slog and sacrifice (and with the ongoing patience of my family), I finally thought, this is it, it’s my moment, and I’m able now to work as a dentist, doing wha... »

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... »

stress ball in fist

Workplace stress for dentists in Scotland: an undocumented problem?

The mental health of healthcare professionals is becoming a more often talked about issue in the news these days. However, in Scotland, we feel that dentists are often the forgotten profession when it comes to revealing the scale of the problem, and impact of the often stressful and frustrating environments we work in. Admitting you are feeling stressed is never an easy thing to do. But nearly all... »

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