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23rd March 2017ACAS News Updates

Several News Updates have been provided by ACAS

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The recent ACAS News bulletin offers information on:

- Work-life balance

- Offering pay rises for flexible contracts

- April 2017: 3 key employment law changes


For more information on these news items please visit the ACAS website.


22nd March 2017FGDP(UK) announces outline business plan

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) has published an outline of its plans for 2017-18.

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FGDP(UK)The plans include the development of a Virtual Learning Environment, improving the Faculty’s membership proposition and publishing new guidance on dementia-friendly dentistry, and were first shown to the FGDP(UK)’s members at their Annual General Meeting earlier this month.


The Faculty recently announced its intention to establish itself as a fully autonomous professional body, and the programme of work has been developed to prepare itself for independence.


FGDP(UK) Dean, Dr Mick Horton, said:


“This year marks our 25th anniversary as the academic home for primary dental care, and our plans for the coming year will significantly strengthen our community of practice. We look forward to working ever more closely with our members and the wider dental community, and would be delighted to have your support as we prepare to bring an independent national professional body for dentists to life.”


The FGDP’s plans for 2017/18


Enhancing our offer in education


  • Building a career pathway for the profession by securing the MJDF as the leading award in dentistry and building components of a pathway that bridges Membership and Fellowship.
  • Developing technology-enhanced learning, with a modern and accessible Virtual Learning Environment that will be implemented in 2017 for the benefit of all our course participants and members.
  • Diversifying our contribution to CPD by developing an accreditation scheme to improve quality and foster progression.


Fostering a thriving membership


  • Building the membership proposition with a focus on value for money and helping members to feel connected.
  • Engaging with dental schools, to establish a role for the Faculty from the earliest stages of training.
  • Transforming our presence online with a new website, integrated with up-to-date services for our members.


Building influence in the affairs of the profession


  • Setting standards for the profession through a programme of work on clinical standards that includes revising Standards in Dentistry and publishing new guidance on dementia-friendly dentistry.
  • Fostering a community of practice in which our members can contribute more effectively to our core mission of promoting excellence in dentistry.
  • Providing thought leadership that asserts our national role and promotes the standing of the profession in society



22nd March 2017New Guidance Document available

A new Training and Development document is available for members on the Guidance Documents page of this site.  It can be found in the HR section of the page


21st March 2017New Chief Executive for the BDIA

Tony Reed, BDIA Executive Director, will be stepping down from his position in early April 2017. The BDIA Council has appointed Edmund Proffitt, currently the Association’s Policy and Public Affairs Director, as the BDIA’s new Chief Executive, and he will be assuming the position from 10th April.

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Edmund ProffittTony Reed, BDIA Executive Director, will be stepping down from his position in early April 2017. Tony, who has been responsible for running the Association for over 20 years, comments, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the BDIA and have overseen many changes in the industry over the last two decades. I am privileged to have met and worked with so many great characters in the dental community over the years”.


The BDIA Council has appointed Edmund Proffitt, currently the Association’s Policy and Public Affairs Director, as the BDIA’s new Chief Executive, and he will be assuming the position from 10th April. Commenting on his new role Edmund said, “I am honoured and delighted to be taking up this position.


There are many challenges facing BDIA members over the next few years, as well as some great opportunities. I look forward to working with the BDIA Council and members to ensure that the sector is prepared and can prosper going forwards”.


BDIA President, Mike Cann commented, “Edmund has played a key role in growing the Association’s influence and presence over the last four years and we are confident that he is the right choice to follow in Tony’s footsteps leading the BDIA”. Though stepping down as Executive Director, Tony will remain involved with the Association in a financial capacity going forwards.


7th March 2017ACAS News Updates

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) increase on 1 April 2017.

Also, from 6 April organisations with 250+ employees will need to start reporting on their gender pay gap.

Acas has developed two new training events:

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For more information on the above items, please visit the ACAS Website (new window)


6th March 2017Opportunities to join the GDC Council

Up to 2 Registrant and 4 Lay Council members - £15,000 pa with a £3000 pa supplement for Committee Chairs.


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The GDC is looking for strategically minded professionals with a commitment to patient protection, proven experience of supporting confidence in public services, the capacity to understand the organisational and business issues we face, and the ability to provide the executive with challenge and support in the delivery of the corporate strategy.


For more information please visit: www.saxbam.com/appointments usiing reference YZND


Closing date: midday 5th April 2017



The GDC is committed to providing equality of opportunity and values diversity of culture among our council members


28th February 2017Make the most of government funding and benefit from the country’s newest and innovative centre of dental technology and excellence.

Did you know the government will substantially help you with the costs of training staff?


Trailblazer Higher Apprenticeship for Dental Technology has been approved for funding since March 2015.


The new funding model from the 1st May 2017 has been simplified. The Government will support 90% of the funding for a 10% contribution from employers. This means that employers will be required to pay £600.00 a year for this 3 year programme.

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Did you also know a state of the art dental technology centre is being launched in North London?


As part of a multi-million 'make-over' at Barnet and Southgate College, a brand new Centre for Dental Sciences is opening in Sept 2017 in partnership with The University of Bolton.


"For the first time in many years our profession is attracting incredible financial support for employers to develop new dental technicians. The University of Bolton is proud to support this new educational facility as it will assist in the safeguarding of dental technology skills in the future."
Robert Biggs, Head of Dental Sciences, University of Bolton


23rd February 2017Don’t Miss the Dental Technologists Association at DTS 2017

The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) has long enjoyed the support of various dental lab groups, associations and societies and is delighted to welcome several back for the 2017 event. Among those present on the exhibition floor and supporting the educational event will be the Dental Technologists Association (DTA).

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DTA is the professional representative body for dental technologists, whether they are qualified or in training. The group is committed to keeping members in touch with what is going on in dental technology, as well as the wider dental arena. It is a great source of information, advice and support for its members, who have access to an array of benefits including a dedicated journal and e-journal, CPD, indemnity insurance, information sheets, a legal helpline and job advertisements.


Sue Adams, Chief Executive of DTA, comments:

“The show offers a wide range of topics and speakers, appealing to dental technicians who work in all disciplines. It’s the major event for dental technicians and as the professional body for this DCP group it is key for the Dental Technologists Association to attend.

“At the event, we hope to engage with members on a one-to-one basis so that we can update them on DTA activities and understand any concerns they may have. Delegates can expect a warm welcome from all members of our team on stand D20, as well as Show offers for dental technicians looking to join DTA!”


There will be plenty to do over the course of the two days at DTS 2017, with hours of verifiable CPD available and copious networking opportunities. The educational programme will be presented by a selection worldwide-leading professionals throughout the DTS Lecture Theatre, Digital & Innovation Theatre, CDT Conference and OTA Seminars. These will include Phil Reddington, Ian Smith, Von grow, Bill Marais, Carl Fenwick, Stephen Lusty, Jonathan Hughes, Craig Parker, Ashley Latter, Andrea Johnson, Leslie Stevens, Paul Mallett and many, many more.


Whether your business offers a full service or focuses on implants, orthodontics or prosthetics, there’s something for your whole team at DTS 2017. Register online for FREE today!

DTS and The Dentistry Show 2017 – Friday 12th and Saturday 13th May 2017 – NEC Birmingham.

For more information visit www.the-dts.co.uk, call +44 (0) 20 7348 5270
or email dts@closerstillmedia.com


21st February 2017Health at Work Posters

FREE Health at Work posters including Hand Washing Techniques and NHS Colour Coding Scheme information are now available on the members' Advice page (dta-uk.org/advice.php)


10th February 2017Survey of CAD/CAM use in UK Dental Laboratories

Harpreet Kaur, a final year student at Manchester Metropolitan University would like your helpc. Her dissertation is focused on determining whether technology has impacted dental laboratories in terms of CAD/CAM and the outcomes of its use.

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All data will be completely anonymous and no personal information is required. Harpreet would really appreciate your help - it takes just 5 minutes - thank you.




The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) (FGDP(UK)), the professional body representing general dental practice, and The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and its Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) announce today that FDGP(UK) is taking the first step towards becoming an independent organisation.

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FGDP(UK) was established as a faculty of the RCS in 1992. During that time the Faculty has built a professional home for the general practice dentistry community in the UK.


As the Faculty celebrates its 25th anniversary, the Board of FGDP(UK) has decided its aspirations are best served as an independent organisation, whilst remaining in close partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons and its Faculty of Dental Surgery. Over the coming months it plans to lay the foundations of that organisation for the benefit of patients and the profession.


FDGP(UK) delivers world leading courses in implantology, minor oral surgery and restorative care. With a membership approaching 5,000, and with an international reach, FGDP(UK) also publishes a highly respected Primary Dental Journal and produces clinical guidelines written by dentists, for dentists.


The world leading dental examination in the UK, the MJDF, which is administered jointly between the FGDP(UK) and FDS, will continue to be the leading qualification for the dental profession.


31st January 2017DTS Conference Highlights

This year's DTS Conference takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on 12th and 13th May.


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Designed for dental technicians, clinical dental technicians and laboratory owners, The DTS Lecture Theatre has this year been programmed by the Dental Technicians Guild (DTG). Not to be missed!



Building on the already successful OTA lectures and workshops, the orthodontic technician's stream will cover stream everything from Cleft Lip and Palate to client reviews, making this unique opportunity unmissable for Orthodontic Technicians.


For more information please click here for the flyer or visit the Events Page on this website


27th January 2017DTA attends All Party Parliamentary Group reception at the Houses of Parliament

DTA attended the All Party Parliamentary Group reception at the Houses of Parliament

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All Party Parliamentary Group ReceptionClick on the photo to the left or go to

http://www.dta-uk.org/news_xmas_reception_2016.php to see a slideshow of the event


26th January 2017GDC announce consultation on Shifting the balance: a better, fairer system of dental regulation.

A year ago, today, GDC launched their corporate strategy Patients, Partners, Professionals, Performance - their road map for 2016 - 2019. Today (26th Jan) they have taken their ambition forward by launching Shifting the balance: a better, fairer system of regulation where they explain how they will improve professional regulation to enhance patient safety whilst continuing to be fair to dental professionals.

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Shifting the balanceFrom GDC:


While we've made huge improvements in the way the GDC is run, the dental regulation system is old-fashioned, clunky and expensive. Our legislation hasn't kept pace with the sweeping changes in society driven by massive technological development and policies that have quite rightly put patients and consumers first. Our "traditional" FtP-based model unsustainable in terms of cost and doesn't enjoy the support from those we regulate that is necessary for it to be truly effective. What we really want is for people to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do, not because they are afraid of doing the wrong thing. We spend too much time and money on enforcement and too little on prevention.


All this means that we must change the system to make it fit for the future - agile, proportionate and fair and because we can't bank on wholesale legislative reform any time soon - we're going to have to build a system based on partnerships with the many bodies across the system that have their own tools for managing risks. To achieve that the GDC is going to have to stand up and be a real leader.


GDC Chair, Bill Moyes, hosted a breakfast briefing this morning at Wimpole Street, attended by key stakeholders and industry journalists. Chief Dental Officer for England, Sara Hurley joined Bill to lead a discussion on proposals for non-legislative regulatory reform. Sara noted that the tone has shifted in the sector, from adversarial to one of patient-centred collaboration. She a greed that the future is in right-touch regulation; identifying potential problems before they happen, resolving complaints locally, working effectively with partners and refocussing FtP.


The proposals in Shifting the balance: a better, fairer system of regulation , will explore ways dental professionals can be better empowered to ensure we are doing all we can to prevent harm from happening in the first place; ensure feedback and complaints are dealt with and resolved in the most appropriate place; establish better ways of partnership working with our partners - as well as ensuring that the GDC deploys its investigatory and prosecuting powers proportionately and where necessary.


This discussion document has a consultation period, which will run for three months and during this time we will be speaking with as many of our stakeholders as possible through industry events and stakeholder communication channels across the four nations. All stakeholders - patients, dental professionals and partners are invited to take part in the discussion - we can't do this alone.


We welcome all comment and feedback on the proposals, the easiest way to respond is by completing the online form at www.gdc-uk.org, or you can mail your comments to shiftingthebalance@gdc-uk.org


More information click here.


20th January 2017Is there ever a good excuse for failing to pay the minimum wage?

Investigators from HMRC have revealed some of the most bizarre excuses given to them by employers caught out for underpaying staff.

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Make sure you're up to date: the National Living Wage will increase on 1 April. See the new rates here.


Click here for the most bizarre excuses....



20th January 201739th Asia Pacific Dental Congress

The 39th Asia Pacific Dental Congress takes place 22nd - 25th May 2017.


For more information please visit http://www.apdc2017.org

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39th Asia Pacific Dental Congress


6th January 2017Whistleblowing Policy available

A new Whistleblowing Policy is now available for members. It can be found on the Guidance Documents page.


6th December 2016Statement on dental complaints

The Regulation of Dental Services Programme Board is formed of organisations with a role in managing and regulating how dental care is provided in England.


The Board is reviewing the approach to dental regulation across England with a view to developing a more streamlined and effective model of regulation.

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One of the issues identified by the Board in its first report was the complex and confusing nature of the dental complaints system, with overlaps between organisations and a lack of consistency of approach. As a result, Healthwatch UK and the GDC were given a workstream to develop a joint statement on dental complaints with the aim of giving patients consistent messages about what to do if they have a problem with their dental treatment. The idea of the statement is that organisations will use it to check their materials and processes so that messages provided to patients are consistent no matter whom they approach.


Introduction: statement on dental complaints

What do we mean by ‘complaints’?
The statement is designed to cover all dental complaints and concerns, from the relatively minor to those which could have implications for a professional’s fitness to practise.

Rather than focussing on complaints as defined in the Health Service regulations , the statement uses ‘complaints’ in its everyday sense, to mean any statements that a service or individual has not met the standard people would expect. It sees complaints as a subset of wider feedback about services – which can be positive or negative.

Why produce a statement?
The Regulation of Dental Services Programme Board has recognised that:
• The dental complaints system is complex and confusing for patients, providers and regulators –especially given the mixed public/private provision of dental services;
• Overlaps between organisations bring a lack of clarity, with multiple organisations potentially responsible for different aspects of the same complaint;
• There is a lack of consistency: different organisations are subject to different timeframes for dealing with complaints, and cover different nations of the UK;
• Patients who initially approach the ‘wrong’ body may then be lost to the system completely.

At a stakeholder workshop in March, we talked about developing a single public-facing statement on dental complaints which all our organisations could sign up to. This statement would be used across websites and promotional material so that patients get consistent and clear messages about what to do when they have a problem with their dental treatment.

Using the information that stakeholders currently provide about complaints as a basis, we then drafted an initial statement. Following feedback from a range of stakeholders, we have amended the wording and purpose of the statement.

What will the statement now do?
The statement will be shared by national bodies who are members of the Regulation of Dental Services Programme Board and have some responsibility for patient feedback, including complaints and the raising of concerns: NHS England, the NHS Business Services Authority, the Department of Health, the Care Quality Commission, the General Dental Council and Healthwatch England.

The statement will clarify the roles of national bodies, to ensure a shared understanding of the correct route for complaints. Other relevant bodies, and providers, will be able to check the compatibility of their patient information with the statement, so that patients receive consistent and clear signposting wherever they first make an enquiry.

The primary audience for the statement is providers, who will be able to check that their patient-facing materials and processes are compatible with it. The national bodies that are signed up the statement will use it as a basis for their communication with patients.
Patients will not necessarily see the statement itself, although it is written with them in mind and we would be very happy for organisations to use it when communicating with them.

What will the statement not do?
Many stakeholders would like to see wholesale reform of the dental complaints system, including options such as a ‘common front door’ for all complaints.However, large scale reform is unlikely at this stage. The statement is therefore a pragmatic and incremental step towards providing at least ‘no wrong door’. This means that all patients – including those who take their complaint to the ‘wrong’ part of the system initially - will get better and more consistent signposting in the future than they do currently.

Why include a section on finding a dentist?
One of the most frequent complaints people make about dentistry is how to access NHS dental services in the first place. This cannot be addressed by a single surgery, and it’s important that feedback about potential undersupply gets to the right part of the system.



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