President's Blog - July 2019
Hello and welcome to the July blog.
I was interested to read that the CQC have called for improvements to oral health in care homes. The report reveals an extensive lack of awareness of NICE guidelines. It concludes that residents are not supported to maintain and improve their oral health.
As Dental Technicians regularly support residents in care homes the DTA has already responded to the CQC with regard to their concerns.Read the full report here: https://www.cqc.org.uk/publications/major-report/smiling-matters-oral-health-care-care-homes
Annual declaration to the GDC
I have recently received another reminder from the GDC by email and a form by post that the 2018-2019 CPD cycle year is coming to an end on 28 July 2019 we are required to submit a statement to the GDC by 28 August 2019.
Did you know that you can declare zero hours this year if you need to, but you must do a minimum of 10 hours next year and 50 hours over the five year cycle. We have more information on our homepage and within the May issue of The Technologist.
Reflection has become an important part of the CPD process, and we are currently reviewing and updating our online CPD to develop reflection for each activity, ready for the start of the new CPD cycle year. Look out for more information in the August issue of The Technologist.
The GDC, and eight other healthcare regulators, have recently published a joint statement on the importance and benefits of being a reflective practitioner. You can find a copy of the statement here https://www.gdc-uk.org/professionals/cpd/reflective-practice
GDC Dental Professional Forum
John Stacey on behalf of the DTA attended the GDC's Professional Forum held at the Hallam Conference Centre, London on 12 June. Updates were given on the Fitness to Practice end to end review and Principles for regulatory enforcement. David Teeman explained the GDC's intel programme and their priorities for the future. Edmund Proffitt, Chief Executive, informed the meeting of the BDIA's Counterfeit and Substandard Instruments and Devices Initiative (CSID). The keynote session of the day 'Clinical leadership and resilience' was presented by Dr Tim Hodgson supported by professional colleagues. The next meeting is to be held in Edinburgh on 21 November 2019.
Matthew Hill bids farewell to the GDC
We are sorry to hear the news that Matthew Hill, executive director of strategy at the GDC is leaving at the end of August and we wish Matthew all the very best in his new role at The Legal Services Board who have announced the appointment of Matthew Hill as its new Chief Executive.
DTA was represented by John Stacey at the Dental Trailblazer meeting held in London on 10 June. Progress was made with the End Point Assessment being agreed for the dental technician apprenticeship. Work is still in progress for the dental laboratory assistant and clinical dental technician apprenticeships.
Trailblazers and the DTA are involved with T Levels, the new, two-year, technical study programmes, designed with employers to give young people the skills that industry needs. They will provide a mixture of:
- Technical knowledge and skills specific to their chosen industry or occupation
- An industry placement of at least 45 days in their chosen industry or occupation
- Relevant maths, English and digital skills.
T Levels will become one of three major options for students to study at level 3, alongside apprenticeships for those who wish to study and train for a specific occupation 'on the job', and A levels for students who wish to continue academic education.
Further information on T-Levels can be found here:
Inquiry launched into NHS penality charge fines
I was interested to read an investigation from the National Audit Officefound 30% of healthcare fines issued since 2014 – 1.7 million notices, with a cash value of £188 million were withdrawn because a valid exemption was confirmed to be in place following a challenge. This is not a system that is working as it should. The BDA highlighted that 400,000 dental patients a year have received £100 fines due to mistakes and confusion.
Making Tax Digital – what small businesss and the self employed need to know
To improve efficiency, HMRC want to go paperless and are making tax digital. Eventually, keeping paper records won't meet the requirements of tax legislation.
The first phase started on 1 April 2019, affecting VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold of £85,000.
In April 2020, HMRC will implement Making Tax Digital for Income Tax and Corporation Tax too.
Read more here: https://www.simplybusiness.co.uk/knowledge/articles/2019/02/making-tax-digital-guide-for-small-businesses-and-self-employed/
How to get involved with DTA
Observers are welcome to attend the next management team meeting on Saturday 9 November 2019 in Gloucestershire to meet the team, contribute to the meeting and learn more about what we do. DTA will cover travel and hotel expenses.
Tony Griffin, our current Treasurer, is stepping down and a successor is required to ensure the smooth running of the organisation. If you are interested in this exciting and voluntary treasurer role within DTA, please contact Rebecca Kinahan.
Are you represented?
If you're not yet a member of the DTA we welcome you to read all about the benefits of joining here.
You can register online https://www.dta-uk.org. If you have any questions, our website has lots of information or please call Rebecca on 01242 461931.
FEPPD CAD/CAM Survey
Mirjana Zagoričnik from Slovenia with FEPPD (European Federation of Dental Lab Owners and Independent Dental Technicians) would like to conduct a survey to review the coverage of digital technologies in dental laboratories in EU countries. The results of the research may be helpful to the profession in monitoring the development of the profession and adapting the curriculum of the study programs to the needs of dental laboratories. If you use CAD/CAM please complete the survey here by 28 June 2019:https://forms.gle/zvDqx6VQA2KsVE9p8
2019 dates for your diary
BDIA Dental Showcase returns to the Birmingham NEC from the 17 - 19 October 2019.
Visit their website to find out more and register for your free ticket:https://www.dentalshowcase.com/
2020 dates for your diary
DTS, 15&16 May www.the-dts.co.uk
At the NEC Birmingham and co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show