News Archive :: News from 2016
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.
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.
25th November 2016Dental Nurse Lizzie Boon wins ‘Spot the Fake’ Competition
The BDIA is pleased to announce that Lizzie Boon,qualified dental nurse and Quality Assurance Auditor for the National Examining Board of Dental Nurses (NEBDN) has won the latest ‘Spot the Fake’ competition, which was held at BDIA Dental Showcase 2016.
The competition challenged members of the dental team to correctly identify genuine and counterfeit dental devices as part of the BDIA’s award winning Counterfeit and Substandard Instruments and Devices Initiative (CSIDI), which has recently partnered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to help stamp out counterfeit and non-compliant equipment.
As the winner of the competition, Lizzie was awarded £500 to spend with a BDIA member of her choice, and put the money to gooduse by choosing to purchase subscriptions to Dental Nursing for herself and colleagues at NEBDN.
Commenting on the competition, Lizzie said, “Seeing the fake equipment next to the real thing definitely makes you think about where the products come from and how important it is to purchase quality equipment from a reputable supplier in order to safely protect users and patients”.
The CSIDI campaign continues to highlight the danger of counterfeit and non-compliant dental equipment and the risk involved in purchasing from unknown sources. BDIA Policy and Public Affairs Director, Edmund Proffitt, commented, “Counterfeit dental devices pose a real risk to patients as well as the professionals using them. We’re pleased that the competition and CSIDI campaign have had such a positive response from the dental team and look forward to continuing this important work in partnership with the MHRA”.
21st November 2016New toolkit lets dentists build on antibiotic prescribing success
As new statistics reveal a fall in prescribing of antibiotics by clinicians across all NHS healthcare settings, dentists’ leaders have called on colleagues to build on this success by using a new toolkit to support effective antimicrobial stewardship.
The toolkit, which includes an easy self-audit tool and patient-facing posters and leaflets, was developed as a collaboration between the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP (UK)), the British Dental Association (BDA) and Public Health England (PHE), and builds on pioneering work from NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Local Dental Network.
With the number of people dying annually from antibiotic-resistant infections predicted to rise to 10 million by 2050, resistance to antibiotics represents one of the biggest threats to global health. Dentists issue around 9% of all antibiotic prescriptions in NHS primary care, and 5% of the NHS total, and since 2015, healthcare providers have had a statutory duty to ensure appropriate antimicrobial use to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance.
However, the latest report from PHE’s English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance (ESPAUR) shows that despite progress on prescribing, antibiotic resistance in the UK is still on the rise.
The free toolkit is now available to download from both the FGDP and BDA websites, and the organisations are asking dentists to mark European Antibiotic Awareness Day by making a pledge to audit their management of dental infections.
FGDP(UK) Dean, Dr Mick Horton, said:
“Dentists have a vital role to play in keeping antibiotics working. Audit helps us fulfil our professional responsibility only to prescribe antibiotics when it is appropriate to do so, and the new tool is an easy way to measure our practice against clinical guidance, and identify, implement and sustain any changes we need to put in place. Developing this tool has been a long-standing ambition of the Faculty, and I would like to thank Dr Nick Palmer, FGDP(UK)’s AMR Lead, for his enormous contribution to this work.”
BDA Chair, Mick Armstrong, said:
“Our profession is showing real leadership in the fight against antibiotic resistance, and this new toolkit gives all dentists the chance to play their part. It contains all the tools colleagues need to track and monitor prescribing patterns, stay compliant and help patients understand when antibiotics are appropriate.”
Steven Korb, a GDP in Liverpool and chair of the Cheshire & Merseyside Local Dental Network said:
“Becoming involved with the toolkit, as well as joining in Peer Review discussion with all of the dental team has been one of the most worthwhile, enjoyable and unifying activities I have undertaken since qualifying. When now thinking of prescribing antibiotics I routinely ask myself three questions: is it really necessary, is it really necessary, is it really necessary?”
17th November 2016FGDP(UK) says dentists are best-placed to detect mouth cancer
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is supporting Mouth Cancer Action Month by highlighting the critical role of dentists in detecting mouth cancers.
The incidence of oral cancer in the UK has risen by a third in the last decade to over 7,000 per annum - or 20 diagnoses a day - and numbers are expected to continue increasing. However if the disease is detected and treated early, survival rates over five years can almost double.
The FGDP(UK) says general dental practitioners are uniquely placed to check for signs of oral cancer during the routine examination, and to make referrals where they suspect a patient may have cancer or a pre-cancerous lesion. It cautions however that reassuring, supporting and encouraging patients to attend referral appointment is not straightforward when patients may be alarmed, and recommends putting simple measures in place in practices.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends that people with suspected cancer who are referred to a cancer service are given written information encouraging them to attend, and the Faculty suggests that oral health professionals and dental practices can help speed up diagnosis for suspected cancer by make suitable pre-prepared written information, such as the NHS’s patient information for urgent referrals leaflet, available for patients.
As part of Mouth Cancer Action Month, FGDP(UK) is also supporting the campaign for the NHS childhood immunisation programme to extend provision of the Human Papilloma Virus vaccination to include boys as well as girls. HPV is responsible for 5% of all cancers, and almost half of the 2,000 men diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer every year in the UK die from the condition within five years, yet the HPV Action campaign group says immunising boys would cost the taxpayer only £22m a year.
Dr Mick Horton, Dean of the Faculty, said:
“Mouth Cancer Action Month is a vital opportunity to highlight the profession’s role in helping improve diagnosis, and ultimately, survival rates, for oral cancers. There are many useful resources available to help the profession communicate effectively with our patients, and we should consider making them easily available within our practices.”
16th November 2016Stronger action needed on fizzy drinks, says FGDP(UK)
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) says that a newly-published study* underlines the need for stronger action to reduce the consumption of sugar from fizzy drinks.
The analysis of the sugar and calories in sugar-sweetened carbonated drinks, conducted by the Action on Sugar campaign group and published in the BMJ Open, reveals that the average 330ml can contains more sugar than an adult's recommended daily maximum intake of 30g (equivalent to 7.5 teaspoons), with some containing over 52g (12 teaspoons).
FGDP(UK) is supporting the authors' calls for further steps to be taken to cut the amount of sugar consumed from fizzy drinks in order to reduce the incidence of obesity, type 2 diabetes and dental caries.
The Faculty's Dean, Dr Mick Horton, said:
“The recent news that some manufacturers and supermarkets are reformulating their soft drinks ranges is welcome, and shows that the Sugar Tax is working even before its implementation. However the fact that the average fizzy drink contains more sugar than an adult should consume in an entire day, and three-quarters of them contain more than a child's recommended maximum, proves they simply cannot form part of a healthy and balanced diet, and stronger action is needed.
“Further restrictions on advertising of high sugar drinks, and a ban on price promotions, would help stop tens of thousands of children having to be hospitalised to have their teeth extracted, and if the government makes reformulation to under 5g of sugar per 100ml mandatory, the savings to the NHS will far outstrip the tax foregone, and more importantly the nation’s health will be improved.”
*Click here for the study: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/11/e010874.full
21st November 2016New Guidance Documents available
Six new policy documents are now available to members in the Guidance Documents area of this website
- Communications, Email and Internet Policy
- Data Protection Policy
- Grievance Procedure
- Maternity Policy
- Paternity Leave Policy
- Shared Parental Leave Policy
They can be found under the Human Resources > Other section
13th November 2016Dental leaders join forces to keep antibiotics working
Organisations from across dentistry and other health sectors have come together to ask oral health professionals to support European Antibiotic Awareness Day and World Antibiotic Awareness Week by joining their social media ‘Thunderclap’.
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), the British Dental Association and the Association of Clinical Oral Microbiologists, supported by Public Health England, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and the Antibiotic Action initiative, are asking their members to sign up at the Antibiotic Prescribing Pledge webpage and commit to help keep antibiotics working by auditing their management of oral and dental infections. The site will then post a message of support on their Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr profiles to help raise awareness among fellow professionals and the general public.
Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem that leads to antibiotics no longer being effective in treating even simple infections, with serious consequences for everyone, but particularly those undergoing major surgery, chemotherapy, organ or stem cell transplants. Every year, 25,000 people across Europe and 700,000 worldwide die from antibiotic-resistant infections, and the government predicts the annual global toll could be 10 million by 2050 – more than all deaths from cancer.
In the UK, dentists account for 9% of antibiotics prescribed in community healthcare. Auditing the management of dental infections can help reduce the number of antibiotics prescribed inappropriately - such as in response to patient demand, or in the absence of systemic signs of infection - and the FGDP(UK) publishes free online guidance to help dentists decide when they are required. A new audit tool for General Dental Practitioners, developed with Public Health England, will also soon be available on the FGDP(UK) and BDA websites.
The organisations say that dentists can help their patients understand that for dental pain, dental care is usually a more effective treatment than antibiotics, and that when antibiotics are prescribed, taking and disposing of them responsibly can help fight the rise in antibiotic-resistant infections.
FGDP(UK) Dean, Dr Mick Horton, said, “Spreading the word about antimicrobial resistance will help save lives, maybe even your own or that of someone close to you. Please take a minute to help keep antibiotics working by joining our Thunderclap.”
BDA Chair Mick Armstrong said: “Effective antimicrobial stewardship is the best way to meet this clear and present danger to public health. We all need to play our part, and you can start by getting this vital message out.”
Dr Sandra White, Director of Dental Public Health at Public Health England, added: “The Antibiotic Guardian campaign is co-ordinating our World-leading efforts to help the public and healthcare professionals ensure antibiotics are prescribed only when necessary, and taken and disposed of responsibly. Primary care dentists in the UK prescribe 3.7 million courses of antibiotics every year, and we are delighted to be working with the FGDP(UK), the BDA and other leading organisations to help them play their part in tackling antimicrobial resistance.”
7th November 2016Updated Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Factsheet Available
An updated Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Rights Factsheet is now available to members in the "Guidance Documents" area of this website.
It can be found under the Human Resources > Other heading
4th November 2016Band 6 Specialist Dental Technician required
For full information please visit the Jobs Page.
4th November 2016Cardiff Dental Technology 50th Year Anniversary Celebration
Former Cardiff Dental Technology students were invited back to Cardiff to help celebrate 50 years of dental technology training in the Welsh capital, 1966-2016
There have been many changes over the last 50 years in the training methods employed to train dental technicians in Wales and vast improvements made to the training facilities at the Llandaff Campus site.
For more information please view the pdf
4th November 2016Mouth Cancer Action Month - November 2016
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4th November 2016NEBDN welcomes new trustees
The National Examining Board for Dental Nurses welcomed four new trustees to its Board of Trustees at its recent Annual General Meeting. Julie Curtis, Thomas MacGregor, Barry Mitchell and David Young have all joined NEBDN at a time of growth and ambition as the organisation strives to provide the very best education for the dental nursing profession across the globe.
Over recent years the NEBDN has become a major force in the field of dental nursing education and now offers candidates the widely acclaimed National Diploma in Dental Nursing, as well as six post-registration qualifications that cover the spectrum of advanced dental nursing topics. Having relocated from their previous base in Fleetwood earlier in the year, and now firmly settled into their more modern, accessible premises in Preston, NEBDN continues to attract high calibre trustees with a fantastic range of experience and skills.
Sue Barker, NEBDN Acting Chief Executive said: “NEBDN now offer more qualifications than ever before and we have ambitious growth plans to continue to develop so that we remain at the forefront of dental nursing education. We welcome Julie, Thomas, Barry and David to the NEBDN Board of Trustees. Our new and existing trustees, working alongside our committed staff team, bring vital skills and knowledge to drive the organisation forward. We recently held a valuable trustee and staff strategy session, enabling an interesting exchange of ideas resulting in some innovative development plans. We look forward to exciting times ahead, working closely with the Board to realise these plans.”
Two long serving members, Ian Bennington and Beverley Coker stepped down from the NEBDN Board of Trustees at the recent Annual General Meeting. Ian who qualified as Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1961 has served as a trustee for NEBDN for six years, but has worked with the organisation for over 30 years. Ian has had a distinguished career in the dental profession, holding a number of senior clinical positions, trustee positions as well as being an external examiner for many UK dental schools. Beverley qualified at the Royal Dental Hospital, London in 1985 and in 1993 was appointed as an examiner, becoming a trustee in 2002. While Beverley has stepped down as a trustee, she will continue to work with NEBDN as OSCE Team Lead on the National Diploma Committee.
Marie Parker, Chair of the NEBDN Board of Trustees said, “I would like to express my sincere thanks to both Ian and Beverley for their immense contribution to NEBDN over the years. They have seen much change and have been invaluable in helping to steer NEBDN through these changes. On behalf of NEBDN and the Board of Trustees, I wish them all the very best for the future.”
25th October 2016Student professionalism and fitness to practise - launch of new guidance
We are very pleased to launch our new supportive guidance for students on student professionalism and fitness to practise. Here students can find information on what is means to be professional when they are training and why this is important for the patients they will provide care or treatment for.
The guidance can be found on a new student professionalism resource area on the GDC website, containing:
· Introduction for student dental professionals
· Full guidance for student dental professionals
· Case studies on student professionalism
· FAQs and support information
The PDF can be viewed here: Student_professionalism_and_fitness_to_practise_-_launch_of_new_guidance.pdf
17th October 2016FGDP(UK) calls for sugar tax on milkshakes
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP(UK)) says high sugar milk-based drinks should not be exempt from the government’s planned sugar tax. Responding to a Treasury consultation on the tax’s implementation, the FGDP(UK) argues that despite the nutritional benefits of milk, the large amount of added sugar in flavoured milk drinks means they are “likely to carry far greater disbenefits than benefits to children’s health”.
Milk is a vital source of protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iodine, vitamin B2 and vitamin B12, and the FGDP(UK) recognises its nutritional importance, particularly for young children. However, the Faculty points out that a 300-500ml bottle of milkshake will typically contain at least the 35g (nine teaspoons) of sugar found in a 330ml can of cola, and in many cases over 60g (fifteen teaspoons) of sugar – over twice the recommended maximum total sugar intake of 24g a day for 7 to 10 year olds, and three times the 19g a day maximum recommended for 4 to 6 year olds.
The new government has reaffirmed its commitment to the tax, which will charge manufacturers 18 pence per litre for drinks with total sugar content above 5 grams per 100ml, and 24 pence per litre for those above 8 grams per 100ml.
However, drinks containing 75% milk are to be exempt, and the FGDP(UK) says this proportion is far too low, as most high sugar milkshakes contain at least 90% milk. The Faculty is calling on the government to raise the threshold to 95%, in line with the requirements of the School Food Standards, as this would encourage manufacturers to reformulate their products, and consumers to switch to no-added-sugar alternatives.
Dr Mick Horton, the Faculty’s Dean, said:
“Drinks are now children’s biggest dietary source of sugar. A quarter of 5 year olds have tooth decay, rising to one in three among 12-year-olds, and tooth extraction is the number one reason children are hospitalised. As dentists, we know that children should be encouraged to drink water and pure milk, and Public Health England agrees that sugary drinks have no place in a child’s daily diet.
“The sugar tax is a major public health measure with the potential to help tackle high levels of child tooth decay, but exempting high-sugar milk drinks risks parents and children just switching from one high sugar drink to another in the mistaken belief that milkshakes are a healthy alternative. The government should require drinks to be at least 95% milk to be exempt from the sugar tax, and in the longer term it should remove the milk exemption altogether.”
17th October 2016BDIA Dental Showcase – Another great success
BDIA Dental Showcase has again delivered a show worthy of its reputation as the premier event on the dental industry calendar.
With many exhibitors reporting excellent on-stand sales, visitor figures for this year’s Showcase have also shown that the dental industry is in good health with practices and practitioners happy to apply many of the technological advances they have discovered at BDIA Dental Showcase 2016.
Michael Cann, President of the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) and Managing Director of Septodont, is delighted with the numbers of visitors that they have seen at this year’s show and said, “Our stand this year has focused on our new online CPD training that will allow practices to be compliant with the 2013 Sharps Legislation using our new needle-stick injury prevention devices, which has had a very good response from visitors.”
Sonia Tracey, Vice President of the BDIA and Managing Director of W&H, commented, “The visitors we have seen at our stand this year have done their homework before coming to the show, which makes our work so much better as we can offer them more detailed information and products that are useful back in their practice. This has also allowed us to spend quality time with them to ensure they get all the information they need. We couldn’t have asked for better.”
Charlie Fuller, Sales and Marketing Manager at OralB, is very happy with year’s Showcase, saying “BDIA Dental Showcase is an incredible event for us. It gives us one-to-one time with practitioners who work with our products and who will be advising patients on which of our products will work best for them.”
Alun Dabner, Brand Manager of Colgate, said “We have had an excellent show this year with visitor and sales figures at our stand looking really healthy. Our on-stand lectures have been very well attended which has fitted in really well with our education focus for the show.”
With the announcement that next year’s show will be organised under the auspices of the Mark Allen Group and George Warman Publications, 2017 will certainly be a very exciting year to look forward to.
11th October 2016BDEF/BDIA Young Communicators Award 2016
British Dental Editors Forum (BDEF) Chair, Professor Kenneth A. Eaton, announced the winners of this year's BDEF/BDIA Young Communicators Award at the recent BDIA Dental Showcase held at London’s ExCEL.
This year’s winner was Kreena Patel, a London based Kings College Postgraduate Endodontic student, for a paper on the reimplantation of a tooth published in the Primary Dental Journal in May 2016.
Second place was awarded to Edward Sinclair, a Dental Core Trainee in Dental Public Health, Health Education England, for a paper on Brexit published in the British Dental Journal also in May 2016.
BDIA President, Mike Cann presented the awards and commented, “It was a delight to present this year’s awards to Kreena and Edward, who are both very capable young writers. Congratulations in particular must go to Kreena for this year’s winning article”.
17th October 2016Straumann Digital Performance Tour Dates Announced
The dates of the Straumann Digital Performance Tour have been announced
They can be found on the Events Page of this website
11th October 2016MHRA joins forces with BDIA to stamp out dental counterfeits
UK medical device regulator, the Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), is joining forces with the British Dental Industry Association’s (BDIA) award winning Counterfeit and Substandard Instruments and Devices Initiative (CSIDI) to launch a new advertising and awareness campaign to help stamp out counterfeit dental devices
Alastair Jeffrey, MHRA Head of Enforcement, comments, “The MHRA is responsible for protecting public health and we have seen a worrying trend in the number of websites offering to supply dentists with unregulated and potentially dangerous equipment. Dental patients are entitled to expect quality care, including the standard of the instruments and devices used by dental professionals.
“We are pleased to be adding our authority and resources to the new joint campaign with the dental industry to tackle this serious issue.
“It is vital that dentists and dental staff buy equipment from bona fide suppliers and avoid unapproved or counterfeit devices. I urge all dental professionals to be cautious of seemingly cheap devices which may be unfit for purpose and potentially dangerous to patients and the staff that use them.”
This exciting new joint venture will see hard hitting advertisements regularly appearing in the dental press from November, backed up by a digital campaign and informative articles for the whole dental team.
BDIA Policy and Public Affairs Director, Edmund Proffitt adds, “The BDIA is delighted that the MHRAis joining the campaign. Together we can make a real difference educating dentists to the dangers of counterfeit devices, ensuring that they can buy with confidence and eradicating these dangerous and fake products from dentistry.”
This joint action by the MHRA and BDIA, supported by the dental profession, is promoting a very simple message: Counterfeit and non-compliant dental instruments and devices are potentially dangerous to patients and users and it is strongly recommended that all purchases, however small, are made from a reputable supplier and that all suspect devices are reported to the appropriate authorities at the earliest opportunity. All reporting can be done via the MHRA’s simple ‘Yellow Card’ system – www.yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk
5th October 2016Plans revealed to remove address details from the register
At a General Dental Council (GDC) meeting today (5 October), the Council agreed that from 10 October, all postal address details will be removed from the online register of dental professionals.
This means that the registration number will be the primary method to identify a registered dental professional, so the requirement to display the registration number, as set out in our Standards will be even more important.
The Council has today amended the Rules allowing all postal address and location details to be removed from individual records.
The online register will now contain the registration status of the dental professional, the registration number and qualifications.
Commenting on today’s Council decision, Ian Brack, Chief Executive of the GDC, said: “There will need to be a greater emphasis on the registration number, which will now be the main method to identify a registered dental professional.
“As set out in our Standards for the Dental Team, we are reminding dental professionals to display their number prominently where a patient can see it, or if this isn’t possible, provided if requested.
“Removing all address details from the register brings the GDC in line with other professional healthcare regulators, balancing our role in patient safety and ensuring the public have confidence in dental services, with the need to treat dental professionals fairly by not disclosing their personal information.
“We want to work with the profession to encourage them to display and use their registration number so that when patients visit them they are confident that they are being treated by someone who is registered with the GDC.”
This decision to remove all address details followed a consultation in the Spring with key stakeholders; including patients and dental professionals, which was responded to by over 2,500 individuals. In July 2016, the GDC Council agreed the online register will no longer contain any address details.
7th October 2016National Dental Nursing Conference
The National Dental Nursing Conference is to be held at the Blackpool Hilton on 28th/29th October.
For more information please visit the Events page.
14th September 2016New Payscales Published
The new DTA recommended Pay Scales are now available on the Guidance Documents page of this website under the Human Resources > Other section
13th September 2016MASS OBSERVATION – Your profession, Your experiences, Your opinions
This October the FGDP(UK) is undertaking an ambitious initiative called the ‘Mass Observation’ project. Subtitled ‘Your profession, Your experiences, Your opinions’ the project aims to capture a snapshot of the dental profession in 2016.
Everyone in dentistry, from receptionists to practice owners, is invited to submit their experiences about one particular day working in dentistry. The official Mass Observation Day is Wednesday 12th October but people can choose to talk about any day in the week of the 10th to the 16th October.
Although a small amount of demographic data will be gathered all submissions are anonymous, enabling people to be as candid as possible. The two main questions are deliberately very open:
- What did you do today?
- What are your thoughts on the profession?
Within the parameters of those two questions people can write whatever they want, providing they do not breech patient confidentiality.
The main anticipated outcome from the project is a wealth of anecdotal evidence about dentistry in 2016, and what those involved in the practice of dentistry think about the profession. Whatever themes emerge will be examined in a report to be produced as part of the FGDP(UK)’s 25th anniversary celebrations in 2017.
Dean of the FGDP(UK) Dr Mick Horton said:
“This project was inspired by the Mass Observation Project that ran for nearly three decades from 1937. Ordinary people shared snapshots of their lives, and in doing so created an invaluable treasure trove of social history. The FGDP(UK) now wants to create something similar to help us celebrate general dental practice during our 25th anniversary next year.
We want the whole profession to get involved, not just Faculty members. Dentistry is a wonderful and diverse profession, full of people with fascinating experiences and strong views to share. We want to hear from them all.”
To take part visit www.massobservation.org.uk
People will have until the 31st October to submit their contributions.
13th September 2016Experienced Prosthetic technician required
An excellent opportunity for an experienced Technician who can produce both private and NHS prosthetics to a high standard, looking to progress their career
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30th August 2016Priya wins ‘Spot the Fake’ challenge
The BDIA is pleased to announce that dentist Priya Soneji of Woodhall Farm Dental Practice, Hemel Hempstead is the winner of its latest ‘Spot the Fake’ competition featured on the BDIA stand at the BDA Dental Conference and Exhibition 2016.
Priya, who has been with the Woodhall Farm Dental Practice for a year, commented, “I was delighted when I was told I had won the competition. It is so important that, as dentists, we can spot fake equipment and make our purchases from trusted suppliers”.
The popular competition, organised as part of the BDIA’s award winning Counterfeit and Substandard Instruments and Devices Initiative (CSIDI), challenged members of the dental team to correctly identify a range of genuine and counterfeit dental devices. The competition drew a high level of interest and highlighted the difficulty of recognising when a piece of equipment is counterfeit or substandard, underscoring the importance of buying from a reputable supplier.
As the winner of the competition Priya was given £500 to spend with a BDIA member of her choice at Dental Showcase 2016.
The BDIA’s CSIDI campaign continues to stress the importance of purchasing from reputable suppliers and the advantage of being able to get ‘hands-on’ with equipment at BDIA Dental Showcase, as well as encouraging members of the dental team to report any suspect equipment.
19th August 2016FGDP(UK) & FDS: obesity plan a missed opportunity to tackle the rise in child dental extractions
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP(UK)) and the Faculty of Dental Surgery have welcomed confirmation of the proposed tax on sugary drinks, but say they are disappointed that the government’s new Childhood Obesity Action Plan has otherwise ignored oral health and failed to deliver Public Health England’s other recommendations to reduce the nation’s sugar intake.
The Sugar Levy, announced earlier this year, will impose a tiered tax on sugary soft drinks other than fruit juices and milk - adding for instance 48 pence to the price of a two litre bottle of lemonade - which will raise £520m a year from 2018. However, this was only one of eight recommendations made by Public Health England in response to the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s guidance that sugar should be reduced to 5% of energy intake.
The government’s new Childhood Obesity Action Plan, despite taking years to materialise, runs to only 13 pages and has ignored recommendations to curb price promotions and tighten advertising restrictions for high sugar products, and watered down the call for mandatory reformulation into a voluntary programme.
FGDP(UK) Dean, Dr Mick Horton, responded:
“Eating and drinking too much sugar can cause tooth decay, obesity, type-2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and even cancer, yet as a nation we consume a third more than we did 25 years ago and almost three times the recommended amount. A single can of cola contains more than a child’s reference intake of sugar for an entire day, so is it any surprise that two in ten children in England are obese by the time they leave primary school, or that tooth extraction is the primary reason why children are admitted to hospital?
“While we’re pleased to see the commitment to the Sugar Levy, in not restricting advertising and price promotions, nor investing in providing dietary and preventative oral health advice, the government has missed a golden opportunity to empower the public to make healthier choices and tackle the rise in avoidable dental extractions.”
Professor Nigel Hunt, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, said:
“We have continually drawn attention to the impact sugar has on children’s oral health. While we welcome the proposed sugar tax as a big step forward, although the revenue it raises could be used to fund more oral health programmes, the lack of ambition outlined in this Government document leaves a sour taste in the mouth of dentists who have fought hard for tougher measures. The average five year old child eats their own weight in sugar each year so it is crystal clear that much more needs to be done. We will continue to push new ministers hard on further action to protect the nation’s oral health.”
17th August 2016New Guidance Document available
A set of Guidance Documents relating to Sickness and Absence management are now available on the Guidance Documents page
These can be found under the Human Resources title in a new section on the Guidance Documents page
There is also a new document on the Stages of a GDC FTP hearing which can be found under the Regulatory heading on the same page.
3rd August 2016Crown & bridge technician required in modern laboratory in Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Applicant must have 5 year's experience and knowledge of metal and ceramic work - excellent offer available for right applicant.
For contact details please see the jobs page on this website
20th August 2016The BSDSM has released the dates of its next Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine course and Members’ Day
The BSDSM has released the dates of its next Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine course and Members’ Day – 23 and 24 September in London.
29th July 2016Dental regulator decides not to include address details on register
The General Dental Council (GDC) has made a decision not to include any location details about dental professionals on its online public register.
The Council's decision on 27 July follows a public consultation which received responses from over 2,500 people. Seventy four per cent of respondents wanted to remove all address information from the register, while 26% were happy for a general location, such as a postal town, to remain.
We also consulted more than 500 members of our patient panel, where 60% were in favour of publishing no location information on the register. As a result, the Council has made the decision to remove all address information from the online register.
Commenting on the decision, Ian Brack, Chief Executive of the General Dental Council, said: "It was a significant decision by Council to move away from publishing dental professionals' full address details.
"The GDC has listened to views and has taken a proportionate decision. The decision not to include information about a professional's registered address brings us in line with other professional healthcare regulators, balancing our role in protecting the public with the need to treat dental professionals fairly, whilst protecting their personal information.
"The registration number will become the primary identifier of registration status, so particularly important for dentists and dental care professionals to start to display it appropriately."
At their next meeting in October, the Council will approve changes to key documents which will formally allow us to make this change. Shortly after that, all addresses will be removed from the online register.
The full consultation response will also be published shortly.
1st August 2016BDIA Press Release - 'Shaping the Future' - A post - Brexit Dental Industry Manifesto
The British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) has produced a post-Brexit manifesto, ‘Shaping the Future,’ which sets out the industry’s views on how government should positively influence the future for oral health, dentistry and the dental industry.
BDIA Policy and Public Affairs Director, Edmund Proffitt, comments, “There is a window of opportunity for the dental industry to share its positive vision for the future with key politicians, civil servants and decision makers. If Government can build the right regulatory environment and provide targeted investment in oral health it can make a significant contribution to protecting the UK’s oral health for years to come”.
‘Shaping the Future’ concentrates on six key areas:
- Creating a favourable business environment
- Investment in the nation’s oral health
- Protecting patients
- Investment in the NHS
- Building a better future
- Championing innovation
‘Shaping the Future’ is being circulated to key opinion formers within Government, political parties and the Government departments, as well senior civil servants, the NHS and other key opinion formers.
28th July 2016The General Dental Council's final date for Dental Care Professionals to complete their Annual Renewal is THIS SUNDAY (31 July)
The registration process has changed and all DCPs are now also required to declare that they have indemnity cover when they register.
Updating registration can be done through the EGDC portal or calling 0800 197 4610.
Dental care professionals who have already registered, but have not declared indemnity, or are unsure whether they have declared it, can still do so by using the same channels.
Completion of the annual renewal allows continuation of practice as a dental care professional.
25th July 2016New DTA Information Sheet - Sickness & Absence
A new DTA information sheet for employers on Sickness and Absence is available in the HR section on the Gudance Documents page.
18th July 2016Professor Robert Williams is presented with a DTA Fellowship
Congratulations to Professor Robert Williams who was presented with a DTA Fellowship on Saturday 16 July 2016.
Congratulations to Professor Robert Williams who was presented with a DTA Fellowship by President James Green (left) on Saturday 16 July 2016.
Professor Williams is based at the Dental Technology Unit, School of Health,
Cardiff Metropolitan University, 200 Western Avenue, CARDIFF CF5 2YB
15th July 2016Being open and honest with patients when things go wrong
A new guidance document on the individual duty of candour (or, as we have re-titled it, ‘Being open and honest with patients when things go wrong’) has been published.
The document (pdf) can be viewed by clicking here (opens in new window/tab).
14th July 2016An opportunity to reflect and look ahead: GDC publishes its annual report for 2015
The regulator of the dental profession, the General Dental Council (GDC) today (Thursday 14 July) publishes its Annual Report and Accounts (pdf) for 2015.
The report gives details of the activities in 2015 and its aspirations for the year ahead as it seeks to move forward with the work outlined in its roadmap Patients, Profession, Public and Performance.
The last 12 months saw the organisation undertake a fundamental review of how it is run. By making significant changes to the structure and its processes - with further changes to come - and through improved performance, it is striving to become a more effective and efficient regulator.
William Moyes, Chair of the GDC said: "We are clear that our purpose is to protect patients. The last twelve months has seen us fundamentally change the way we work to prepare for further changes that lie ahead.
"The year has been characterised by the groundwork needed for us to take forward our aspiration of becoming and more efficient and effective regulator. We have a real opportunity to embed a new culture and to get ahead of harm and prevent it so we have to spend less time and money on the very expensive business of reacting after the harm has been done.
"The GDC wants to see a system of regulation that protects patients and the public, is proportionate and fair for registrants, transparent and cost-effective. This will involve working in partnership with the profession and others to extract and apply learning - not only when things go wrong - but also in relation to disseminating best practice, and innovative ways of working.
"This new approach is better for the profession and for patients.
"While we are focused on a new strategy, this annual report is a reflection of the continued commitment and effort of our staff, all the while putting the thoughts and building blocks in place for the changes that must come."
Ian Brack, Chief Executive and Registrar of the GDC said: "Our annual report is an opportunity to reflect on our achievements as well as our failings, so that we can learn from them and move forward.
"Over the last year, there has been some real progress in all of the areas we are responsible for to better protect patients.
"We have made improvements to the fitness to practise process, introduced a helpline to make it easier to raise concerns, quality assured the providers of dental education and jointly established the Regulation of Dental Service Programme Board working with organisations to improve regulation and to avoid duplication.
"The organisation has faced the challenges - such as the two reports from the Professional Standards Authority - and is much stronger as a result.
"To become an organisation which is cost effective, flexible and agile that the profession has confidence in, and where patients feel adequately protected is a long-term commitment."
The report also sees, for the first time, the salaries of the executive team published which is in line with other regulators and arm's length bodies.
13th July 2016FGDP(UK) supports push for faster cancer diagnosis
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) has expressed its support for a new standards document on cancer referrals from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Roughly half of all people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and the ‘quality standard’ is designed to help healthcare providers and practitioners put measures in place to speed up diagnosis and encourage patients to attend appointments following a referral for suspected cancer.
In the UK, over 20 people a day are diagnosed with oral cancer, and FGDP(UK) is asking dentists to take note in particular of the recommendation that ‘people with suspected cancer who are referred to a cancer service are given written information encouraging them to attend’. The Faculty is recommending that oral health professionals and dental practices make suitable resources, such as the NHS’s ‘Patient information for urgent referrals’ leaflet, available for patients.
Dr Mick Horton, Dean of the Faculty, said:
"During the routine examination, general dental practitioners look for signs of oral cancer and make a referral where they suspect a patient may have cancer or pre-cancerous lesion. But without a resource of professionally pre-prepared information, our attempts as dentists to reassure, support and encourage attendance at referrals by patients, all without causing alarm, may fall short. The NHS’s ‘Patient information for urgent referrals’ leaflet is an excellent one-page resource aimed at patients who are being urgently referred by a GP or dentist for suspected cancer. Practitioners should explore this and other available resources, and consider making them available for patients within their practice.”
13th July 2016Register for Dental Showcase 2016 Now
Registration is open for the Dental Showcase 2016. Please visit http://www.dentalshowcase.com for more information and to register
13th July 2016New Social Media and Indemnity Insurance guidance documents available
The GDC have issued new guidance documents for Social Media and Indemnity Insurance
6th July 2016UK relationship with the EU
Following the result of the recent referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) will be taking all necessary steps to ensure that the UK dental industry is best equipped to meet the challenges ahead.
BDIA Executive Director, Tony Reed, commented, “Although the referendum result has brought a great deal of uncertainty, we will be working with our own government and overseas associations and organisations to safeguard the current high levels of patient safety and the effective regulation of dental products in the UK”.
28th June 2016Whistleblowing: Freedom to speak out
Recent high profile cases have shown that unless those responsible for the care of vulnerable people have the necessary knowledge and confidence to address areas of neglect or bad practice, serious harm or tragic consequences may occur....
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is holding a course on 23rd September.
Please visit the Events page on this website for more information
24th June 2016The Digital Workflow in Implant Dentistry Masterclass
This event will be taking place in Bristol on Friday 22nd July
Digital dentistry has arrived; over the next five years digital dentistry will profoundly change the way we plan and treat our patients, work with our laboratory and store our patient intra oral records.
For more information and booking details please visit the Events page on this website (members access required).
17th June 2016FGDP(UK) board rings the changes
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) has sworn in five new board members, including two women and its first overseas representative.
Following changes to its structure implemented in 2014, elections were held for half the board’s seats earlier this year, with the new members taking up office last Friday, 10th June.
The new seat representing the Faculty’s 300 overseas members is taken by Pankaj Patel, a private practitioner who trained in India, has practised in Philadelphia and is a BDS examiner in Nairobi, where he also set up the first local MFGDP study group.
Johanna Bryant, a clinical tutor at Liverpool University Dental Hospital and GDC Fitness to Practise panel member, and Reena Wadia, a trainee specialist periodontist and committee member of BDA Croydon, were elected to represent Mersey & North West and Central London respectively, and bring to three the number of women on the Faculty’s top decision-making body.
Mark Richardson, a Senior Dental Officer in the RAF, was elected to represent Wessex and Oxford, and Yann Maidment, current President of the Royal Odonto-Chirurgical Society of Scotland, now represents the East of Scotland.
Ian Mills, an implantologist and Academic Clinical Fellow at Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry, was inaugurated as a Vice-Dean of the Faculty, and Abhi Pal, principal of a mixed practice in Edgbaston and an experienced dento-legal expert witness, was elected as the second Vice-Dean.
Elections in the Yorkshire & Northern, North East & North West Thames and West & North Scotland regions are taking place over the summer.
Mick Horton, Dean of FGDP(UK), said:
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Johanna, Mark, Pankaj, Reena and Yann to the board, and with such a diverse range of working backgrounds, a privilege to be able to draw upon their knowledge and expertise. I’m also looking forward to working even more closely with Ian and Abhi, and am delighted that the board has recognised their contributions to the profession and the Faculty in this way”.
Photo: (L-R) Mark Richardson, Johanna Bryant, Yann Maidment, Mick Horton, Ian Mills, Reena Wadia, Pankaj Patel
31st May 2016New Guidance Document available
A new DTA Guidance Document on Reward & Pay is available to members
Please visit the members' 'Guidance Documents' page. The Reward & Pay document can be found in the Human Resources section.
20th May 2016On Wednesday 6th April 2016 we officially launched Technicians Make it Happen
The evening enabled us to put technicians in the spotlight and celebrate the variety of people and roles that make up the UK’s technician workforce.
It gave us a chance to thank the many companies and technicians who have worked with us so far. Their support has enabled us to launch the campaign with a powerful exhibition, showcasing a huge variety of industries and technician stories. Do take a look at the website, technicians.org.uk, to see some of the inspiring technician stories that were showcased at the exhibition if you missed it.
Technicians Make it Happen goes on tour…
Over the course of the next two years we will be taking the Technicians Make it Happen exhibition on the road through virtual reality headsets. At each event we would like to partner with a supporter. Please get in contact with us to discuss the event partnering options.
We will also be loaning out the framed photographs seen in the exhibition at the Mall Galleries. Please get in touch if you would like to host the framed exhibition.
Help us put a technician in the spotlight?
In order for technicians to get the recognition they deserve we need influential people and organisations such as you to spread the Technicians Make it Happen message. Perhaps you could include information about technicians on your website, or feature an article in your corporate communications? You can download all the technician’s stories so far from our website at technicians.org.uk I have also attached a media pack to give you a starting point.
If you know of technicians who would be interested in their stories being featured on our website, please encourage them to get in touch. Together we can ensure more people appreciate that technicians do vital work and are integral to the UK economy.
There are lots of ways to get involved with the campaign – please see the supporter pack attached. If you would be interested in discussing options in more detail, please email Kate Ford, firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #techniciansmakeithappen and make sure you follow us on:
Facebook: Technicians Make it Happen
Please do spread the word about the campaign and encourage others to get involved – let’s make it happen.
20th May 2016Vacancies on the South Coast
A number of vacancies are available on the South Coast, these include:
- Crown & Bridge Manager
- Prosthetics Technician
- Crown & Bridge Implant Technician
- Junior Technician
For more information please visit the Jobs page on this website (member login required)
20th May 2016Panadent Fast Protec Course - How to make full and fixed implant supported dentures quickly and efficiently in a day
Course date: 6th & 7th July 2016
Aims and Objectives:
Understand the stages and advantages of streamlined plasterless procedures with reference to producing same day implant supported dentures. Introduction to the system and method of work and on implant denture processing (especially linked to the fusion of metals frameworks).
For more information and booking details please visit the Events, Meetings and Courses page on this website
26th April 2016Dentists asked to make hand hygiene go viral
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and Association of Clinical Oral Microbiologists (ACOM) are asking oral health professionals to take to their social media accounts to promote good hand hygiene.
Healthcare-acquired infections affect over 4 million patients a year in Europe, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and cost around €7 billion (£5.5 billion) in additional healthcare and direct financial losses. They also exacerbate the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance by increasing the number of prescriptions for antibiotics.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says dentists have an important part to play in preventing the spread of infections, and is promoting the simple act of hand-washing through a printable poster for dental surgeries called Your 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene.
ACOM and the FGDP(UK) are supporting the WHO’s International Hand Hygiene Day by asking dentists to join in with their ‘Thunderclap’, which at 8pm on Thursday 5th May will automatically post the message “hand hygiene supports safe dental care” to the social networks of those who sign up in advance.
The organisations’ similar collaboration last year on antimicrobial prescribing reached over 83,000 accounts, and they are hoping for a similar impact this time. Dr Mick Horton, FGDP(UK) Dean, and Dr Melanie Wilson, Chair of ACOM, had this message:
“Dental patients are in your hands, so always check what’s on your hands. Don’t spread infections, but do spread the word – sign up to our Thunderclap today, then share the link with your colleagues.”
20th April 2016Dental Protection helps members reduce the risk of receiving a complaint through new guidance
Dental Protection’s well-received Guide to Handling Complaints has been updated to offer top tips on how to reduce the risk of receiving a complaint, as well as practical advice on dealing with complaints.
The guide – which will be available at the Dentistry Show in Birmingham this week – covers a range of issues to assist dental care professionals, including tools to minimise patient dissatisfaction and support on dealing with complaints locally.
Kevin Lewis, Director at Dental Protection said:
“Receiving a complaint does not necessarily make you a bad dentist, hygienist or therapist. Many complaints produce no evidence of any fault on the part of the practitioner, rather, point to a breakdown in communication or in the relationship between the patient and the dental professional.
“A patient’s decision to make a complaint should always be respected and taken seriously; often they just want to know they are being listened to. Acknowledging the issue, investigating fully and resolving their dissatisfaction as best you can should go some way to healing the relationship. In many cases a well-managed complaint can turn an unhappy patient into a vocal ambassador for you and your practice. It is an excellent learning opportunity too; it may alert you to areas of service delivery that, if not addressed, could lead to a more serious complaint in the future.
“Our comprehensive guide provides practical advice not only for dealing with a complaint effectively and efficiently, but also for reducing the risk of receiving a complaint in the first place.”
The Guide will be available at the Dentistry show on 22 and 23 April 2016 in Birmingham at the Dental Protection exhibition stand. Dentolegal advisers will be on hand to answer dentolegal queries and will be presenting on the importance of good record keeping and taking part in a debate on regulatory reform.
5th April 2016Full-Time qualified experienced Orthodontic Laboratory Technician Required
We are looking to recruit a Full-Time qualified experienced Orthodontic Laboratory Technician for our busy on site laboratory Orthodontic Practice in Ashford Kent
Full details can be found on the Jobs Page on this site (member login required)
31st March 2016Dentists infected with bloodborne viruses to perform more procedures, after lobbying by Dental Protection
Dental Protection is pleased to see Public Health England’s new guidance for healthcare workers infected with bloodborne viruses, which will enable affected members of the dental team to perform a wider range of non-exposure prone procedures.
This has been achieved by reclassifying the treatments normally performed by dental team members within their registered scope of practice.
For years dentists, hygienists and therapists infected with bloodborne viruses, including HIV, were restricted to working on edentulous patients in the UK. The Department of Health lifted the ban in 2014, replacing it with regular testing and registration. Public Health England has now developed a new risk-based categorisation of exposure-prone procedures, which is released today.
Kevin Lewis, Dental Director at Dental Protection said:
“Dental Protection has actively lobbied on this issue for over ten years on behalf of members and the wider profession. We know that affected oral healthcare professionals are keen to continue in their chosen profession and the combination of the confidential register and new categorisation means that the worry of a sudden loss of income will no longer compound worries about their own health, to anything like the same extent.
“The ability of oral healthcare professionals to continue with a dental career in the event that they are diagnosed as HIV-positive is a huge step forward and a welcome example of science and the evidence-base overcoming ill-informed concerns and prejudices. Once on the Department of Health register, and as long as medical supervision is followed and standard infection control precautions are taken, the majority of normal dental procedures pose no risk of transmission of bloodborne viruses from an infected clinician to a patient.
“We will continue to work with the Department and other agencies to monitor the evidence base that gave them the confidence to bring about a change. As an international organisation, we would like to see other nations, who look to the UK for a lead, align their own policies on this subject.”
29th March 2016Executive Director, John Tiernan, retires after 23 years at MPS
ohn Tiernan, Executive Director of Member Engagement at MPS will retire in July 2016, after 23 years’ in supporting doctors and dentists in dentolegal and medicolegal issues
Prior to working at MPS John qualified in dentistry at Trinity College in Ireland and spent 15 years in full time practice in the UK. He first joined MPS in 1993 and his career has spanned over numerous roles. Including Assistant Dental Director, Director of Educational Services and most recently Executive Director of Member Engagement for the MPS group, where he has been pivotal in changing MPS’s Education programme and helping over 10,000 members improve their interactions with patients.
John currently leads MPS’s Educational services, Communications and Commercial departments, with a team of over 130 staff, overseeing the delivery of world class support and education services’ for more than 300,000 members around the world.
John Tiernan, Executive Director of Member Engagement at MPS said:
“The dentolegal and medicolegal environment has changed dramatically over the time I have been at MPS. What was a traditionally slow-moving environment is now an ever changing world of regulatory and legal challenges. The number of complaints and the volume, cost and complexity of claims has significantly increased over the years, particularly in the UK.
“I pioneered the MPS education department as I strongly believe in the preventative value of education. When I joined we had 30 to 40 events per year; we now provide in excess of 1,000 worldwide.
“In 2015 we delivered over 650 communication skills workshops to members worldwide. This was a key target that I was determined to fulfil, as many complaints arise from poor communication after an adverse outcome.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time MPS and will continue to have close links with education in healthcare. I will be keeping a close eye on developments in dentistry and health care generally and I wish MPS and most importantly the membership, well for the future.”
Simon Kayll, Chief Executive at MPS said:
“John is well known amongst our members for his passion for education and commitment to supporting medical and dental members around the world. Perhaps what members are less aware of is the respect he commands among his colleagues and his drive for continuous improvement in the service we provide to our members. For more than 20 years John has been a respected leader, colleague, friend and mentor to many at MPS and he will be missed by us all.”
29th March 2016New campaign aims to promote the vital work of technicians
Technicians Make it Happen – supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation – will be launched in April 2016 and seeks to challenge outdated notions of who our nation's technicians are and what they do.
The need for newly qualified technicians has never been greater. The UK currently struggles to replace those retiring each year, let alone fill the new opportunities opening up to meet the demand of employers. The pathways to becoming a technician are often confusing and young people are not aware of the tens of thousands of great technician jobs that could be open to them.
17th March 2016FGDP(UK) welcomes Sugar Tax announcement
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) has welcomed the government’s announcement of a tax on sugary drinks, but says this is only one of a number of measures that could be used to improve oral health, reduce childhood obesity and reduce the incidence of diabetes.
Following a campaign by chef Jamie Oliver and national health organisations, including FGDP(UK), yesterday the Chancellor of the Exchequer said he will impose a levy on soft drinks with total sugar content above 5 grams per 100ml, with a higher rate to be paid on drinks with more than 8 grams per 100ml. The government says the levy, which will be imposed on producers and importers, will raise around £520 million each year, and the English share of the proceeds will be earmarked for increasing sport and extracurricular activities in schools.
With a single can of fizzy drink containing more than a child’s recommended daily intake of sugar, the government’s emphasis is on incentivising manufacturers to reformulate their products. However, the tax will not apply to milk-based drinks or fruit juices.
Sugar consumption is almost three times the government’s recommended maximum of 5% of total energy intake, and the Faculty endorses taxation of sugary drinks as part of a programme of measures to help tackle sugar-related illnesses.
FGDP Dean, Mick Horton, said:
“This is definitely a step in the right direction. Sugary drinks are now children’s biggest source of dietary sugar. In England, two in ten are obese by the time they leave primary school, and tooth extraction is the primary reason why children are admitted to hospital.
“Whilst investing in school sport is laudable, there is a need to educate the public as to the dangers of a high sugar diet and the potential risks to health of childhood obesity, diabetes and avoidable dental extractions.
“The government could have used this levy to challenge the culture in which the average person drinks two litres of high sugar soft drinks every week, and we look forward to seeing further measures in the Childhood Obesity Strategy.”
17th March 2016Job Vacancies Available - Clinical Case Examiners – 3 days per week
We are seeking to appoint a number of Dentists and Dental Care Professionals to join the GDC as Case Examiners
For full information please visit the Jobs page on this website (member login required)
14th March 2016GDC Operational update: English language guidance
The General Dental Council (GDC) is committed to ensuring that only dental professionals who demonstrate the necessary knowledge of the English language are able to treat patients in the UK.
Today (14 March) we give details of how our new powers will allow us to check the English language proficiency of dentists and dental care professionals applying to the register.
These new powers come into force on 1 April 2016. This will apply to all dentists and DCPs - including those from the European Economic Area (EAA) - as current legislation does not permit us to check the language capabilities of such applicants.
As well as new applicants, from 1 April dentists and dental care professionals who apply to return to the GDC register will also have their proficiency in English language considered.
Along with the new powers, we have also published guidance of the types of evidence we will accept as evidence. The process for demonstrating language proficiency will vary according to the circumstances of applicants.
We want to try and reach as many dentists and DCPs as possible. We would appreciate it if you can support on your social media channels.
There will be a further announcement when our new powers come into force on 1 April.
In addition, following our consultation and consideration by Council, dental nurses and dental technicians applying for registration and who qualified in a country where English is not the first and native language, require an international English language testing system (IELTS) level of 6.
From 1 April 2016 the IELTS pass levels for dental nurses and dental technicians will change from Level 6 to Level 7.
14th March 2016New President elected for DTA
James Green has been inaugurated as the ninth president of the Dental Technologists Association (DTA), the professional representative body for dental technologists in the UK.
James is currently a maxillofacial and dental laboratory manager for London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the North Thames Cleft Centre, a supra-regional network for patients with clefts of the lip and palate from North London, Essex and South and West Hertfordshire. This service is run jointly by Great Ormond Street and the St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery at Broomfield Hospital near Chelmsford so he also works there for part of the time.
James trained at Barts and the London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry in association with Lambeth College and qualified in 2001. After a vocational training year at the Royal London Hospital he spent the following two years at the Eastman Dental Hospital, part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, before transferring to Great Ormond Street in 2004.
James is an accomplished author and lecturer. He has written or co-written papers for publications such as The Angle Orthodontist,1 the British Dental Journal2 and The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal.3 He is an invited speaker both nationally and internationally. As well as lecturing widely throughout the UK, his work has been presented at conferences held in Germany, Sweden, Poland, Brazil and the USA. He also served as a lecturer in orthodontics at Lambeth College.
He has been the recipient of several awards including the Quintessence Book Prize for the best student from a London teaching hospital, the British Orthodontic Society Technicians Award and the Fellowship of the Orthodontic Technicians Association.
10th March 2016CDO outlines key themes for oral health strategy
The Chief Dental Officer for England, Sara Hurley, has outlined the key themes of her proposed integrated strategy for oral health and dental care.
In a speech to the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), which Ms Hurley described as “custodians of the standards that set apart the extraordinary from the ordinary”, she called for “more joint endeavours - professional, geographic and conceptual”, “greater national direction” over the responsibilities of Local Offices, and “training and support… to ensure that all NHS England Commissioners know what quality oral care looks like”.
She added that contract reform is “critical…if we are to make the transition from dental activity to oral health as the desired outcome of the NHS dental service”.
The CDO, who was appointed in July last year, said that her top priority for 2016 is a “re-design of the NHS England groups required to assess local need, and design and manage the services in their areas”.
On the new commissioning guides, she also acknowledged that while many care pathways will require specialists or Consultants, “experienced GDPs are very capable of confidently and competently handling level 2 complexity caseloads”, and said work on how to validate and contract them to do so was underway.
The CDO, an FGDP(UK) member since 2003, was delivering the fifth Malcolm Pendlebury Memorial Lecture, held by the Faculty every two years in honour of one of its founding members, who was also its third Dean between 1997 and 2000 and is remembered for his commitment to raising standards in dental practice.
A synopsis of the 2016 Malcolm Pendlebury Memorial Lecture is available at http://www.fgdp.org.uk/content/news/synopsis-of-the-2016-malcolm-pendlebury-memorial-l.ashx.
10th March 2016Exciting job opportunities in Singapore
Attractive Salary Packages for highly experienced Dental Technicians
Earn between GBP 25,000 to GBP 30,000 per annum
Earn up to GBP 40,000 per annum (for master technicians only)
Housing is provided (Apartment-Living)
For more information please visit the Jobs page on this website (member login required)
3rd March 2016Signature® Mouthguards Masterclass
The intensive course gives each participant everything they need to know to become Signature® accredited, enabling each to publicise the fact that they are entitled to produce renowned Dreve Signature® Mouthguards/Gumshields.
An essential hands-on course for producing high quality sport gumshields.
This is a one day hands-on course. For more information and booking details please visit the Events page on this website (member login required).
29th February 2016Dental Protection appoints new Dental Director
Dental Protection has appointed Raj Rattan MBE as the new Dental Director, to succeed Kevin Lewis who steps down in summer 2016. Mr Rattan has over 30 years’ experience in dental practice and has been associated with Dental Protection for over 20 years, first as a dentolegal adviser and more recently as a senior dentolegal consultant.
Mr Rattan is also Strategic Associate Dean at the London Deanery and he uses his extensive knowledge and experience to inform and open debate through his published articles, books and international lectures on risk management, quality assurance and practice management. In 2008, Mr Rattan was appointed MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to dentistry and he is former Policy Adviser to the Department of Health.
Speaking on his appointment, Raj Rattan said:
“It is a huge privilege to be given the opportunity to lead a very talented team who are dedicated to dentistry. There are over 100 members of staff and consultants in Dental Protection in the UK, with an enormous breadth of expertise and experience. We also have colleagues who serve dental members in Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. Members should be reassured that if they face a difficult situation that arises out of their practice, they will receive assistance from experienced dentists with legal training, who will help them at every stage.
“Having been in practice for over 30 years, I understand our members’ fears, aspirations and the issues they are facing. We are here to support and educate members, and protect them from risk throughout their career.
“I look forward to working closely with my colleagues in helping to shape a better future for our dental members and for the profession, by listening to their concerns, working closely with key stakeholders and continuing to provide tailored courses and events. I believe that by helping dentists in their professional careers, we are also creating a happier and safer environment for patients.
”I also want to take this opportunity to thank Kevin Lewis for not only his strong leadership and personal friendship, but also his sense of purpose that has made Dental Protection what it is today. I want to build on this past success and focus on providing a world class service for our members so that together we are better prepared to meet future challenges.’’
Pardeep Sandhu, Executive Director of Professional Services at MPS, said:
“I am extremely pleased that Raj is to lead our dental services; his vast experience and knowledge of the sector will be invaluable for both colleagues and members.
“For the dental profession the threat of patient complaints and litigation has never been greater, both in the UK and internationally. Thankfully, our members have access to the largest team of dentolegal advisers anywhere in the world, with a wide range of skills and expertise in every aspect of clinical and professional life. I am certain that Raj will lead Dental Protection to continue to provide the expert advice, support and education that dentists need throughout their career.”
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17th February 2016FGDP(UK) says Action on Sugar research underlines the need for a tax on sugary drinks
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) says that the ‘shocking’ amount of sugar in some hot drinks is further evidence of the need for bold action to make it easier for people to make healthy dietary choices.
An analysis of 131 drinks available in popular high street coffee shops, published by the campaign group Action on Sugar, has found that a third had at least as much sugar as a can of fizzy drink – which in itself is more than an adult’s recommended daily allowance of added sugar - with the worst containing almost 100g, or 25 teaspoons’ worth.
The government is expected to publish plans to tackle childhood obesity within the next few weeks, and FGDP(UK) has been among those calling for full implementation of Public Health England’s recommendations to reduce the nation’s sugar consumption, including a tax on sugary drinks. Responding to Action on Sugar’s analysis, FGDP(UK)’s Dean, Dr Mick Horton, said:
“Sugar contributes to a wide range of illnesses, including tooth decay, obesity, type-2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers. These days most of us may be aware of the unhealthy amount of sugar in a can of pop, but may not realise that hot drinks bought on the high street often contain just as much, and that’s before we add any ourselves. That some contain as much sugar as an entire packet of chocolate biscuits is shocking – that’s more than three times an adult’s recommended daily allowance of sugar, in a single drink!
“People need to be empowered to make more informed choices, and incentivised to make healthy ones. These kind of products should be better labelled to clearly indicate the amount of sugar they contain. A tax on sugary drinks would also help by shifting consumption towards healthier alternatives, not only via the price itself but in the health message differential pricing would send. A tax should be backed up by stronger restrictions on advertising and price promotions, and could pay for badly-needed health education initiatives.
“The government’s position on a sugar tax seems unclear, but we will soon find out how serious it is about improving the nation’s health.”
16th February 2016Obituary - Colin Lyons, Woodlands Dental
It is with deepest regret that we inform you of the passing of Woodlands senior director Colin Lyons.
He passed away on Sunday 7th February aged 74 with his family by his side.
We would like to invite you all to attend and celebrate Colin's life alongside family and friends. We appreciate work commitments and will be truly grateful for all those that can attend.
Woodlands Dental Laboratory will be closed for the whole day and no collections or deliveries will be made; we hope you understand this decision.
The funeral is on Friday 4th March 2016 at 1pm Greenacres, Woodland Burials – Chiltern, Potkiln Lane, Jordans, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 2XB.
Following the service, light refreshments will be available before continuing onto Amersham Crematorium where a short service will be conducted at 4:45pm, all that would like to attend will be very welcome.
If you are able to attend please could you call the lab or e-mail email@example.com as we will need to know numbers for seating and refreshments
Donations to Macmillan Cancer Charity will be greatly appreciated and sent c/o Beacon Funeral Services, The Old Forge, Wethered Road, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 3AH, Tel: 01628 476000
Family Flowers Only Please
8th February 2016The General Dental Council has launched a consultation on modernising its fitness to practise process
For more information please go to the GDC Website (http://www.gdc-uk.org/Newsandpublications/Pressreleases/Pages/Regulator-seeks-views-on-plans-to-reform-fitness-to-practise.aspx)
27th January 2016DTA Supporting Dentaid in 2016
DTA has chosen the charity Dentaid to work with and support during 2016.
Dentaid is an international charity that wants to stop people suffering dental pain whatever their circumstances might be.
We send volunteer dentists, donated equipment and dental supplies to projects all over the world where people are suffering due to a lack of dental care.
Historically we have worked in Africa where in some countries there is only one dentist for half a million people and the majority of the population has never received any dental care.
For more information please visit our Dentaid page (also accessible from the About Us menu on this website).
We will shortly be adding a form to the page so that you can donate equipment and materials to Dentaid.
26th January 2016GDC takes action against dentist for use of counterfeit dental devices
The recent GDCFitness to practice hearing concerning the use of counterfeit dental devices highlights the dangers to both patient and professional registration from using counterfeit and non-compliant devices. It also reinforces the need to exercise common sense and care when purchasing dental equipment and to have adequate systems in place to ensure that equipment is genuine, compliant and safe to use.
Tony Reed, BDIA Executive Director comments, “The recent GDC hearing is a stark reminder of the seriousness of using of counterfeit dental devices. It may also sound alarm bellsfor any dentists who may have purchased from unreliable sources and emphasises the importance of purchasing from reputable suppliers.”
The BDIA’s award winning Counterfeit and Sub-standard Instruments and Devices Initiative (CSIDI)has worked hard over the last eighteen months to raise awareness of the dangers of counterfeit and non-compliant dental devicesthrough its hard hitting press campaign. Acting hand in hand with the dental press, the Association has repeatedly warned of the potential dangers to patients and to a professional’s registration that could result from the use of counterfeit and non-compliant dental devices.
The Association continues to work closely with the profession and MHRA on its CSIDI activity. The overall message of the initiative is very simple; substandard and counterfeit instruments and devices are potentially dangerous to patients and users and the BDIA recommends that all purchases, however small, are made from a reputable supplier and that all suspect instruments, and devices are reported to the appropriate authorities at the earliest opportunity. Reporting can be done via a simple, dedicated web page on the BDIA website at www.bdia.org.uk.
26th January 2016Chloe successfully ‘Spots the Fake’
The BDIA is pleased to announce Buckingham based foundation dentist, Chloe Richardson, as the winner of its popular ‘Spot the Fake’ competition featured on the BDIA stand at Dental Showcase 2015.
The competition, organised as part of the BDIA’s award winning Counterfeit and Substandard Instruments and Devices Initiative (CSIDI), challenged members of the dental team to correctly identify a range of genuine and counterfeit dental devices. The competition drew a high level of interest and highlighted the difficulty of recognising when a piece of equipment is counterfeit or substandard, underscoring the importance of buying from a reputable supplier.
As the winner of the competition, Chloe was given £500 to spend with a BDIA member of her choice, and decided to use the money to purchase a Bambach Saddle Seat.
Chloe, who has recently begun her career as a dentist, commented, “I was delighted when I found out I had won the competition. It was tough picking out some of the fakes and it makes you realise how risky it could be buying from unknown sources”.
BDIA Policy and Public Affairs Director, Edmund Proffitt and Bambach Saddle Seat Managing Director, Chris Langham, visited the Buckingham House Dental Practice to congratulate her and present her with the prize.
The BDIA’s CSIDI campaign continues to stress the importance of purchasing from reputable suppliers and the advantage of being able to get ‘hands-on’ with equipment at BDIA Dental Showcase, as well as encouraging members of the dental team to report any suspect equipment.
26th January 2016FGDP(UK) says tax sugary drinks to protect children’s teeth
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is backing calls for sugary drinks to be taxed. The proposal, which came to national attention with a high profile campaign by the chef Jamie Oliver and the Action on Sugar group of medical and nutritional specialists, has already been supported by the House of Commons Health Select Committee and is recommended by Public Health England (PHE) as one of a series of measures to reduce the nation’s sugar habit.
In the UK, sugar consumption has increased 31% since 1990 and now contributes 12-15% of total energy intake, yet the government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) says this should be no more than 5%. The Faculty endorses the use of a ‘sugar tax’ as part of a programme of measures to help tackle a wide range of sugar-related illnesses, including tooth decay (particularly among children), obesity, type-2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
Tooth decay, the softening and eventual loss of tooth enamel resulting in cavities, is caused by acid produced when sugar and oral bacteria combine. One in eight 3-year-olds has tooth decay, rising to one in three 12-year-olds, and nearly two-thirds of 15-year-olds have or have had decay. Around 67,000 children a year have teeth removed under general anaesthetic, and tooth extraction is the number one reason why young children are admitted to hospital.
The FGDP(UK) believes the need for action is so acute that the government should adopt all the measures recommended by Public Health England in its forthcoming obesity strategy, and says the money raised by a sugar tax could provide an opportunity to fund programmes and initiatives which may help the public to make better health choices.
FGDP(UK) Dean, Dr Mick Horton, said:
“Tooth decay is entirely preventable, and its prevalence highlights the dire need to educate and enable people to practise good oral hygiene and improve their diet. Taxing sugary drinks would help create an environment in which the healthier choices are also the cheaper and easier ones, and would provide an opportunity to invest more in preventing ill health in the first place. In addition to the measures suggested by the PHE report it is also essential that the public, and especially parents, are able to access the advice and support they need. General dental practitioners are not just there to treat a problem once it has occurred but are able to provide preventative advice and information to promote good health.
“Our sugar-related health crises will only get worse if we continue to shy away from bold action. SACN’s advice on the need for sugar reduction, and Public Health England’s recommendations on how to do it, are clear. It’s time for the government to show real leadership on this issue, and bring in a sugar tax.”
19th January 2016GDC responds to House of Lords debate about new legislation
Responding to yesterday's [19th Jan 2016] debate in the House of Lords about the new Section 60 legislation, a spokesperson for the General Dental Council (GDC), said: "We welcome discussion of the GDC's Fitness to Practise process as a way of receiving constructive input into how we improve our work.
"These much needed changes to legislation will allow us to streamline the process of investigating complaints about dental professionals. This benefits both patients and the dental profession as we are able to make decisions - and as necessary, take action - much more quickly, helping individuals in the process to meet the required standards for the benefit of patients.
"We look forward to working with Government, the profession and patients to ensure we make the best use of our new powers when they come into force later this year. We will be consulting on our plans from 1 February 2016."
20th January 2016Do you have a nomination for the 2016 DTA Fellowship Award?
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12th January 2016GDC hearing – Counterfeit dental devices
The GDC has published details of a FitnessTo Practice (FTP) hearing concerning the deliberate use of counterfeit dental devices to be held on 18 January 2016.
Through its award winning CSIDI campaign the BDIA has been working hard to raise the awareness of the dangers of counterfeit and non-compliant dental deviceswith its hard hitting press campaign over the last eighteen months. Acting hand in hand with the dental press the Association has repeatedly warned of the potential dangers to patients and to a professional’s registration that could result from the use of counterfeit and non-compliant dental devices.
Tony Reed, BDIA Executive Director, comments, “The forthcoming GDC hearing highlights the serious consequences of using counterfeit dental devices. It also raises concerns for those dentists who may have purchased from unreliable sources and reinforces the importance of purchasing from reputable suppliers.”
The BDIA continues to work closely with the profession and MHRA on its CSIDI activity. The overall message of the initiative is very simple; substandard and counterfeit instruments and devices are potentially dangerous to patients and users and the BDIA recommends that all purchases, however small, are made from a reputable supplier and that all suspect instruments, devices and whitening products are reported to the appropriate authorities at the earliest opportunity. All reporting can be done via a simple, dedicated web page on the BDIA website at www.bdia.org.uk
12th January 20163 New Guidance Documents available
Three new Guidance Documents relating to job interviews and contracts are available to DTA members on this website.
The 3 new documents can be found in the Human Resources section of the Guidance Documents page of this website.
- Full Time Statutory Minimum Contract
- Interview Guidance notes
- Job description checklist
12th January 2016Hampshire dentist removed from the register for dishonest conduct
A Hampshire dentist has been removed the General Dental Council's (GDC) list of registered dental professionals following an allegation of dishonest conduct as he carried out treatment and offered advice while he did not have the appropriate indemnity (insurance).
The allegations against Cornel Machita (registration number 149665) were heard in public by the GDC's Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) and concluded on 6 January 2016.
The Committee found Mr Machita had practised without indemnity on three separate periods between August 2013 and February 2014.
It noted Mr Machita's conduct in relation to the last two periods was dishonest because he knew that he was required to have appropriate professional indemnity cover in place.
The Committee also noted that Mr Machita had failed to disclose his previous conditions on his ability practice when he did apply for indemnity, and was dishonest during earlier NHS England hearings as he gave different accounts of the dates he practised without indemnity.
In reaching their decision, the Committee said: "The Committee takes a serious view of the findings against Mr Machita. He provided dental advice and treatment to patients when he was not in possession of indemnity cover over a long period of time. This was a clear breach of his professional obligations, in which he placed patients at financial risk in the event that a claim was made.
"In the Committee's view, Mr Machita appears to have no understanding of the risks involved to patients by practising without indemnity cover. The Committee is not satisfied that Mr Machita has learnt from his mistakes.
"It is concerned that the dishonesty was persistent and involved being dishonest to not just his patients but also to his insurance provider and his contracting body. Such conduct calls into question Mr Machita's integrity.
"Given Mr Machita's lack of insight, and the absence of any remediation, the Committee has concluded that there is a significant risk of repetition."
The GDC makes it clear that all dental professionals must have indemnity cover in place so that patients can claim any compensation they may be entitled to. It is the individual's responsibility to ensure such cover is appropriate and is maintained.
Mr Machita was suspended immediately, but can appeal. His name will be removed from the register if he does not appeal within 28 days which means he won't be able to practise as a dentist in the UK.
The GDC investigates matters when it is alleged that a dental professional's ability, behaviour or health may impair their fitness to practise.
7th January 2016January's Articulate Now Available
The January 2016 edition of Articulate is now available to DTA Members.
Visit the 'Our Publications' section of this website for this and previous editions