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... »

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... »

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Teeth whitening top tips

Does reading the headline “Man has been fined for illegal whitening”, sound familiar? It seems teeth whitening has been getting a lot of negative press of late, but we continue to assert that only dentists (or those who are working under a prescription from a dentist) may do tooth whitening. The run up to Christmas does seem a time when more patients are requesting teeth whitening, just ahead of t... »

Fear is not an option: what the PSA report means for young dentists

You may or may not have heard about the annual PSA (Professional Standards Authority) report on the General Dental Council (GDC) which was released recently. Suffice it to say the previous report was not exactly complimentary to our regulator – that will be no surprise to anyone reading this. Since 2015 the GDC has been charging dentists the highest registration fee out of all the healthcare... »

Dental contract reform: an update on prototypes

You’ll probably be aware by now that, across England, contract reform prototypes have been up and running; 82 prototypes started at the beginning of the year and all were on the new contract by 1 April 2016. Of these, three are salaried services, 58 had previously been pilots and 21 are practices coming straight from UDAs. It is going to be particularly important to see how that final group of 21 ... »

Is your practice safe and compliant?

Does the word ‘compliance’ leave you in a cold sweat? Don’t panic, we can help you. Come along to our ‘Running a safe and compliant practice’ course (17 March) and we’ll take the stress out of regulation. You can always book your place now for Friday 17 March 2017. The system of regulation for dentistry in the UK is complex and often confusing. Do you know all,o... »

Patients are the ones who suffer when dentists try to ‘make it work’

From a personal perspective, the 2006 contract penalises me financially when I take over the care of a patient with high needs. The greater the need, the higher the cost to my business. I feel this is unfair to me as a professional and unfair for my patients. Also the nature of the “course of treatment” means that I am pretty much obliged to do any and all treatment regardless of my ab... »

CQC inspection feedback, guidance materials and webinar

After each inspection, dentists are asked to complete a “post inspection” survey. These views – positive or negative – are not read by the inspector, only the evaluation team, so you can be as candid as you like; it will all help the CQC to improve their inspection approach. You can also comment on the guidance material it has produced, designed to help dentists and their staff understand how the ... »

CQC Annual Provider Survey: do you recognise yourself in the results?

For the past few years, the CQC has run an annual survey, which it uses to ascertain the levels of “understanding, knowledge, and opinion of providers” in relation to its approach to regulation. Some of the figures in the reports are, frankly, quite surprising given the perceived animosity towards the CQC since it started registering practices in 2011. Of the 1,592 respondents, 548 (or 34%) were d... »

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