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GDC News Update

We’ve successfully prosecuted a tooth whitening company 

New guidance for employers on trainee nurses and technicians

The General Dental Council has new guidance in place for anyone employing trainee dental nurses or dental technicians.


Brush up on your rights before visiting the dentist, urges OFT

The Office of Fair Trading has today launched a new campaign to help patients understand more about their rights when visiting the dentist.


For full information, please visit http://www.oft.gov.uk/news-and-updates/press/2012/114-12

Tooth whitening statement from GDC

Please find below a link to the GDC’s detailed position statement on tooth whitening and the recent changes in EU laws.


This follows on from our press release on tooth whitening: http://www.gdc-uk.org/Newsandpublications/Pressreleases/Pages/Patients-reminded-to-see-a-dentist-when-considering-tooth-whitening.aspx




EU medical device laws to undergo revision

Thursday 11th October 2012


The European Commission has announced a revision of the legislation governing medical devices in the EU dating from the 1990s. According to the European consumer organisation BEUC, the plans will affect a wide range of products, including dental filling materials, X-ray machines and various implants.


To date, medical devices in the EU have not been subject to any premarket approval by a regulatory authority but to a conformity assessment that involves an independent third party known as a notified body. The 80 notified bodies are monitored by the 27 member states. Once certified, devices bear the CE marking. read more...


Recently, the existing directives have seen harsh criticism owing to the worldwide breast implants scandal caused by French manufacturer Poly Implant Prothèse. Earlier this year, it was found that the company had used industrial silicone instead of medical grade silicone for its breast implants, contrary to the approval issued by the notified body, according to the European Commission.

With the revision, the authorities aim to eradicate the flaws and gaps in the EU legislation, increase consumer protection, reduce risk and avoid costly recalls, said Monique Goyens, Director-General of BEUC.

The proposal includes stricter control of manufacturers and extends the definition of medical devices to include more products within the scope of the legislation. Moreover, it recommends closer monitoring of the notified bodies. A scrutiny panel is to be established for this purpose in order to assess medical devices according to certain risk-based criteria. Overall, the proposal is aimed at better product traceability.

“High-risk devices, such as implants, need much more thorough controls before being put on the market. Consumers must be given more and better information on medical devices while having the back-up of redress if things go wrong,” Goyens added.

Eucomed, a medical technology industry association that represents 22,500 European designers, manufacturers and suppliers of medical technology, however, has raised some concerns about the proposal. Although the organisation welcomes stricter control and monitoring, it believes that the measures would ultimately lead to a move towards a centralised premarket authorisation system, similar to the system found in the US, which would affect European small and medium-sized companies negatively, Eucomed stated. With a centralised premarket system, patients would have to wait three to five years longer on average for the release of a device, according to the association.

Before the regulations can be introduced, the proposal has to be approved jointly by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, which represents the governments of the member states.




H@ve Your Say

Dentistry is a fast moving sector of healthcare. The interests and safety of patients are central to the work of the UK’s dental regulator, the General Dental Council.  read more...


We need the views of patients, dental professionals and other groups of people to help us make regulation more effective and proportionate.


The National Dental Technicians’ Conference 2013

The 2013 National Dental Technicians’ Conference is the LAST in the current CPD cycle – don’t miss this opportunity to achieve top quality CPD at a bargain price. read more...


Click here to view full information (MS Word Document)

Over 10,500 dental professionals joined the voyage of discovery at BDTA Dental Showcase

Another highly successful BDTA Dental Showcase took place from 4-6th October! On each of the three days thousands of dental professionals converged on London’s ExCeL to experience all that’s new in dentistry at the UK’s largest dental exhibition. Delegates took full advantage of the opportunity to interact with and gain advice from over 330 leading dental companies each with its own on-stand experts ready to help and share their knowledge. The very latest in dental equipment, services and techniques were showcased at the event, creating a professional atmosphere for everyone to engage with the future of dentistry.   read more...


Tony Reed, Executive Director of the BDTA commented: “Once again we have enjoyed another successful year of BDTA Dental Showcase, offering delegates a ‘voyage of discovery’. The exhibition provided a positive atmosphere for business sales to thrive and business relationships to flourish, enhanced by a variety of new initiatives that proved to be of immense appeal to the dental team. We look forward to launching plans for BDTA Dental Showcase 2013.”


This year BDTA Dental Showcase featured a host of new and interactive attractions to enable all dental team members to keep up to date with the latest developments in their field.  In addition BDTA Dental Showcase saw the launch of the UK dental industry’s first interactive exhibition app for smart phones to help delegates plan their day and keep up to date.


The Mini Lecture programme featured key expert speakers discussing various topics to suit everyone’s dental needs. The 20-minute educational lectures providing verifiable CPD were extremely popular over the 3 days, covering a range of core topics and presented by influential industry speakers. Lectures taking place across the 4 dedicated stage areas ranged from “Engineers can grow new teeth” to “5 reasons why pay per click is right for your practice” and “Management of medical emergencies in practice”.  In addition, delegates could benefit from attending one of the many stand-based lectures including “Instrument failure and how to prevent it” on the Schottlander stand and “Providing the toolkit for caries prevention” on the Colgate stand.


For those who preferred a more practical learning experience, the Live Theatre demonstrations provided a fantastic opportunity for dental professionals to witness the latest procedures in dentistry. Dr John Butler and Sharon Waxkrish’s “Hypnosis for Dentistry” and Professor Anthony Roberts’ “When Perio Goes Wrong” sessions were among an impressive line-up well received by an avid audience. The Business Clinic sessions also allowed delegates to interact with experts on key business issues to improve their practice.


Delegates participating in the Tech Zone, a new opportunity for technicians, lab owners and their wider teams, enjoyed an informal area to mingle with fellow colleagues and discover the latest techniques. The Tech Talk Live panel was highly engaging, featuring leading technicians including Larry Browne, John Wibberley and Barry Appleby.


Chris Brown, Managing Director of GC UK Ltd commented, “It was a fantastic show, with great business sales and interaction with delegates – I’ve already booked my space for next year’s Showcase at the NEC Birmingham!”


BDTA Dental Showcase will take place on 17-19 October 2013 at NEC, Birmingham

Your views are needed on changes in dentistry

The General Dental Council (GDC) is asking for as many views as possible on three major consultations which could change dental regulation in the United Kingdom. All dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists have to be registered with the GDC and meet its standards throughout their careers to work legally in the UK.  read more...


Click here to read the full document (pdf opens in new tab)

HEADs up for patient trust

DTA President Barry Appleby discusses the launch of a campaign to support honest and ethical dentistry.


THE General Dental Council (GDC) and the Department of Health (DoH) are both talking about the more transparent, patient-centric dental practice in response to the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) recent findings concerning patient perceptions about dentistry, published the 29 May. read more...


The report found that on the whole patients had a high level of satisfaction with the services provided by their dentists but they commonly have ‘Insufficient information with which to make informed decisions about their choice of dentist and the treatments they receive.’ Perhaps dental professionals should be talking to patients more coherently, with less meaningless clinical jargon - or are there other areas of communication that need to be addressed?


On page 4 of the summer edition of the GDC Gazette the Council addresses two essential issues that touch directly on the future of laboratories in the UK and the legality of the provision of dental devices. The first concerns the statement of manufacture that must accompany any dental appliance provided to a patient. Patients must be told the statement exists and be offered a copy, which if they refuse to take, is recorded, filed and available at any time during the lifetime of the appliance. This is not a guideline but a legal requirement.


The information on the statement must include that the device has been made according to a prescription issued by this clinician for this specific named patient. It must state who provided the device and it must be signed off as passed fit for purpose by a regulated, compliant technician. Some argue the case for including materials used in the manufacture of the device on the statement and whether it was booked as private or NHS, but these facts are not actually required by European law.


The second issue is about people, including dentists with in-house CAD/CAM milling machines, who manufacture class 2 dental appliances ‘outside the mouth’, such as fixed bridges or crowns. Legally they must be registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and understand their legal responsibilities as manufacturer under the Medical Devices Directive 93/42/EC. Even if a dentist in his surgery makes the device for the patient, a statement of manufacture must be provided with a written prescription. The manufacturer must also provide a statement that the device in question ‘conforms to the essential requirements set out in annex 1 of the Medical Devices Directive 93/42/EC,’ and, where applicable, indicate which essential requirements have not been met and why.


We at the Dental Technologists Association (DTA) heartily welcome the GDC’s decision to clarify the situation with regard to these two issues. The statement of manufacture will be a record that any dental device has been provided by a compliant, regulated laboratory, as required by law. If patients are made properly aware of the statement and its purpose, we are certain they will be interested.


DTA members are regulated, compliant technicians (or are on a recognised training scheme) and so any DTA member who owns or runs a dental laboratory can be legally contracted to manufacture a class 2 device. However, DTA is concerned that devices are being sourced or provided by non-compliant manufacturers, and that could be detrimental to the oral health and safety of the patient - and it breaks the law!


This is not about being protective: free competition means any compliant manufacturer can enter the dental market. This is about fairness. Dentists should not be free to break the law and other dental care professionals should only operate within their scope of practice. A technician who made a denture was erased from registration ‘with immediate effect’ because he was working outside his scope of practice. What then of the dentist milling a crown who is not registered with MHRA, or a nurse who makes a vacuum-formed Essex retainer without the proper training? Scope of practice opens up the possibility for DCPs to do many more things, but their training must be suitably encompassing and fit for purpose.


Perhaps companies supplying milling machines to dentists should require proof they are registered with MHRA? Perhaps dentists who advertise a milling service in-house should be investigated for compliance or otherwise?


DTA is leading an initiative for honest, ethical, accessible dentistry and invites the dental profession to participate. Called HEADs, up this campaign asks all members of the dental team to celebrate their patient-centric stance. Honest and ethical means compliant and regulated, and all dental patients should have access to honest, ethical, compliant dentistry and nothing else. It is written into the laws of the country, it is written into the laws of our profession, it is mandated by Europe, so let’s make sure it is what our patients get.


The official launch of HEADs up will take place during BDTA Showcase. Come to the DTA stand to show your support or sign up here.

National Minimum Wage Rates

National Mimimum Wage Rates from October are as follows: read more...


£6.19 - the main rate for workers aged 21 and over

£4.98 - the 18-20 rate

£3.68 - the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18

£2.65 - the apprentice rate, for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Westminster Health Forum, Summer 2012 Report

The Westminster Health Forum seminars provided an overview of the current issues facing the dental community and the opportunity to discuss relevant issues. This summer's seminars were wide ranging...  read more...


DTA Members can read the full report by clicking here (pdf). [You must be logged in to read the report]

National Occupational Standards (NOS) Approved

Skills for Health are pleased to announce that the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Dental Nursing and Dental Technology have been approved by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.  read more...


The revised NOS also have the support of the General Dental Council as they align with the educational requirements for the Dental Nurse and Dental Technician registration categories in ‘Preparing for Practice’.


Skills for Health would like to thank everyone who participated in this project, particularly the individuals and organisations represented on the Steering and Working Groups for both Dental Nursing and Dental Technology.


What are National Occupational Standards?

NOS define what a competent person should know and be able to do when they carry out a particular work activity. NOS are used to underpin future learning and development including qualifications development and a range of workforce development activities.


Each NOS describes the knowledge and performance criteria required to effectively undertake the function being described. The knowledge and performance should be relevant every time the function is performed and for everyone that undertakes that function.


NOS are not meant to be education and learning packages, or curricular. They should be used to inform these activities. The NOS for Dental Nursing and Dental Technology will inform future qualifications which lead to registration with the General Dental Council.


For further information, please contact competences@skillsforhealth.org.uk


Related qualifications

In Scotland, as the NOS are the units within the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Level 3 in Dental Nursing, work is underway to revise this qualification ready for submission to the Scottish Qualifications Authority.


In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Awarding Organisations responsible for qualifications in Dental Nursing and Dental Technology will review the existing qualifications in light of the changes to the NOS and GDC learning outcomes.

4 ways you can have fun and help promote oral health care in the developing world

Dentaid are offering four different fundraising events for you to get involved with and help support their vital work overseas. Dentaid’s mission is to improve the oral health of disadvantaged communities around the world. By supporting one of the events below you will be joining our mission and helping to bring pain relieving care to those most in need.  read more...


1. Run the Great South Run in Portsmouth. On Sunday 28th October join the UK’s biggest 10 mile road race through Southsea, along the seafront and through the Historic Dockyard. The registration fee is £65 and you need to register with us before 14th September.


2. Walk the Test Way in Hampshire. On Sunday 14th October join us for a sponsored walk with different distances to choose from a family friendly 2 miles to a marathon 25.5 miles along the beautiful River Test.


3. Firework Ball at Crewe Hall in Cheshire. On Saturday 3rd November we will be celebrating Fireworks Night in style with a drinks reception, 3 course meal, a fabulous fireworks display and music & dancing; all for just £45 per ticket. Discounted rates to stay at Crewe Hall are available.


4. Christmas Ball at Rhinefield House in the New Forest. On Friday 7th December we invite you to join our Christmas Winter Wonderland and kick off the Christmas season in style. We have everything organised for your perfect Christmas Party; drinks reception, 3 course Christmas dinner, and music & dancing till late. Tickets cost just £55 each or book a table of ten for a bargain £500. You can even get a discounted rate to stay at Rhinefield House.


For more information or tickets please contact us soon as places are going fast. Give us a call on 01794 324249 or email our Fundraising Manager, Jacqueline at jac@dentaid.org


Visit our website www.dentaid.org or facebook page  www.facebook.com/dentaid.charity  for up to date information about Dentaid and our events.

Dental Technologists Association Announces Survey Results

Following a recent survey of members the Dental Technologists Association (DTA) this week announced its findings.


The survey was undertaken in conjunction with the British Dental Trade Association (BDTA) as part of the DTA’s plans to develop a CPD Programme for Dental Technicians at this year’s Dental Showcase.


The survey identified the following key points in relation to CPD:- read more...

  • Those who normally attend Dental Showcase said that their primary reasons for doing so were to see what’s new in the profession, to broaden their knowledge, and to find out about new skills and techniques.
  • The most popular method for collection of CPD points was through publications such as the DTA’s in house publication The Technologist, followed by attendance at seminars, lectures and/or workshops.


  • Those who attend Dental Showcase indicated a preference for CPD training held in an informal (workshop/hands-on) setting, with at least 45 minutes on each topic.
  • The preferred CPD topics were:-
    • Prosthetics
    • Crown and Bridge
    • Implants.


Barry Appleby, President of DTA, said ‘We’re delighted to be working so closely with BDTA to develop what I’m sure will prove to be a very popular element of another successful Dental Showcase.


I’d like to thank our members for participating in the survey – and in such high numbers –and assure them that their feedback will directly influence what we deliver for them at Dental Showcase.’ 


This year’s Dental Showcase will be held at the ExCeL International Exhibition and Conference Centre in London’s Docklands on 4th to 6th October 2012.


OFT calls for greater patient choice and competition in dentistry market

Visit the OFT website for full information: http://www.oft.gov.uk/news-and-updates/press/2012/43-12 (opens in new window)

Oral Cancer: Improving Early Detection becomes recommended CPD

The General Dental Council (GDC) has confirmed that Oral Cancer: Improving Early Detection is to be included as a ‘recommended’ topic in its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme.


At its meeting held on Thursday 17 May members agreed to include the topic until new CPD rules and associated guidance come into force following the current CPD review. read more...


The GDC introduced compulsory CPD for dentists in 2002 and for Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) in 2008.
Whilst the GDC has no current powers to introduce mandatory CPD topics, it has identified some ‘core’ topics that dental professionals should cover as part of their verifiable CPD. They are; medical emergencies, disinfection and decontamination and radiography and radiation protection (or materials and equipment for dental technicians).
The GDC also recommends some subjects that can be completed as verifiable or non-verifiable CPD. They are legal and ethical Issues, complaints handling and, now, Oral Cancer: Improving Early Detection.


CPD is a legal requirement of registration with the GDC and failure to meet the 250 hour requirement for dentists or 150 hour requirement for DCPs in a five year cycle could result in registrants being removed from the register and unable to practise. Registrants can check their cycle dates on the GDC website.


The GDC is currently reviewing its CPD requirements and throughout 2012 work will continue to develop a future CPD model, extensive stakeholder engagement and public consultation. All the details will be available on the GDC’s website www.gdc-uk.org


Any new CPD requirements will not be introduced before 2013.

MMU Poster Presentation Afternoon

On Wednesday 21 March our President Barry Appleby and a council member Elizabeth Garratt headed to the north west to attend Manchester Metropolitan University’s (MMU) Dental Technology Poster Presentation afternoon


Click here for full information and photos

Winners announced for National Dental Competition

After six months of anticipation, the lead up to the 2012 Dental Awards reached its grand finale on Friday 20th April, with the winners being announced at a glittering black-tie ceremony, in London.


Teams and individuals from dental practices across the UK, came together to celebrate the outstanding level of clinical care and patient service they provide, at the 14th annual Dental Awards. read more...


The ceremony, which took place at the exclusive Lancaster London Hotel, was attended by many key opinion leaders and representatives from leading oral health companies. Hosted by musical comedian, Mitch Benn, guests and finalists from across the UK, including Birmingham, Northern Ireland, Glasgow, Cornwall and London, enjoyed a gala dinner, champagne reception; four-course meal; and the Awards ceremony.


Guests were also treated to a special, surprise performance by Faith SFX, who is known as one of the best beat boxers in the UK. Guests were impressed with his “amazing talent”, with one commenting, “I think it’s great that The Dental Awards has done something completely different this year to any other awards ceremony. I’ve never seen anyone beat box before. It’s an amazing talent and was an excellent performance.”


The event, organised to showcase the best that the UK dental profession has to offer, saw winners receive a beautiful, specially designed glass trophy that can be displayed in the practice or laboratory for all to see. Shortlisted finalists also received a certificate.


Commenting on the event, Sophie-Marie Odum, chair of the judging panel and group editor at Purple Media Solutions, said, “As always, the event was a huge success. I would like to thank those who entered, and congratulate all the winners.”


The Dental Awards 2012 was organised by Purple Media Solutions Ltd (publishers of The Probe, Smile, BDNJ and dentalrepublic.co.uk). The event was sponsored by The Dental Web, Dentsply, Software of Excellence, Waterpik, Wrigley, Beverly Hills Formula and Practice Plan.


Visit http://www.smilephotography.net/events/?id=397 for images from the night.

Dental Technologists Association [DTA] submission to Skills for Health version 1.7

Click here to read the document (members only)

BDTA Dental Showcase 2012 - ‘A Voyage of Discovery’

BDTA Dental Showcase 2010 LaunchMembers of the dental press gathered at the Royal Institution in London on 9 March 2012 for this year’s BDTA Dental Showcase marketing theme launch.


The dental press gathered in the Sunley Room of the Royal Institution for drinks before Tony Reed, Executive Director of the BDTA, formerly introduced the theme of this year’s marketing campaign.



Finalists announced for national dental competition

The Dental Awards 2012 is pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s awards ceremony, which will take place on Friday April 20th, in London.


The list of finalists was compiled by a judging panel, consisting of practitioners and members of various leading dental professional associations. This year’s Awards has seen entries from across the UK, including Birmingham, Northern Ireland, Glasgow, Cornwall and London. All those shortlisted have been notified and are now gearing up to celebrate at the glittering, black-tie ceremony, taking place at the exclusive Lancaster London Hotel. read more...


Commenting on the finalists, Sophie-Marie Odum, chair of the judging panel and group editor at Purple Media Solutions, said, “We are pleased to announce the dental practices, dental laboratories, dental professionals and dental teams that have been shortlisted as finalists by judges for this year’s Dental Awards.


“Year-on-year, the standard of entries gets higher and higher, and this year was no different. We’ve received an impressive number of entries, so being selected as a finalist is an immense achievement. The judges had a tough task to complete, but it’s fantastic to know that there are so many dental professionals providing the best clinical care and patient service possible.


“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the finalists and wish them all the very best of luck on the night.”


Now in its 14th year, the Awards showcase the best in the dental profession, and recognise the achievements of both teams and individuals. Guests on the night will enjoy a gala dinner, with a champagne reception, four-course meal and the awards ceremony, presented by musical comedian, Mitch Benn.


Along with enjoying this Oscar-style evening, winners walk away with a beautiful, specially designed, glass trophy that can be displayed in the practice or laboratory for all to see. Shortlisted finalists also receive a certificate.


Speaking at last year’s ceremony, Casterbridge Dental Studio, 2011 Dental Laboratory of the Year Award winners, said, “We thoroughly enjoyed the evening ceremony. Winning the Award for Dental Laboratory of the Year 2011 just completed the whole evening.”


The Dental Awards 2012 is organised by Purple Media Solutions Ltd (publishers of The Probe, Smile, BDNJ and dentalrepublic.co.uk). The event is sponsored by The Dental Web, Dentsply, Practice Plan, Beverly Hills Formula, Software of Excellence, Waterpik and Wrigley.


If you would like to attend the Awards, or for more information, please contact Celine Peacock on 01732 371 570, or email celine.peacock@purplems.com.

Dental Protection is expanding its 'Horizons'

The nationwide roadshow visits seven venues throughout the UK


Following the resounding success of last year, Dental Protection is pleased to announce that the Horizons series will again be visiting cities throughout the UK during May and June 2012.


The team-focused evening event provides a practical look at topics that are relevant for all members of the dental team, both GDC registered and non-registered.



During May and June 2012, Horizons will visit Inverness, Aberdeen, Stirling, Southampton, Oxford, Chester and Belfast when speakers Sue Boynton, James Foster, Hugh Harvie, Alasdair McKelvie and Jane Merivale will be presenting at this year’s evening events which are entitled Three Steps to Heaven.  


There is a common misunderstanding that risk management is a tedious chore that is complicated and takes far too much time. The seminar is designed to provide lots of useful, practical advice and hot tips that can save time, as well as keeping the whole practice safer from dento-legal threats and challenges. The three main themes of this programme are:

  • Stick to what you can do well (and recognise the elephant traps)
  • Care for the patient first – then treat the teeth
  • Use every member of your team, so that they can help to keep you safer.


Kevin Lewis, Director of Dental Protection, said:

“We were overwhelmed by the response to last year’s Horizons events in the UK, and are pleased to be running more of them and visiting new venues. Our aim is to bring quality programmes closer to home for more of our members, and in that spirit this same programme has recently been taken to our members in cities across Australia.”


Including three and a quarter hours verifiable CPD, the evening will also give delegates a chance to meet some of the Dental Protection advisory team face to face in order to explore the full range of benefits available to members.


Tickets cost £60 for members and £80 for non-members. Tickets for DPL Xtra Practices and their staff are priced at just £50 per person, and accompanying staff members (dental nurses, reception team and technicians) can attend for the nominal fee of £5 per person, when accompanied by a full-paying dental professional.


Registrant views on CPD - GDC releases findings of survey

The General Dental Council (GDC) has published the findings of its recent survey exploring what registrants, stakeholders and providers think about mandatory Continuing Professional Development.

Almost 6,000 registrants responded to the online survey which was carried out by ERS: Research on behalf of the GDC as part of its wider review of CPD requirements.

Some of the key findings include:

  • Online learning is generally the preferred learning style of over half of all GDC registrants;
  • Dental Technicians find it least easy, compared to other registrant groups, to identify the right CPD for them;
  • 27% of all registrants have never had an appraisal in their current workplace;
  • When compared to other registrant groups, Dental Nurses and Dental Technicians say they find it less easy to be motivated to do CPD;
  • 65% of all registrants generally do CPD outside of working hours;
  • Time and cost are perceived as the greatest barriers to undertaking CPD;
  • 85% of registrants feel they understand the GDC’s current CPD requirements;
  • 26% of registrants want the GDC to be more prescriptive about CPD requirements in the future.

The GDC introduced compulsory CPD for dentists in 2002 and for Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) in 2008. The current requirements for both registrant categories have been in place since 2008 and the GDC felt the time was right to undertake a review.


The findings of the survey will feed into the on-going review of CPD. Throughout 2012 work will continue with an event for stakeholders in April, development of a CPD model, extensive stakeholder engagement and public consultation. All the details will be available on the GDC’s website www.gdc-uk.org


Any new CPD requirements will not be introduced before 2013.


As registered dental professionals, all registrants have a duty to keep their skills and knowledge up to date so they can give patients the best possible treatment and care. Any changes to the GDC’s CPD scheme will have an impact on registrants in the future so they are being encouraged to have their as the review continues.


General comments about CPD can be sent to CPDReview@gdc-uk.org


National Occupational Standards for Dental Technicians – input into the consultation on changes to the standards

The updating of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Dental Nurses and Dental Technicians is now on the ‘Skills for Health’ web site. You can have your say during February 2012.


Dental Nurses and Dental Technicians do need to get this out to their colleagues, into the Press and encourage such DCP’s to feedback to Skills for Health.


Click here to read the News Bulletin Jan 2012 (pdf)

GDC Request Feedback

The GDC are asking for feedback on the their Fitness to Practise procedures. Please complete the questionnaire on their website: https://response.questback.com/thegeneraldentalcouncil/rao36k4srq/


Dental Showcase 2012: Over 100 exhibitors already booked – book now to secure your stand

More than 100 exhibitors have already booked their stand for the BDTA Dental Showcase 2012, which returns to ExCeL London, the capital’s largest exhibition centre, this year. The three-day event takes place from Thursday 4 October to Saturday 6 October 2012 and is the UK’s largest dental exhibition, regularly attracting over 10,000 members of the dental team. read more...


BDTA Dental Showcase 2012BDTA Dental Showcase provides you with an opportunity to meet more members of the dental team than any other UK dental event. It attracts an audience that has primarily come to research and buy products and services, which is why it hosts more exhibitors than any competing event. Visitor numbers are BPA audited giving you confidence that the published attendance figures are factual and correct.


Tony Reed, Executive Director at the BDTA, comments, “Research has shown that exhibitions and live events provide an extremely cost effective way to meet existing and potential clients so exhibiting at Dental Showcase, the UK’s largest event in the dental calendar provides the perfect opportunity to do so.”


For more information about Dental Showcase, or to book your stand, please visit www.dentalshowcase.com.


Ticket registration will open shortly.

Association Launches Campaing to Stamp Out Illegal Dentistry

A campaign has been launched to crack down on the growing scourge of illegal dentistry across the UK.


The British Association of Clinical Dental Technology (BACDT) has created a website – www.dentureprofessionals.org - which allows consumers to find a clinical dental technician who is registered with the General Dental Council.


Unless a CDT is registered with the GDC, they are not permitted to provide dentures directly to the public.


However, there are a rising number of cases of dental technicians – as opposed to clinical dental technicians – breaching the GDC’s regulations. Dental technicians are not registered to provide dentures to consumers or work independently in a clinic. read more...


Barrie Semp, a member of the BACDT board and owner of leading denture clinic The Smile Centre, said: “The BACDT has become increasingly concerned about the rise in illegal dentistry and the website we have launched is aimed at helping to stamp out the problem.


“Our profession has very clear rules which state that only properly registered Clinical Dental Technicians are able to consult patients and provide members of the public with dentures.


“Dental technicians, while qualified, are usually based in dental laboratories or, with further training, permitted to assist CDTs or dentists.”


A Devon man recently pleaded guilty to carrying out illegal dentistry practices. Stephen Sickelmore was found to be running an illegal denture fitting and supply business from his home in Dawlish following an investigation by Devon County Council’s Trading Standards officers.


Roger Croad, a Devon County Council Cabinet Member, said: “The law protects patients by putting a strict duty of care on dental care professionals to be suitably qualified and medically competent before they can treat a patient.”


Anyone considering using the services of a Clinical Dental Technician, should visit the BACDT’s website - www.dentureprofessionals.org – and can also verify their choice of CDT by visiting the GDC’s website at www.gdc-uk.org

The Dental Awards 2012

The Dental Awards are the leading and most respected awards event recognising excellence throughout UK dentistry. Supported by four of the country’s leading dental publishers, The Dental Awards are the premier awards program in the sector. Winning or being a finalist is a tremendous accolade and provides a massive boost to the profile of your practice and your team. After all, who wouldn’t want to be treated by the Dentist or the Dental Team of the Year? read more...

BDTA Welcomes New President at Midwinter Meeting 2011

The BDTA returned to the elegant One Great George Street, London on 8 December 2011 for its annual Midwinter Meeting. As in previous years, the event attracted representatives from across the dental industry, who were interested in the business and social programme on offer.


As unsuspecting delegates gathered for morning refreshments, networking guru Will Kintish kick started the day with an interactive demonstrating how to break the ice and work the room at a business event. This was followed by an entertaining and enthusiastic presentation filled with practical tips on how to become a more confident and effective networker.



BDTA President Simon TuckerAfter a short break, Alden Arnold provided an overview of the activities of the Audit Bureau of Circulations, highlighting that their independent audit of media performance gives advertisers a valued stamp of trust.


BDTA President, Edward Attenborough, then delivered a BDTA Update summarising the achievements during his presidency before handing over to the incoming President for 2012-13, Simon Tucker. Simon thanked Ed on the Association’s behalf for his dedication and hard work as President, and announced the dates for the next BDTA Annual Conference as 21-23 June 2012, which will take place at the conveniently located Runnymede-on-Thames hotel. Brochures and booking forms will be circulated to BDTA members in January 2012.


The event concluded with a drinks reception and a delicious three-course lunch. The delegates agreed that the day was thoroughly enjoyable and informative, and in particular the relaxed atmosphere meant it was the perfect opportunity to catch up with old contacts as well as meeting new ones.

DCP Research – The Way Forward

The challenges facing DCPs seeking to undertake research, as well as the opportunities available to them were examined in a symposium entitled ‘The Way Forward’. This event held on the 3rd December 2011 was the third annual DCP Research Symposium organised by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and the British Society for Dental Hygiene and Therapy. read more...


Over 70 people including over 60 DCPs listened to a succession of speakers sharing their research experiences and findings.


The packed full-day programme featured seven speakers addressing topics including NHS funding for DCP research, undertaking a Phd and the research of dental hygienists in the Netherlands. All of the presentations from this free symposium are available on the FGDP(UK) website (www.fgdp.org.uk).


Among the people presenting the results of their research was Marina Harris, who outlined the results of a BSDHT/FGDP(UK) backed survey into dental hygienist skills usage. Harris reported that there was a demonstrable mismatch between procedures that people had been trained to do, and the degree to which those skills were utilised in areas such as taking impressions and giving ID blocks. Harris also outlined significant skills training and usage differences between Dental Hygienists and Dental Hygienists/Therapists.


The Symposium was introduced by Russ Ladwa and chaired by Ario Santini, Chair of the FGDP(UK) Research Committee. In addition to the speakers there was also a poster session, as well as breakout sessions that allowed attendees to discuss issues arising from the presentations. The event was made possible by the kind support of Proctor & Gamble and Woodside Management Services Ltd.


Feedback from the Symposium has been extremely positive. One DCP member of the FGDP(UK) said of the event: “I feel that this alone justifies the paltry membership fee”. Planning is already underway for a 4th DCP Research Symposium late in 2012.

Premier Symposium Award Winners 2011

This year’s Premier Symposium, the eleventh such event organised by Dental Protection and schülke, was the setting for the announcement of the winners of the Premier Awards 2011. This annual risk management competition has a total prize fund of £6,000 and accepts entries from projects which recognise the importance of patient safety.


This year’s competition received the largest number of entrants in its history. Congratulations go to this year’s winners:



Undergraduate prize
1st prize
Luke Blythe and Andrew Wilson, Bristol Dental School
“The potential hazards of respirable particles in dentistry”

2nd prize
Chee Keong Yeap, Western Australia Dental School
“Considerations and management of a pregnant adolescent presenting with an abscessed molar tooth”


Postgraduate prize
1st prize
Anchal Puri (Glasgow 2009) and Gillian Smith (Newcastle 2009)
“Medicines reconcilation on admission to the oral and maxillofacial surgery wards”

2nd prize
Lauren Hardwick, Sheffield, 2009
“Audit on doctors' assessment of mental capacity”


DCP prize
1st prize
Jack Colclough, Dental Hygienist
“A study into the personal protective equipment used by dentists in general dental practice”

2nd prize
Francesca Mignone, Dental Hygienist, Australia
“Minimising risk and maintaining societal trust in the dental profession”


All the entries this year were of a very high calibre and Andrew Collier, Senior Dento-legal Consultant, who presented the awards took time to encourage dentists and DCPs from all regions of the UK to participate again next year.


Kevin Lewis, Dental Director of Dental Protection said, “The entries for this year’s Awards have once again exceeded our expectations, with so many different projects being submitted by a wide variety of dental professionals from throughout the world. The Awards focus on raising the awareness and management of risks within the practice, and we are delighted that so many of this year’s entries were so relevant to many of the hot topics in dentistry.”


The Awards were presented during the annual Premier Symposium, a risk management event created for all members of the team. This year saw more than 300 dental professionals attend the day. The organisers also wish to thank Denplan, Henry Schein Minerva, Smile-on The Dentist and Wesleyan for their sponsorship of the symposium that helped to make the day possible.


If you would like to receive details of next year’s Awards you can register your interest by emailing nicola.photiou@mps.org.uk                                                                                                   

‘A welcome development’ says Dental Protection

Dental Protection welcomes the announcement from the Department of Health that there will be a public consultation about the regulation of healthcare workers with HIV that currently prevents some members of the dental profession from working normally read more...

GDC seeks new registrant Council Member

The GDC is encouraging applications from dental professionals to join the Council as registrant members.


As a registrant Council Member, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved and shape the issues affecting your profession, and work with the GDC executive to achieve high performance standards.


Candidates from all registrant groups can apply. The deadline for applications is noon on 15 December 2011.


The GDC is looking for someone who can champion its values and who is committed to promoting the highest standards of performance and ethics for dental professionals in the UK. read more...


Interested applicants will have a good understanding of the GDC’s role and the importance of regulation. They will be able to demonstrate sound judgment and effective communication skills and grasp complex information. The Council is made up of 12 registrant and 12 lay members.


Chair of the GDC, Kevin O’Brien said:

“The perspective of registrant members on the Council enables us to make sure our plans are proportionate, effective and in the best interests of patients and the public. You’ll be working directly with the GDC executive to help shape and improve key areas of its work like Fitness to Practise as well as delivering important projects such as the reviews of Standards and CPD.”


Council members are asked to commit approximately 20 days per year to the role.


For more information about the role and to hear from current Council Members about their experiences log on to www.gdc-uk.org


The recruitment itself will be carried out by the Appointments Commission which is independent of the GDC. For further information please contact the Appointments Commission via their website www.appointments.org.uk or by emailing Julie.roche@appointments.org.uk or by calling 0113 394 2975 quoting reference number: DH1219


Your views sought by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP) UK

Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP) UK - ‘Dental Care Professionals committee’ launches a novel on line survey for ALL DCP’s.


This DCP survey is a REAL opportunity dental technicians, CDT’s, Dental Nurses and all other DCP’s to state what they really want from a post registration educational provider.




Click on the link and take the FREE survey: http://kwiksurveys.com?u=DCPsurvey (opens in new window)


OFT Launches Dentistry Market Study

The OFT today [15/09/11] launched a market study which will examine whether the private and NHS dentistry markets are working well for patients... "While the OFT recognises that the UK has some of the highest standards of oral care in the world, it wants to examine concerns raised by consumer bodies such as Which? that many patients are confused over dental treatments and prices." Click here for information (pdf).

Sad News

It is with great regret that DTA announce the death of Ian Macleod MBE, former Chairman of DTETAB and President of DTA on Saturday 20 August. Ian had been suffering from cancer. Click here to read Ian's obituary.

South London Dental Laboratories Group Visit Croydon University Hospital

The South London Dental Laboratories Group concluded their 2010/2011 Season with a visit at Croydon University Hospital(Mayday). 33 members gained CPD for Medial Emergencies Health & Safety at Work.


The new season will start in September 2011 and the full program will be published soon.


We have a very long list of people, too many to keep informed of our monthly meetings which are a very INEXPENSIVE, CONVENIENT & SOCIABLE way of gaining your CPD. The only rquirement is that a membership fee of £15.00 per person per annum will get you the notices, so if you wish to be informed each month and you have not yet paid please make your cheque for £15.00 payable to South London Dental Laboratories Groupand send it c/o Alan Yardley at 24 Searchwood Road, Warlingham. Surrey CR6 9BA or for more information please telephone 01883 622229 or e-mail apc.yardley@tiscali.co.uk.

Dental Lab Day Programme Announced

Dental Lab @ Showcase is back by popular demand for 2011 and is set to be bigger and better than last year.


Endorsed by the DLA and DTA, the event will take place alongside the main exhibition hall of Dental Showcase on Saturday 22 October 2011, at the NEC, Birmingham.


The lecture programme is now available...read more... (pdf)

The GDC is looking for a dental professional to join the Council. Candidates from all registrant groups and from any part of the UK can apply

To be successful in this role, candidates will be committed to protecting patients and the public, be able to demonstrate sound judgement, grasp complex information and be an effective communicator.  Candidates will also enjoy working as part of a team with the GDC executive in the achievement of high performance standards. read more...


Council members can expect to spend approximately twenty days on Council business. This will include attending Council, committee and task and finish group meetings, training and appraisal days and stakeholder events. In addition, there can be occasional ad hoc requests to travel to the London office that can happen at relatively short notice, dictated by events.

Recruitment information


The Appointments Commission is independent of the GDC and oversees the whole recruitment process. The Appointments Commission ensures that all appointments of chairs, non-executives and members to public bodies throughout England are made in a way that is open, transparent and fair to all applicants. All appointments are made on merit.


The deadline for applications is midday on Thursday 28 July. We hope you will help us encourage applications from your membership.

CQC forced to defend dental registration

On the 28th June 2011, Care Quality Commission (CQC) Chair Dame Jo Williams DBE was forced to defend the organisation’s handling of the registration of dental providers.

After some intensive questioning by the House of Commons Health Select Committee, Conservative MP David Tredinnick (Bosworth) reminded the committee of the British Dental Association's view that that registration had been “shambolic”; he also asked whether she thought that assessment was fair. read more...

Dame Williams acknowledged that there had been difficulties with the application of CQC regulation to dentistry, and she explained that even though the organisation has a single process for registration, using it for dental practices had been cumbersome. Dental practices are being faced with constraints due to the regulations even though some of them apply less to dental practices than to hospitals.

Following sustained questioning by Labour MP Rosie Cooper on CQC’s failure to publish up-to-date information about its investigations on its website, the CQC Chair also faced a suggestion from Select Committee Chair Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP that providing this information to the public should have been a higher priority than registering dentists. However there was no explanation behind why the registration of doctors has been delayed to 2014.

DTA President visits Manchester Metropolitan University

John Stacey visits Manchester Metropolitan UniversityOn 6th April 2011 John Stacey, President of the Dental Technologists Association, visited Manchester Metropolitan University and met with around 40 dental technology students to discuss the benefits of DTA membership.


In a lively and interactive session John took the opportunity to exchange views with students on issues such as future employment prospects, the benefits of work placement, and the emerging technologies within the sector.


John said ‘I found the session extremely worthwhile and the feedback from students will certainly help shape our future services. I hope to repeat this type of event in the future, both at MMU and at other dental technology training venues in the UK’.


Ugandan dental technology student needs support

Ambrose Matsika screening at school in Uganda"Christian Relief Uganda has taken out teams of dental personnel twice a year to offer pain relief clinics in rural areas with little or no access to dental care ...


Ambrose Matsika wishes to further his education and has been offered a place as one of the twelve students on the new three-year course of Bachelor Degree in Dental Laboratory Technology at Makerere University in Kampala..." read more... [new page]

Employment Disputes Prompt Calls to DTA Legal Helpline

A recent study of use of the Legal Advice Helpline for DTA members shows that 75% of calls received are about employment issues - whether it’s around long term absence, disciplinary hearings, or dismissal. These are often difficult to handle, usually very time consuming, and can get quite unpleasant, especially if not managed properly!!


Next most frequent for calls to the helpline was for advice on contractual issues with customers. This again can be difficult to handle and whatever the outcome can often result in the customer going elsewhere in the future. read more...


Here are some simple rules which can help avoid getting into these situations:-

  • Make sure that Contracts of Employment are in place and up-to-date for every employee, including part-time and temporary staff, and irrespective of their level of seniority.
  •  Make sure that your Disciplinary Procedures are up-to-date and accessible to all employees.
  • Follow your Disciplinary Procedures to the letter, and at every stage (including after every meeting) confirm the position in writing.
  • Keep your staff files, including absence records, disciplinary records etc up-to-date at all times because they’ll prove to be invaluable if an issue arises at some point in the future.
  • Draw up and publish an Absence Policy and follow it. This ideally should  link with your Disciplinary Procedures.
  • Make sure all communication with customers is clear and easy to understand, and give the earliest possible notice of any charges they will incur, and of any changes to your normal terms and conditions.
  • State your payment terms on each and every invoice.
  • Issue invoices in a timely manner and follow up if it remains unpaid – don’t leave it for months on end before reminding. And ring up to remind – most people respond more readily to a gentle reminder by phone than to a letter.

And finally, use the legal advice line sooner rather than later – don’t wait until you’re at the door of the court before ringing – early advice could save you time and money.


You can ring the DTA Legal Helpline 24 hours a day – please see the reverse of your membership card for details.

Expert witnesses could face new dento-legal risks

The longstanding principle that an expert witness is immune from being sued was overturned in the recent Supreme Court decision of Jones v Kaney. Having lost their immunity, experts are now exposed to the risk of being sued in respect of evidence given in court, says Dental Protection. read more...


Kevin Lewis, Dental Director said: “Time will tell if the removal of expert witness immunity will lead to a significant increase in claims against expert witnesses. Members of Dental Protection are protected by an indemnity that extends to expert witness work and we will be closely monitoring the impact of this recent decision.”


“As a matter of good practice, expert witnesses should follow the relevant guidelines and rules, including the Civil Procedure Rules and the General Dental Council’s guidance. Provided they follow these guidelines and standards, allegations of negligence can be rebutted.”


Mr Lewis added: “We would advise members who are involved in expert witness work to keep us fully informed about the type and extent of professional work they are doing, so that they have access to the appropriate indemnity at all times.”

Dental Protection expand its ‘Horizons’ - The Nationwide Roadshow visits venues across the UK

Following the resounding success of last year’s events, Dental Protection is pleased to announce that the Horizons series will again be visiting cities around England, Wales and Northern Ireland during September 2011. read more...


The team-focused evening event provides a practical look at topics that are relevant for all members of the dental team, both GDC registered and non-registered.


Speakers Brian Edlin, Stephen Henderson, Jane Merivale and Alasdair McKelvie will be presenting at the evening events which this year will be entitled Choices.  During September 2011, Horizons will visit Exeter, Elstree, Cardiff, Leeds, Blackpool and Belfast.


In a difficult economic environment, this is a challenging and difficult time for most dental health professionals. Regulation, scrutiny and accountability is increasing and change is all around us. This creates uncertainty and unseen risks at a time when economic considerations will also affect patients’ choices and their expectations of treatment outcomes. This seminar is designed to explain important facts, dispel some dangerous myths and provide powerful insights into several important areas of patient care which are also potentially important medico-legally.


Kevin Lewis, Director of Dental Protection, said,
“We were overwhelmed by the response to last year’s Horizons events in the UK, and are pleased to be running more of them and visiting new venues. Our aim is to bring quality programmes closer to home for more of our members, and in that spirit this same programme has recently been taken to our members in seventeen cities all over Australia.”

Including 2.5 hours verifiable CPD the evening will also give delegates a chance to meet some of the Dental Protection advisory team face to face in order to explore the full range of benefits available to members.


Tickets cost £60 for members and £80 for non-members. Tickets for DPL Xtra Practices and their staff are priced at just £50 per person, and accompanying staff members (dental nurses, reception team and technicians) can attend for the nominal fee of £5 per person, when accompanied by a full-paying dental professional.

Government Launches NHS Listening Exercise

Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley today launched the Government’s listening exercise on NHS modernisation.


Setting out the Government’s desire to modernise the NHS with the support of patients, the public and health professionals, Andrew Lansley today announced that engagement over the coming weeks will focus on: read more...

  • The role of choice and competition for improving quality;
  • How to ensure public accountability and patient involvement in the new system;
  • How new arrangements for education and training can support the modernisation process; and
  • How advice from across a range of healthcare professions can improve patient care.

Speaking at the launch, Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“I believe passionately in the NHS. It is our most precious national asset. And it is precisely for this reason that we want to safeguard the NHS for future generations.  But we also recognise that there are some big questions about what we’re doing. 


“This listening exercise is a genuine chance to make a difference. Where there are good suggestions to improve the legislation, those changes will be made.  But let me be clear, it is only through modernisation that can we protect the NHS and ensure the country has a truly world-class health service.”


The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

“The NHS is our most cherished national institution and this Government will never waver from the basic principle that you get treatment when you need it. Not when you can afford it. At the heart of our reforms are some simple common sense ideas – less bureaucracy, more power to local communities and more responsibility to those who know most about their patients. These ideas stay true to the vision of the founders of the NHS.


“But there are concerns that need to be addressed and some people have come forward with good proposals to improve our plans. That is why we are taking the time to pause and listen so we can build a better NHS for the future.”

Andrew Lansley today also announced that a new group of patient representatives, doctors and nurses will be brought together to listen and report back to Government.


Chaired by Birmingham GP and former Royal College of General Practitioners Chairman Steve Field, the new 'NHS Future Forum’ will provide a valuable channel for the thoughts and opinions of patients and staff on the ground.


Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:

“Good progress has been made so far in modernising the NHS, such as the 6,500 GP practices and 90 per cent of local authorities signing up to play their part in improving services for patients.


“We are taking the opportunity of a natural break in the passage of the Bill to pause, listen, reflect and improve. This will help realise our ultimate goal of modernising the NHS to protect it for the future.


“This is an opportunity for people to share their views and have their voices heard."


Steve Field, the Chair of the new NHS Future Forum said:

"It’s a great pleasure to chair the NHS Future Forum.   Listening to people on the ground is vital, and I see this as a real chance for people to have their say in shaping the future of the NHS."


Patients and the public wishing to leave their own feedback and find out more about the Government’s modernisation plans can visit the website


Read the NHS Reform Pamphlet (pdf)

Four practices win £500 each


Change4LifeWell over 2000 completed questionnaires have now been returned by the general public and four practices responsible for generating some of these responses have been selected at random as winners of the BDTA member gift voucher prizes.


The lucky winners were:

  1. The Robert Wakefield Dental Surgery, Driffield
  2. Ghyllmount Dental, Penrith
  3. Naidu & Naidu Dental Care, Essex
  4. The Dental Care Centre, London


Tony Reed, Executive Director at the BDTA, comments, “Many dental practices were keen to be actively involved with the BDTA’s Change4Life campaign which was very encouraging as it was a perfect way to get children interested in dental health. Thank you to all the practices who promoted the campaign and congratulations to the winners!”



For further information on the BDTA visit www.bdta.org.uk.

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency launches web page

As part of a continuing drive to support healthcare professionals, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (the Executive Agency of the Department of Heath responsible for the regulation of safety of medical devices) has launched a webpage specifically targeting staff working in dentistry. The page includes guidance, safety alerts and links to educational material to assist in the safe use and management of medicines and medical devices.


The page also includes an email alerting service to alert subscribers when a section is updated, eliminating the need to frequently check for updated information.


Visit the MHRA website here