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12th August 2020Dental technologist renewals to the dental care professionals (DCP) register - August 2020

The GDC have today released the figures following the completion of the 2020 dental care professional (DCP) annual renewal fee collection.

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The GDC report a small increase in overall DCP registrations. The DTA have specifically compared the dental technician figures to 2019 and this shows a 3% decline in registrants. This figure is similar, although slightly higher than the 2% decline from 2018 to 2019.

 

What this does not show is how many GDC registered dental technicians may have recently been made redundant due dental laboratory closures or restructuring as a result of COVID-19, yet paid the Annual Retention Fee to remain on the GDC register. 

 

The DTA contacted the GDC requesting financial support options in advance of the GDC Annual Retention Fee and highlighted the financial difficulties that some of the membership have been reporting whilst expressing the rising concern that our profession will lose more highly skilled dental technicians due to dental laboratory closures and redundancies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

It is encouraging however to see the steady rise in Clinical Dental Technician registrants which has increased by 2% over the 12-month period.

 

View the GDC August 2020 Report:

https://www.gdc-uk.org/docs/default-source/registration-reports/reg-report-august-2020.pdf?sfvrsn=2748c5b3_4

 

The GDC have also published a news article that summarises the DCP numbers and removals.
https://www.gdc-uk.org/news-blogs/news/detail/2020/08/12/renewals-to-the-dental-care-professionals-register---august-2020

 

 

3rd August 2020Fallow time during COVID-19

Sara Hurley led a discussion on fallow time as a result of COVID-19 during the CDO England online workshops attended by Tony Griffin on behalf of the DTA.

 

The fallow period is the ‘time necessary for clearance of infectious aerosols after a procedure before decontamination of the surgery can begin’ (FGDP, 2020).

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Clinicians carry out Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGP) during which aerosols large enough to house the COVID-19 causing microorganisms (Sars-Cov-2) and are likely to have travelled to various surfaces in the dental room. Fallow time is required for the aerosols to settle before cleaning can commence.

 

Currently, dental practices in England are instructed to allow for a 60-minute fallow period following an aerosol generating procedure and before re-entering the room to clean for the next patient.

 

What does this mean for the dental laboratory? The 60-minute fallow time significantly reduces the number of appointments a clinician can offer to patients, and therefore also reduces the amount of work a dental laboratory will likely receive.

 

During the online meeting, concerns were raised with the CDO surrounding ways to be economic, the work speeds being adopted and the need for a standard and simple way of calculating how much fallow time is required when using different support systems.

 

The British Dental Association (BDA) and the British Association of Private Dentistry (BAPD) have both released statements questioning the length of fallow time imposed. BAPD group are calling for a reduction in the fallow time to 30 minutes for AGPs and no time for non-AGPs in their letter to Public Health England. The BDA website is currently offline. 

 

1st August 2020Starting your new year of CPD

Your 2019–2020 CPD cycle year has now come to an end and you are required to submit a statement to the GDC by 28 August 2020, if you haven’t done so already. You don’t need to submit your records, but you do need to keep them safe just in case the GDC asks for your actual evidence. If you have any problems, contact the GDC immediately on its helpline 020 7167 6000 or by email renewal@gdc-uk.org. Continue readning for steps to starting your new year of CPD.

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Here are some steps to starting your new year of CPD:

  1. Download and file your 2019/2020 logbook and CPD certificates and save a copy to your computer. You could also print and file a copy.
  2. Update and add to your personal development plan for the year ahead.
  3. Start taking CPD for your new 2020/2021 cycle year.

Start your new cycle year with the August issue of The Technologist with over 5 hours of CPD articles including:

  • Infection control: dental technology in the time of COVID-19
  • Denture adhesives– a round-up
  • Digital and AI in dentistry
  • Back to basics: an introduction to model making
  • HR facts: that’s not acceptable!

 

31st July 2020BDA Website Offline

The DTA has received notification from the BDA that their website was hacked on 30 July 2020 and is currently offline.

 

Martin Woodrow, BDA Chief Executive warns:

 

"Please be vigilant. Be cautious of suspicious emails. Be cautious of callers from anyone claiming to be from your bank, utilities providers or even anyone claiming to be from the BDA. Legitimate callers will not ask you to reveal your card or bank details. Whilst we work to get our website up and running, we will continue to share important information via email and on our social media channels."

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31st July 2020BDIA launches new COVID-19 ‘return to practice’ products website

Some DTA members have contacted us with issues getting hold of PPE. The BDIA has launched a new COVID-19 ‘return to practice’ products website which some DTA members might find useful. Click read more for the BDIA statement.

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As part of the dental industry’s ongoing support of the resumption of widespread dental treatment the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) has launched a new online directory of members’ products and services that will allow dental practices to safely provide the best possible oral care to patients under challenging circumstances.

 

To make life a bit simpler the new BDIA online initiative has grouped its members’ products and services together into 13 key categories, covering the things that are most important to the resumption of activity and ongoing provision of treatment, such as PPE.

 

BDIA Chief Executive, Edmund Proffitt comments, ‘With the concerns over counterfeit and non-compliant Personnel Protective Equipment and all today’s challenges requiring practices to look at products and technologies to provide safe and effective care, it is more important than ever that purchases are made from suppliers that dental professionals can trust, such as BDIA members. I would urge all purchasers of dental equipment to have a look at our new website, and when they think supplier, think BDIA member’.

 

A user can simply choose a BDIA member from the list of suppliers of equipment and services and browse a full list of products available from that member. If they wish to purchase any products a direct URL will take the user to the supplier’s website where they can purchase the item.

Visit www.bdia.org.uk/product-directory to find out more.

 

30th July 2020PRESS RELEASE: The Dental Technologist Association (DTA) urge all dental professionals and communities to support their local, UK Dental Technologists

The following press release has been distributed by the DTA to raise awareness of the issues facing dental technology and to gain support for our profession before it's too late. We fear that the country will lose many highly skilled dental technologists, the supply chain to the dental clinic will be greatly affected and inevitably patients will suffer from the long delays in receiving their custom-made dental appliance. Click on the read more button to see the full press release.

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Where will you get your denture, crowns and braces from?
With the shutdown of dentistry during the COVID-19 pandemic and the slow, phased stages to the resumption of normal services offered to the public by dentists, dental technicians (also known as dental technologists) who create all the dentures, crowns, bridges and braces for individual patients via dentists, are currently in an extremely difficult situation.

 

Having dedicated their lives to their career, these key workers in dentistry would normally be producing the various dental appliances needed by patients. However, currently and for the foreseeable future there will likely be insufficient prescribed work coming through to sustain these highly specialised dental team workers due to the restrictions in place on the number of appointments and types of services dentists are able to offer to the public.

 

Dental technologists are the oral healthcare unsung heroes. They study for years to be able to develop the knowledge and skills required to create precise, custom-made dental appliances. Their work requires a high level of manual dexterity and attention to detail and an application of applied aesthetic values. Each patient is unique and no two pieces are the same, therefore much of the work is carefully done by hand to fine-tune each piece to the exact specification to make sure the device is comfortable and effective for the patient prior to the final fitting with the dentist. Dental technologists work with specialised equipment in the dental laboratory, use a wide range of materials and have knowledge about the properties and application of each of these materials in order to design and construct appliances to the prescription and with absolute precision.

 

Whilst the dentists are being supported via the NHS, the country is likely to lose many of its professional dental technologists due to the lack of government support for these essential members of the dental team. Unless something radical is done before the next wave of COVID-19 or by the time the government funding schemes are phased out, there will be insufficient dental technologists within the dental care team to provide the appliances that patients require and the health of the population will likely suffer greatly.

 

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For a copy of the press release including notes to the editor, or to be added to the distribution list for DTA's future press releases please contact: info@dta-uk.org  

 

29th July 2020Opportunity for you to represent dental technology on the College of General Dentistry Advisory Strategy Group

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) (FGDP UK) is now progressing its plans to form a new college - the College of General Dentistry (CGDent) and pursue a Royal Charter and the DTA were approached to support the initiative. The DTA agreed on the proviso that views accurately reflect those of dental technologists as part of the dental team. To ensure that this is the case, we have received notification of an opportunity for a DTA members to express interest to serve on the College of General Dentistry's Advisory Strategy Group to represent the profession. For more information and to express interest visit the CGDent website.

 

The College of General Dentistry have released the following statement:

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College of General Dentistry recruits for an Advisory Strategy Group to guide its development

 

The College of General Dentistry is recruiting an Advisory Strategy Group, seeking contributions from across the dental team. This is an important opportunity for people across the Registrant community to make an active contribution, guiding the future direction of the College.

 

The Group will play a crucial role in advising the Board of Trustees as they make plans to launch the College. The Group’s 15 members, who will have first-hand experience working across the dental team, will provide much-needed insight into the ideas, perspectives and priorities of people working in dentistry.

 

Chair of Trustees, Prof Nairn Wilson, said: “This is an exciting moment for the College, a step closer to its formal launch, and a mark of our commitment to embrace the interests and contributions of the whole dental team. We believe that a lack of diversity in leadership and influence in dentistry is a barrier to effectiveness - and we want our Advisory Strategy Group to draw upon strengths across the many communities that have such an important role to play for the future.”

 

Applications close on August 21st, with interviews planned in early September. Details can be found at https://wp.me/P8ZZcL-tx

 

28th July 2020Holiday entitlement during COVID-19 – know your rights

The return to work raises many more questions, not least surrounding your holiday entitlement. The government provide a detailed explanation and guidance on their website for different scenarios. It is important to note that workers who have been placed on furlough continue to accrue statutory holiday entitlements, and any additional holiday provided for under their employment contract...

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Where a bank holiday falls inside a worker’s period of furlough and the worker would have usually have had the bank holiday as annual leave, the employer and the worker must agree to either take the bank holiday as annual leave while on furlough with full pay or, to defer the bank holiday to a later date.

 

Employers can require workers to take holiday, however, advanced notice periods are required and full pay must be received during the holiday period. Employers can continue to claim the 80% grant from the government to cover most of the cost of holiday pay.

 

Find out more on GOV.UK website England, Scotland & Wales or visit here for Northern Ireland

 

24th July 2020GDC Annual Renewal: One week to go

The deadline to complete CPD for this cycle year is approaching. By next Friday 31 July all dental technologists will need to complete their 2019-2020 CPD, pay the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) and declare that they have, or will have, indemnity. Following which deadline, DTs will need to recorded their CPD statement on the eGDC account by 28 August. 

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The GDC have reassured that you will not be penalised should your access to CPD have been seriously hindered by the COVID-19 control measures. However, you will still need to make your annual CPD statement in the usual way even if you are declaring zero hours. If you are in your final year of your cycle and need a little more time to complete the necessary hours of CPD, you can apply for a grace period by emailing the GDC before 31 July cpd@gdc-uk.org.

 

22nd July 2020Risk Assessing During COVID-19

Employers will need to consider detailed risk management approaches to safeguarding the health of their staff and minimise the risk of infection. It is therefore essential that all dental laboratories undertake risk assessments for all their staff (dental technicians and administrative staff), recording the discussion with team members and the agreed actions. Use the DTA Risk Assessment template in the Dental Laboratory Crisis Management Pack.

 

20th July 2020The Oral Health Foundation is calling on health ministers to temporarily remove NHS dental charges in England.

The charity believes stopping NHS dental charges during the COVID-19 crisis will allow hundreds and thousands of people to combat dental disease, which will prevent a deterioration in health across the broadest spectrum of society and we are asking for your support to make it a reality.

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An open letter we penned to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, has already gathered momentum.


The letter makes several cases for why dental charges in England should be temporarily stopped, citing increased financial pressures, deteriorating health, and an opportunity to reconnect dental practices with their local community.


You can support a temporary removal of NHS dental charges in England by writing to your local MP. Read more on the Oral Health Foundation website.

 

17th July 2020Clinical Dental Technician Apprenticeship – Approved for Delivery

The DTA and the Dental Trailblazer are delighted to announce that the apprenticeship standard for Clinical Dental Technician has been approved for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education and allocated a maximum funding of £14,000. The DTA have been part of the Dental Trailblazer group in support of this newly approved apprenticeship. The Standard and Assessment plan can be found here. Employers, training providers and apprentice assessment organisations can now prepare for delivery of the apprenticeship.

 

16th July 2020The latest apprenticeship funding rules 2020/21

The government have published the latest apprenticeship funding rules 2020/21 on their website. There are different versions for employers, employer/providers, and main providers.

 

14th July 2020Apprenticeship programme response to COVID-19

The government have published version 6 of their guidance for apprentices and employers. View here

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This version focuses on:

• Re-opening educational settings. From September, there will be no limits on apprentices, at any age, attending on-site delivery.
• Universal Credit for apprentices
• A future launch of a support service for redundant apprentices
• The Level 2 suspension of the rule on Functional Skills assessments extended until 31 December 2020
• Further FAQs covering apprentices starting with a new employer

 

3rd July 2020GDC Annual Renewal: Deadline 31 July


The GDC have contacted all DCPs with information regarding the annual renewal. The deadline to complete CPD for this cycle year is 31 July and your CPD statement needs to be recorded on your eGDC account by 28 August. The GDC have reassured that you will not be penalised should your access to CPD have been seriously hindered by the COVID-19 control measures. However, you will still need to make your annual CPD statement in the usual way even if you are declaring zero hours. If you are in your final year of your cycle and need a little more time to complete the necessary hours of CPD, you can apply for a grace period by emailing the GDC before 31 July cpd@gdc-uk.org. If you pay your fee by direct debit, the GDC have advised that the payments will be taken from bank accounts on 8 July 2020.  

 

1st July 2020Petition for business rates for healthcare providers

The BDA have launched this petition for business rates for healthcare providers. We have asked for clarification on if it includes dental laboratories as part of the dental team and the BDA have confirmed the framing of the petition is broad covering all businesses involved in animal and human health. The petition has so far received around 7000 signatures but needs to hit 10,000 for the government to respond. Click here if you would like to sign the petition.

 

25th June 2020FREE WEBINAR: Fixed Teeth in a day- All on 4 (lower) immediate loading with temporary bridge

Register for the free College of Medicine and Dentistry webinar Fixed Teeth in a day- All on 4 (lower) immediate loading with temporary bridge by Dr Alex Asquith-Phillips on Friday 26th June 14:00. Read more for the learning outcomes.

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Learning Outcomes:
• Understand the clinical stages and the laboratory stages of an all on 4
• Talk through the preparation for an all on 4
• Understand the use of digital stages in preparing for an all on 4 and introducing this into the planning process
• Understand the importance of communication between clinician and technician

 

24th June 2020Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Flexible Furloughing

The government are running free webinars to provide information and guidance if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). Here are some useful resources from the Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Flexible Furloughing webinar:

 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Contributions

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extensions

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Key Dates

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Register for a webinar on the government website.

 

22nd June 2020Government guidence if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus on the government website.

 

19th June 2020Dentists in Northern Ireland to reopen from 29 June

Dentists in Northern Ireland will be allowed to provide non-urgent care from 29 June, while aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) will be permitted when phase three commences on the 20 July. A fast-track option of 1 July will be made available to practices able to demonstrate they can safely offer AGPs and non-urgent/routine care.

 

18th June 2020Scotland: Dental practices to reopen from 22 June

Following announcements from the First Minister and the CDO today, it is confirmed that NHS dental services across Scotland can reopen from Monday 22 June however this will be for urgent care using non-aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) initially.

 

16th June 2020GDC Annual Renewal for all DCPs

Today, dental technologists will have received a letter from the GDC notifying that the Annual Renewal is due. Before the 31 July 2020 all dental technologists will need to pay the Annual Retention Fee (ARF), make a CPD statement and declare that they have, or will have, indemnity.

 

The GDC have reassured that you will not be penalised should your access to CPD have been seriously hindered by the COVID-19 control measures. However, you will still need to make your annual CPD statement in the usual way even if you are declaring zero hours.

 

12th June 2020Social distancing guidelines - update

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as possible, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS. The message is to stay alert, control the virus, and, in doing so, save lives.

 

This guidance applies in England – people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK.

 

11th June 2020Security Considerations in an Economically Challenging Time

CPNI, Centre for the Protection of National Infrastucture, have published Security Considerations in an Economically Challenging Time to help businesses to protect assets and information. CPNI is the government authority for protective security advice to the UK national infrastructure.

 

 

10th June 2020Self-care during COVID-19

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the nation-wide lockdown has created many challenges, whether it be your own health or that of a family member, financial worries, loss of employment or loneliness, they all have a huge impact on our mental health. It’s important to recognise and raise awareness of the many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during this extraordinary situation.

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  • Information overload? Make sure you ‘switch off’ from time to time and limit the time you spend on social media otherwise you can feel overwhelmed. Keep up-to-date using only factual information from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Government websites.
  • Keep connected. Being separated from family and friends can have a huge impact on your mental health. There are so many ways for us all to keep in contact now, especially via video calling, so make time to keep in touch with others. Consider those around you who may not have access to such technology.
  • Exercise and fresh air. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on mental health and boosts your overall mood. It also relieves stress, improves memory and helps you sleep better. Make time for daily exercise outdoors if possible.

 

If you are preparing to get back to work, as an employer or an employee, it is important that you consider your own mental health and raise awareness of the importance of self-care to all your employees/colleagues. See below some useful steps for everyone to consider.

 

  1. Employers need to be aware that some employees might feel very anxious about coming back to work and there are things that can be done to help manage the return to work process and reduce stress levels, such as:
    1. complete risk assessments, update standard operating procedures and share these with all employees so that they can input and understand new ways of working for the safety of all.
    2. consider using some of these posters to create a staff wellbeing board and point to useful resources for mental health such as these helplines on the NHS website.
  2. Employees should provide constructive and practical feedback on the new standard operating procedures and discuss any concerns with their employer.
  3. Follow hygiene measures advised by authorities. Hand washing, catching sneezes and coughs, and not touching your face are still a key strand in preventing the virus spreading. 
  4. Consider changing the method of transport you use to get to and from work, or the times you travel to avoid peak travel times. Employers could consider staggered start/finish times and flexible hours of working to allow employees to travel safely and observe social distancing guidelines.
  5. The virus is likely to be a hot topic of conversation at work. Try to minimise gossip and hearsay about both the news and personal stories as this can cause anxiety.

 

If you need support during this difficult time, we would like to remind all our members that you have access to a counselling helpline as part of your membership benefits.

 

 

 

9th June 2020Obituary - Larry Browne

Larry Browne was always someone who had a voice in dental technology as a dental technician, laboratory owner and latterly as the editor of the magazine. Larry was awarded a DTA Fellowship in 2015 for his contribution to dental technology and has been a long-term DTA member. 

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Larry followed DTA's developments and educational support for UK dental technologists though the associations activities with various stakeholders. He was passionate about laboratory issues and directed his recent activities to those who should be, but who are not registered with the MHRA as custom-made dental device manufactures. These non-registered manufacturers Larry saw as illegal manufactures within the UK and are likely putting the public at risk; be they either labs, clinics or individuals manufacturing custom-made dental devices and placing on the market without registration through the MHRA. Larry will be sadly missed by all who knew or worked with him.

 

 

8th June 2020Dental practices are now able to open

From today, 8 June, dental practices are able to open but available appointments and treatments will be limited. It may still be some time before dental laboratories start to receive work, or enough work to be able to reopen.

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NHS England have released some informationto explain what patients can expect from today. Practices will need to prioritise patients with the most urgent need, treatments offered may be restricted and will vary from practice to practice depending on staffing and PPE available to ensure safety of the patient and the dental team. We encourage you to regularly communicate with your clients to understand their plans and expectations.

 


Are you prepared to reopen?
You will need to complete risk assessments and update standard operating procedures until you are satisfied that it is safe to reopen. It is important that you have everything in place to protect the health and wellbeing of yourself and others.

 

The DTA has produced a Dental Laboratory Crisis Management Pack which will be included in an emailed to all DTA members as part of the June update on 29/05/2020 to help prepare for businesses to operate once again when it is safe to do so. The pack includes: Dental Laboratory Disaster Recovery Planning, Standard Operating Procedures and template, Risk Assessment in the Workplace and template. These documents should form part of your or your employers/managers regular business documentation and they might already be in place; however, they will need to be reviewed and updated before you reopen. Two major considerations should be (i) the training for all in any updated disinfection operating procedures, and also appropriate Personal Protective Equipment use and disposal, and (ii) the transport of items between the clinic and the dental laboratory and the DTA offer this Dental Laboratory collection and delivery related to infection control document.

 

6th June 2020Dental practices: COVID-19 Practical Guide based on expert recommendations

To assist to resumption of dental services, the Oral Health Foundation have joined with the French Dental Association and Unilever, to release a COVID-19 Practical Guide based on expert recommendations. 

 

6th June 2020Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) Postponed to 2021

CloserStill Media, organiser of the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS), have taken the decision to postpone DTS 2020. The 2020 event will now take place on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of May 2021 at the Birmingham NEC, hall 5.

 

5th June 2020DTA support the annual European Dental Technicians Day TODAY

Today, we celebrate the work that Dental Technicians do every day and raise the profile of the profession. It is hoped that this annual celebration of the profession will increase awareness of this career option for young people and those just starting out in their studies.

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FEPPD, the largest representative body for Dental Laboratory owners and Independent Dental Technicians in Europe, established the annual event across Europe, for the promotion of the Dental Technician profession as service providers to the European dental Patient.

 

The European Dental Technicians Day will today be celebrated online, in workplaces and on social media across Europe. We are encouraging our members to get involved by joining the conversation on social media and displaying literature in their workplaces.

 

It’s not too late to get involved. You can help raise awareness of the variety of work Dental Technicians do. The younger generation starting out in the field should learn of the areas of work they can specialise in, such as;

 

  • prosthodontic technicians design and make dentures
  • conservation technicians specialise in crown and bridge work
    orthodontic technicians make braces to correct tooth positions
  • maxillofacial technicians' work is based in hospital oral surgery, ophthalmic, cancer and burns units, helping to reconstruct the faces of patients damaged by accident or disease

The DTA are passionate about increasing the support of this annual event and educating the public on the important work of Dental Technicians. Please help spread the word. Help generate conversations on your social media, tell your colleagues and display information in your workplace.

 

“Since we have managed to establish such an important yearly event for the years to follow, in the interest of the well being of our businesses, we are asking for a collective participation by all stakeholders to mobilise the public to understand who the Dental Technician is, and what we stand for.” - FEPPD [article published 9th January 2020].

 

The ultimate goal of the annual day is that of highlighting the vocation, profession and services, which until now has not had the exposure it deserves.

 

Visit the website : http://www.european-dental-technicians-day.eu
and the facebook page : @EuropeanDentalTechniciansDay

 

Find out more about European Dental Technicians Day here >>

 

 

5th June 2020New Standard Operating Procedures for England

Two new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been published in England.

- Transition to Recovery: A phased transition for dental practices towards the resumption of the full range of dental provision
- Urgent Dental Centres (UDCs): Guidance and SOP for the provision of urgent dental care in primary care dental settings and designated urgent dental care provider sites.

 

4th June 2020Scotland: NHS practices will not open on 8 June

Dental practices in Scotland will not reopen to NHS patients from next Monday (8 June) Tom Ferris, Chief Dental Officer, Scotland has informed. This is to allow enough time for practices and NHS Boards to make the necessary preparations, as well as finalise the funding model and secure sufficient PPE. The reopening date is subject to further internal Scottish Government discussions, but will be some time this month. 

 

2nd June 2020COVID-19 Safe ways of working: A visual guide to safe PPE

Public Health England have released a visual guide to safe PPE for safe working during COVID-19.

 

 

 

1st June 2020Working safely during coronavirus

The government has issued main 5 steps to working safely during coronavirus. The first point on the list is to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment. Use the DTA Dental Laboratory Crisis Management Pack which was emailed to all DTA members on 29/05/2020 and includes risk assessment information, a template and other documents to assist with the preparation for reopening the laboratory and safe working.

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1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment

2. Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures

3. Help people to work from home

4. Maintain 2m social distancing, where possible

5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage transmission risk

 

Read more on the government website

 

1st June 2020Medical Device Regulation, delayed implementation

The EU has approved a proposal to delay the introduction of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) until 26 May 2021. This means that the full applicability of the MDR will fall outside of the UK transition period. The MDR looks to introduce new requirements for those who manufacture devices, most notably the need to provide a ‘statement of manufacture’ to patients. The UK government has stated that it is taking steps to plan for after the end of the transition period and that they will provide guidance on this in due course. Visit the gov.uk website for further information.

 

29th May 2020The GDC on Making your CPD statement during COVID-19

The GDC contacted all registrants by email on 28 May 2020 with information on making your CPD statement during COVID-19. Registrants will shortly receive an annual renewal notice by post to the address registered with the GDC which could be your work address. Read more for further details from the GDC.

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Making your CPD statement during COVID-19, even if you have not met the requirements

 

The time for dental care professionals (DCPs) to make an annual or end-of-cycle CPD statement, as part of the Annual Renewal process, is fast approaching.


This year we need you to make your CPD statement as normal, but we know that the pandemic has meant that some of you have not been able to meet the full requirements. If that affects you - don’t worry - we still need to know what you have been able to do, but we won’t be penalising anybody who falls short because of COVID-19.


The Enhanced CPD scheme has two minimum hourly requirements, which under normal circumstances you are required to meet. These are:
• to complete 10 hours of CPD in every consecutive two-year period, and
• a minimum number of CPD hours in every five-year cycle, dependent on your title.


From our records, it appears that over three quarters of DCPs have already met these requirements and are able to make a compliant CPD statement now. However, this means that some of you may have concerns about making your CPD statement during this renewal period.
We are asking all of you, even if you think you have not met the minimum CPD requirements, to make your annual or end-of-cycle CPD statement in the normal way. You can make your CPD statement on eGDC at any time, and almost 10,000 of you have already done so, but you must make your statement by 28 August 2020. If there is a reason why that won’t be possible, please get in touch with us, so that we can agree a way forward.


When the deadline passes, we will write to all those who have not been able to comply to ask you to provide a little bit more detail about the issues you faced. The Registrar will take account of the exceptional circumstances this year and will not erase anybody from the register in cases which were due to COVID-19.


If you fall into this category for any reason, and you are mid-cycle, you will be asked to complete the minimum number of hours for your full cycle in the normal way. If you’re coming to the end of your cycle, you will start your new cycle from 1 August 2020, and will only be asked to meet the normal minimum hourly requirements for that CPD cycle.


You can find out how many CPD hours you need to do this year by logging into your eGDC account. If you are short of completed CPD hours and have an opportunity to be compliant by the deadline, please take it. However, you won’t be penalised if this isn’t possible and please remember, that there is already some flexibility built into the Enhanced CPD scheme:


• If you did 10 hours of CPD last year, you could make a zero-hours statement this year.
• If you think you could make-up your shortfall with a very short extension, you could apply for a grace period in writing before the 31 July.

 

If you have any further questions about the Enhanced CPD scheme, please visit our website. Further information about the Annual Renewal process will be made available over the coming weeks, in readiness for the opening of the renewal period on 10 June.

 

29th May 2020Dental practices can commence opening from Monday 8 June

It was announced yesterday, Thursday 28th May, that dental practices can commence opening from Monday 8 June and can include aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs). Dental laboratories could start to receive work soon and we encourage our members to prepare to reopen

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Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer England and Matt Neligan, Director of Primary Care and System Transformation, in a letter dated 28 May 2020, recommend a single approach to the safe and effective resumption of dental care for both NHS dental providers and the private dental sector.

 

Extracts from the letter included:

 

"Today, we are asking that all dental practices commence opening from Monday 8 June for all face to face care, where practices assess that they have the necessary IPC and PPE requirements in place."

 

"Progression to resumption of the full range of routine dental care will be risk-managed by the individual practice and can include aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs), subject to following the necessary IPC and PPE requirements. Dental practices should also take steps to risk assess their workforce and take commensurate actions."

 

"We support the full resumption of routine dental care, in a way that is safe, operationally deliverable and allows dental practices flexibility to do what is best for patients and their teams. Central to this is the acknowledged clinical judgement of practitioners and their ability to risk manage the delivery of dental care, as service provision is re-commenced."

 

Read the full letter.

 

28th May 2020Are dental technologists preparing to get back to work?

Some DTA members have already started to receive requests from private practices to reopen and provide custom-made dental devices. There are a number of things to consider before you reopen and the DTA highlight below some steps for consideration. You do need to take a professional approach and consider your own particular situation.

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1. Government and regulatory guidance


You must continue to follow government guidelines to protect yourself and others, alongside the guidance given by the General Dental Council (GDC), the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Chief Dental Officer (CDO) of your nation. Each nation is working to a different plan for the reopening of NHS dental services and private practices are encouraged to follow the same approach. Scotland and wales have recently announced a phased return, read more here, and in England dental practices can reopen from Monday 8 June following this announcement and a Prompt to Prepare. We await further announcements from Northern Ireland. The GDC have further links to COVID-19 guidance by Country on their website.

 

2. Individuals and reducing local risks


Individual dental technologists do need to consider their own, and their family’s potential risks. The current government guidance related to any signs of COVID-19 symptoms and how to self-isolate yourself and other family members should be taken into account. If you are no longer furloughed your employer is likely expecting your to return to work and that needs careful discussion.

 

3. How much work are you likely to receive and is it financially viable to reopen?

 

Dental Laboratory owners/managers do need to consider a range of business factors. This will likely include ‘Do you receive work from NHS, private, or mixed?’ This is relevant for the guidance they each receive at present and what parties need to adhere to, which will in turn, therefore determine when you will likely receive work from these clinics. We enourage you to regularly communicate with your clients to understand their plans and expectations. 

 

The British Dental Association (BDA) have advised, on their website as at 28-05-2020, that:

 

 “NHS practices are expected to follow the advice produced by NHS England and the Office of the CDO as to how they approach treating patients under any phased return to practise. Private practices are free to determine how they provide care to patients.”

 

The Care Quality Commission Statement on their website offers further guidance:

  

“The decision to offer dental care services is one for the provider to take. Alongside guidance given by Public Heath England (PHE) and the General Dental Council (GDC), CQC encourage dental providers to give proper consideration to the communications from the Chief Dental Officer (CDO) regardless of whether their practice is NHS, private, or mixed.”

 

4. Are you prepared to reopen?


The DTA has produced a Dental Laboratory Crisis Management Pack which will be included in an emailed to all DTA members as part of the June update on 29/05/2020 to help prepare for businesses to operate once again when it is safe to do so. The pack includes: Dental Laboratory Disaster Recovery Planning, Standard Operating Procedures and template, Risk Assessment in the Workplace and template. These documents should form part of your or your employers/managers regular business documentation and they might already be in place; however, they will need to be reviewed and updated before you reopen. Two major considerations should be (i) the training for all in any updated disinfection operating procedures, and also appropriate Personal Protective Equipment use and disposal, and (ii) the transport of items between the clinic and the dental laboratory and the DTA offer this Dental Laboratory collection and delivery related to infection control document.

 

5. Are your various insurance policies valid?


Laboratory owners/managers will need to update their business insurance policies. Each individual dental technologist will need to check for example that their professional indemnity insurance policies are valid before returning to work as dental technologist or clinical dental technologist.

 

6. Once the above five steps (as a minimum) have been considered and implemented.


It is for each individual dental laboratory owner/manager to review their personal circumstances and decide if it is deemed safe and economically viable to reopen and start accepting work from clients.

 

28th May 2020Prompt to Prepare for the resumption of routine dental care in England

Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer England has issued a Prompt to Prepare Statement and supporting document for the resumption of routine dental care practices. The document includes no timescales and the current advice of the Chief Dental Officers (which the GDC requires all registrants to take into account) remains that:

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  • Routine dental care is not to be provided
  • Urgent dental needs should predominantly be managed by phone with appropriate advice and prescriptions
  • Aerosol Generating Procedures should not be undertaken outside of Urgent Dental Care centres

 

The phased return to dental practice and the significantly reduced service and footfall indicate that it may still be some time before dental laboratories start to receive work. However, some laboratories have been approached by private practices to provide work. The BDA have advised that:

 

"NHS practices are expected to follow the advice produced by NHS England and the Office of the CDO as to how they approach treating patients under any phased return to practise. Private practices are free to determine how they provide care to patients, with the GDC and CQC clear that they have no powers to intervene unless there has been a clear breach of regulations."

 

The DTA guidance is in line with the Chief Dental Officers of each nation, however it is for each individual dental laboratory to review and decide if they deem it safe to accept work from private practices. Dental laboratories should prepare and only reopen when they have implemented risk assessments and updated standard operating procedures to ensure safety of workers and clients. The DTA will be emailing the Dental Laboratory Crisis Management Pack to all members which indudes a risk assessment and SOP template. All dental technicians should check that their business insurance policies and professional indemnity insurance are valid.

 

27th May 2020Sara Hurley's Opinion Piece

Sara Hurley, CDO Endland Why re-invent the wheel if you've run out of road? opinion piece in the British Dental Journal talks about the opportunity for a profound change in oral healthcare experience for patients and our profession.

 

26th May 2020COVID-19: DTA Collective Working on a Roadmap to Recovery for Dental Work

Summary May 2020

 

The DTA are working collectively with the Office of the Chief Dental Officer England, Faculty of Dental Surgeons Royal College of Surgeons England, Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK), General Dental Association, British Dental Association and other groups to support the desire to see the reopening of dental practices for face to face care in England. The group are actively seeking to achieve this at the earliest safe opportunity. The benefits to patients and the wider community of receiving oral health care from a trusted well regulated and responsible profession are recognised and are intrinsic to the discussions about the graduated expansion of service delivery.

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The DTA has also input into the workforce planning discussions for all four nations and in addition had the opportunity to review and input on the a high-level paper describing the phases for Scotland. We are in continued liaisons with other groups and we are raising the concerns of our membership at any opportunity.

 

Below is intended to provide an update summary.

 

A lot of activity and work being done to find a route back to dental care including discussions raising the concerns around Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs) where viruses from the patient can, it is suggested, be dispersed into the air and settle on surfaces or be inhaled in by workers. A return to dental clinical work with patients is initially looking at non-AGP work only and worldwide information and evidence is being utilised to provide guidance. It is suggested that dentistry will be very different for some time to come e.g. ‘waiting room chairs should be spaced apart and it is recommended appointments with different clinicians are staggered so multiple patients are not congregating in the waiting room, whilst the use of appropriate PPE is essential’. The regular washing of hands by a prescribed method is essential and all colleagues need to be trained in this method with training maintained, watch this NHS video.

 

The Faculty of Dental Practice (FGDP) at the Royal College of Surgeons of England have development a wealth of general guidance related to other forms of clinical dental practice, and thus they have been working to support the Chief Dental Officer (CDO) of England around the Covid-19 virus. The Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) (RCS-Ed) has been undertaking such for the CDO of Scotland. A new Dentist based organisation has recently come on the scene from April 2020 called the British Association of Private Dentistry (BAPD), and there are suggestions that the initiators appear have come from the Association of Cosmetic Dentistry, and that BAPD will rival the BDA. The BADP have sort to engage with the various DCP groups by digital means e.g. Zoom and to in some way create their own DCP membership of BAPD, although the benefits of such are not clear. The CDO England Ms Sara Hurley hosted a DCP seminar to invited groups on 22-05-2020 via Microsoft Teams, and DTA took part and also provided in advance five questions that DTA wanted answers to. Although these and other participants questions were not fully answered during the seminar, the DTA requested that the CDO office provide answers or guidance. A video of the one and a half hour CDO session and a transcript is said to be going to be made available soon. The FGDP have current information on their website which links to further information sources. There is a vast amount of guidance being produced by Governments to support workers e.g. ‘Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people's homes’ which could be useful for other scenarios too. The BAPD have encouraged two DCPs to work with them with the FGDP on the return to practice pathway for the CDO England, whilst the Chief Dental Officer for Scotland has invited the DTA to provide a named individual to work on their activities.

 

The work continues to create safe dental care activities for registrants and patients. Currently everyone should continue to reduce the risks associated with their daily activities to the lowest reasonably practicable level by taking positive preventative measures.

 

22nd May 2020Scotland & Wales: Pathway for a return to dental practice

The CDOs for Scotland and Wales have released plans for the reopening of NHS dental services. The DTA are working collectively with the Chief Dental Officer England and other groups towards the reopening of dental practices for face to face care in England.

 

The phased return to dental practice in Scotland and Wales is detailed below and the steps indicate it may be some time before dental laboratories start to see work coming through the doors:

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Scotland

 

Read the full letter Remobilisation of NHS Dental Services in Scotland from Tom Ferris, the CDO Scotland, which details the following phases: 

  • Phase 1 involves increasing the capacity of the Urgent Dental Care Centres. The UDCCs are currently treating patients with urgent dental care needs, but the centres should now grow their capacity to increase the range of treatments available to patients.
  • Phase 2 will see NHS practices start to see patients, initially for consultations using non-aerosol generating procedures (AGPs), and later for routine care – including examination and treatment – that can also be provided using non-AGPs. There is no precise timeline for Phase 2, though the Scottish Government expects to have made some progress by 31 July, with consultations available in every practice by then.
  • Phase 3 will involve a limited introduction of AGPs to dental practices, depending on risk and mitigation. There is no timescale yet for this phase.

The Scottish Government have published a four-phase route map through and out of the COVID-19 crisis. Dentistry is mentioned on pages 23, 25, 27, and in the graphic on page 44 of this document.

 

 

 

Wales

 

Read the full letter from Colette Bridgman, Chief Dental Officer Wales in which it states:

 

In the staged return from the Red Alert status, we will support practices with NHS contracts to 90% of their ACV in return for the following:

  1. All practices with NHS contracts will open for more than remote telephone contact and urgent care from 1 July 2020;
  2. All practices and staff will observe the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) attached to this letter;
  3. All NHS patients in the ‘practice population’ will receive one Assessment of Clinical Oral Risk and Need (ACORN) before 31 March 2021 in phases according to need (caveated by wider context);
  4. All patients will receive the appropriate level of evidence-based preventive intervention and care, based on their need (ACORN findings);
  5. All patients will receive any necessary non-AGPs (undertaken in accordance with the SOPs);
  6. All patients requiring urgent and non-urgent AGPs will continue to be referred to the Urgent Dental Centres or designated dental practices for treatment (this will be kept under review in accordance with the national COVID-19 response); and
  7. That all staff (e.g. associate dentists and dental care professionals) who deliver NHS care, will be retained and their pay will be protected at previous levels to reflect their NHS work.

 

 

 

20th May 2020Annual Retention Fee (ARF) Statement from the GDC

The GDC have sent the following message to all dental professionals on the GDC register this morning regarding their decision not to make changes to the ARF levels or to introduce a payment scheme. 

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Message from the Chair of the GDC:

 

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant effect on our lives. I am very aware that the effect of the suspension of routine dental care and services is severe and that it has prevented you providing the patient treatment and care you want to - and in some cases has caused financial difficulties. We have been asked whether the GDC could respond by making changes to the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) paid by all dental professionals or by introducing an emergency payment by instalments scheme.


The Council has thought carefully about the options available to us, but we have decided not to make changes to the ARF levels or to introduce a payment scheme. These are not decisions we have taken lightly, and I know they won’t be welcomed by some of those we regulate, so I want to be clear about the reasons why we have made them.


The work we have to do, which is laid down in law, has not fundamentally changed. We are required to remain financially stable and to meet our statutory obligations to ensure the public are protected and confidence in the professions is maintained.


Nearly all our incomes comes from the ARF collection. By revising our regulatory approach and increasing our efficiency, we have been able to secure greater value for money and reduce the ARF - and we hope to continue along this path. But we don't want to make changes now that we can't sustain, and which might lead to inefficiency and increased costs in the future. We are looking hard at the way we deliver our services, both during the current emergency and beyond. One example of that is that we have rapidly developed ways of running hearings remotely. That could eventually lead to a permanent reduction in our costs, and if it does, that reduction will be reflected in the fees we charge in future.


For the time being though, significant uncertainty remains about the months ahead and it is just too early to predict what is going to happen - to the sector as a whole or to the GDC. So, it would be imprudent to make changes which might not be sustainable, or which have the potential to add further risks or cost to what we do.


In looking at the options available to us, we were also aware that even changes with very significant negative impacts on the GDC would make only a small difference to the level of the ARF. Only the government is in a position to provide financial support to the professions and they have chosen to do so both through NHS contract arrangements and by more general support to employers and businesses. I am very aware that the benefits of that have been felt unevenly, particularly by those outside the scope of NHS contract support, but the level of the ARF is not an effective way of addressing that issue.


I very much want to see a return to healthy, safe and successful dental services, as I know you do too and I look forward to your being able once again to offer your patients the full range of care and treatment they need.

 

Dr William Moyes
Chair, General Dental Council

 

 

 

19th May 2020Keeping safe

Following the government's advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19), the UK has now been in 'essential lockdown' since 23rd March 2020. There are some concessions that allow essential and key work to continue and a gradual return of some areas.

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An informed professional judgement is required from the dental technologist about the state and needs of the potential client user, always taking into consideration the current NHS advice:

 

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
  • use the online guidance and assessment https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ If your symptoms are mild, you'll usually be advised to not leave your home for at least 7 days.
  • Anyone you live with should not leave your home for 14 days.

 

In all other circumstances, you must remain insured to provide essential dental technology services in line with your GDC registration, but you are also expected to exercise the highest professional judgement before a decision is taken to provide dental laboratory services.

 

Because of the national and international actions taken to slow the pandemic and the possible overwhelming of the NHS and the measures taken by everyone to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, it must be a high bar that is used to judge the provision of key support services from a dental technologist.

 

Other healthcare professionals have sort to provide guidance and we here provide two modified question for dental technology:

  1. How likely is it that failure to provide treatment to this client will likely stretch precious NHS resource further and unnecessarily?
  2. Is the risk to the clients’ health of no treatment greater than the risk of them potentially contracting COVID-19?

 

The advice that applies in this message is likely to remain in place for the duration of the government-imposed ‘lockdown’ and the gradual road map to future provision. The situation will be reviewed continually and advice may change in response to new advice from the Government.

Clients that you are concerned about should be regularly contacted by telephone to discuss the concerns they may have and to liaise with them. For those customers seeking direct denture repairs, it may be possible to give advice on self-care measures over the telephone and to reassess the urgency of such needs. You should essentially consider the risk to your own health and that of your family.

 

We know that this is a difficult time for everyone and that to stay well is essential. Therefore, please follow the government guidelines for everyone's safety.

 

15th May 2020DTA elections 2020 - welcome

The successful nominees of the May 2020 DTA Council Elections are Tony Griffin, Delroy Reeves and Joanne Stevenson.

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The nominees have accepted the position on Council and we thank Delroy Reeves and Tony Griffin as returning Council members for their dedication and support moving the Association forward.

 

We are delighted to welcome new Council member, Joanne Stevenson to the DTA Management Team. Joanne has been a prosthetics technician for 30 years and has been a member of the DTA since she was a student. Joanne recently wrote an article for the DTA ‘Benefits of the duplicate denture technique’ which was published in the May issue of The Technologist. The DTA Council welcome Joanne’s active involvement moving forward.

 

13th May 2020Self-employed claim scheme is open

The self-employed have been invited by HMRC to get ready to make their claims for coronavirus support.

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Those who are eligible will be able to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their average trading profits up to a maximum of £7,500 (equivalent to three months’ profits), paid in a single instalment. The claims service opens today (13 May).

 

Be aware of scams, these schemes are only available through the government website.

 

12th May 2020Furlough scheme to be extended

The Chancellor has announced that the Government’s Job Retention Scheme will continue until the end of October; allowing furloughed workers to receive 80 per cent of their current salary, up to a ceiling of £2,500 per month. In addition, from the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.

 

11th May 2020Update from Chief Dental Officer England

Yesterday evening (10 May 2020) the Prime Minister announced the conditional plan to ease restrictions. All dental guidance and Standard Operating Procedures currently in force remain unchanged. The temporary cessation of routine dentistry addresses the safety of patients and of dental teams as well as supporting the public health measures required to slow community transmission of COVID-19. This advice has not changed.

 

Office of the Chief Dental Officer England
NHS England and NHS Improvement

 

 

 

11th May 2020Latest Government Announcement

The UK government will soon publish a guidance document with detail on how England will begin lifting lockdown measures following the announcement Prime Minister Boris Johnson made to the nation on Sunday.

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The announcement raised many questions, particularly in relation to the impacts on our profession and we will update DTA members via the News Page as information becomes available. As it stands however, there appears to be no change for dental laboratories and the dental profession as a whole. The BDA have released a statement advising that “there have been no indications that the frameworks for the provision of dental care across the four UK countries has changed.”

 

“…practices are still to treat initially via advice, analgesics and antibiotics where appropriate, and to triage care into the various urgent care systems.”

 

The DTA are reviewing new information that is being released, including discussions from dental professionals and the importance of employers creating a safe working environment.

 

The DTA will soon be publishing a Crisis Management Pack which will be shared with DTA members via email to help prepare to operate once again when it is safe to do so.

 

10th May 2020DTS 2020 – working together for better dentistry

Whether you are a dental technician, clinical dental technician, orthodontic technician or lab owner, The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2020 has you covered.

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There will be two-days of education tailored to each area of the profession. A particular focus will be placed on digital technologies in order to help delegates enhance their workflows. There will even be bespoke payment plans available through show partner MediFinance, making it easier for lab owners to invest in the solutions they need to drive their businesses forward.


What’s more, there will be thousands of professionals in attendance, from fellow lab colleagues to dentists and trade representatives, encouraging improved collaboration and stronger professional relationships. After all, we work better together. Don’t miss out!


DTS 2020 – Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September–Hall 5, Birmingham NEC, co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show. Register for free online. www.the-dts.co.uk, 020 7348 5270, dts@closerstillmedia.com

 

6th May 2020Have you met your CPD requirements?

If you’re short of hours, please act now to ensure you meet the minimum CPD requirements. Remember, you must have completed 10 CPD hours over the last two years before the end of the CPD year on 31 July.

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Dental technicians need to complete a minimum of 50 hours of verifiable CPD every five years. Clinical dental technicians need to complete a minimum of 75 hours of verifiable CPD. The CPD cycle runs from 1 August to 31 July and we recommend that you complete at least 10 hours per cycle year for dental technicians or 15 hours for CDTs. If for any reason you are unable to complete these recommended hours during a cycle year, you can submit less, or zero; however, you need to complete a minimum of 10 hours of CPD during each period of two consecutive years.

 

When you declare your CPD hours to the GDC you do not need to submit your CPD certificates, but you will need to retain them all and keep them in a safe place in case the GDC requests that you submit them. We recommend that you print your logbook and all your certificates at the end of each cycle year.

 

Why not use some downtime to catch up or even get ahead on your CPD requirements? The DTA offers our members over 20 hours of verifiable CPD each year that provides lifelong learning specific to dental technicians’ needs and including core subjects. Our editorial team is working diligently to ensure that the CPD meets the GDC’s quality criteria. If you are behind on your CPD, there are lots of online opportunities you can access whilst isolating at home. If you find something you feel is really worthwhile, please share it on our social media platforms so colleagues can be made aware.

 

4th May 2020The government seek to restore people's lives to "as close to normal as possible”

The government seek to restore people's lives to "as close to normal as possible” but state that the worst thing they could do now is ease up too soon and allow a second peak of coronavirus.

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On Sunday 3 May, it was again reported that some social distancing measures would remain in place until a vaccine has been developed. The timeframe for this is still unknown however the government’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, has previously suggested that the prospect of having a vaccine available this year is incredibly small.


Consultations have been taking place to establish a strategy to reopen selected areas of the economy and Boris Johnson is expected to outline full details of how the UK will exit lockdown on Sunday 10 May. However, Boris has stressed that the UK would only be able to move on to the second phase when the government's five tests had been met. The five tests previously annouced are detailed below.

 

For now, we must continue to Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives


Test one: Making sure the NHS can cope
Test two: A 'sustained and consistent' fall in the daily death rate
Test three: Rate of infection decreasing to 'manageable levels'
Fourth test: Ensuring supply of tests and PPE can meet future demand
Fifth test: Being confident any adjustments would not risk a second peak

 

 

3rd May 2020DTA Appoint New President

The Dental Technologists Association (DTA) is delighted to announce that Barry Tivey has been appointed as President.

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As my two-year term in office as the DTA President draws to a close, I hand over the baton to Barry Tivey, who has been a DTA Council member since 2018. Barry has many years of experience, having qualified as a dental technician some 30 years ago and in 2015, completed an MSc in Dental Technology at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Based in the West Midlands, Barry is the owner of a crown/bridge and implant laboratory. On accepting the presidency role, Barry said:

 

I believe the DTA provides vital support and resources to members and represents the needs of all dental technologists throughout the UK, whether fully qualified professionals or still in training. DTA aims to highlight the key issues and concerns of our profession to the people that can implement change. I like to give 100% to anything I take on and I hope to be able to contribute to the success of the Association and continue the strong leadership that has been expertly steered by Delroy over the past two years.’

 

Personally, and on behalf of the DTA team, I welcome Barry to the role of DTA President and look forward to working closely with him as his deputy. At this point, I would also like to express my thanks to Adrian Rollings, who has been my deputy over the past year. His contribution and support have been invaluable to both me and the DTA and we look forward to his continued active involvement on the DTA Council. - Delroy Reeves

 

2nd May 2020Coronavirus - support and resources for employers and employees

Links to coronavirus resources and support for employers and employees in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

 

 

 

1st May 2020GDC Dental Complaints Service Review 2019 and research reports published

Yesterday, the GDC published three reports, all relating to the Dental Complaints Service (DCS).

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The reports, which consider the performance, efficacy and social value offered by the DCS - the free and impartial private dental care complaints resolution service - are:


• The DCS Review 2019
• Research report: Social Return on Investment of the DCS
• Research report: DCS Survey of Dental Professional Users

 

The DCS Review 2019 and the DCS research reports are available to read in detail online.

 

1st May 2020Dental technicians helping to protect our NHS

With a shortage of personal protective equipment for medical workers on the front-line battling against coronavirus, it’s incredibly heart-warming and inspiring to hear how our profession, and our DTA members, are utilising their equipment and giving up their time to make PPE for those on the front-line. 

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A number of dental laboratories have repurposed their 3D printers to manufacture full-face visors, N95 masks and respirators to donate to the NHS. We have also been hearing how many of our members have been volunteering to support the vulnerable in their local communities.

 

We would like to share more of your positive news stories. Email info@dta-uk.org and tell us what you have been doing to support others during this challenging time.

 

1st May 2020Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) postponed to 2021

The MDR should have been fully in force on 26th May 2020, but the EU legislators have postponed the entry into force of the new Medical Devices Regulation for one year due to the world Covid-19 pandemic. 

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The UK government will need to decide whether to adopt UK legislation identical to the MDR or to develop similar legislation due to the new implementation date for MDR falling after when the UK is planned to be separated from European legislation.

 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the competent authority within the UK which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe. The Dental Laboratory industry has been compliant with the Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC) since its introduction and the Medical Devices Regulations ((EU) 2017/745) are more comprehensive and demand further actions from manufacturers.

 

Read the round-up article in the May 2020 issue of The Technologist and keep an eye our for more next month.

 

30th April 2020Don't let your professional indemnity insurance lapse

We previously published an article in the February 2020 issue of The Technologist highlighting the importance of having the correct indemnity insurance in place. We understand that it might be tempting not to renew your insurance policy while you are currently unable to work due to the restrictions put in place by the government as a result of COVID-19, however we stress the importance of keeping your policy active and up-to-date.

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Many of our members will have an indemnity insurance policy through UK Special Risks, the DTA preferred supplier, and their policy states:

 

“Due to the special nature of the separate Legal Expenses Package, it being designed to cover defence costs at GDC fitness to practice hearing, run-off cover for late discovery of claims does not apply to this part of the scheme should you cancel the Dental Technician Indemnity policy.”

 

We believe this to mean that if you cancel your policy during the current restrictions you are then not covered for support if you have a problem that occurred from a previous period.

 

29th April 2020Stay alert to scammers

We cannot express enough the importance of staying alert to scammers during this time. HSBC have published a detailed Fraud Guide to raise awareness of the different ways criminals may try to steal not just your money but also your company’s identity. In case you missed it...

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We previously published an article including detailed steps to help protect yourself from fraud. The government are warning the public to be extra vigilant and be wary of scams related to coronavirus. They state that you can only access government schemes through the GOV.UK website. If someone texts, calls or emails claiming to be from HMRC, saying that you can claim financial help or are owed a tax refund, and asks you to click on a link or to give information such as your name, credit card or bank details, it is a scam. Stay safe.

 

28th April 2020Apprenticeship programme response to COVID-19

The government have published version 3 of their guidance for apprentices and employers. View here

 

27th April 2020Furlough leave: the HMRC Job Retention Scheme

ACAS have released two new dates (and more to follow) for their free webinar which explains HMRC's scheme for employers who have furloughed their workers, or who are planning to. You can also watch previous webinar recordings

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Included in the webinar:

 

  • who can claim
  • what can be claimed, and what's excluded
  • maternity leave considerations
  • National Minimum Wage considerations
  • effects on holiday entitlement
  • selecting employees for furlough and gaining agreement
  • shielding and furlough

 

Tuesday 5 May - 10.30am-11.30am

Thursday 7 May - 2pm - 3pm

 

24th April 2020Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The government have updated their guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme including finding out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave, how to claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions and how and when to report employees' wages to HMRC using the PAYE Real Time Information system.

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To use the scheme, the steps you’ll need to take are:

 

  1. Check if you can claim.
  2. Calculate 80% of your employees’ wages.
  3. Claim for your employees’ wages online - the service should be simple to use and any support you need available on GOV.UK.
  4. Report a payment in PAYE Real Time Information.

Read more on the government website.

 

23rd April 2020NHS England Covid-19 Dental Services Webinar

Chief Dental Officer Sara Hurley and Director of Primary Care and System Transformation Matt Neligan invite oral health professionals to a webinar on Covid-19 which will take place on Friday 24 April, 4 - 4.45pm

 

Connect shortly before it starts using:
https://bit.ly/covid19dental2404 


Due to numbers colleagues will be unable to speak however comments/questions can be submitted via the chat function.

 

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