14th January 2021
SHARE FROM GDC: Joint statement issued by the health and social care regulators in relation to how we have, and will continue to, regulate in light of COVID-19. Please also note, this includes new supplementary advice issued to GDC decision makers in fitness to practise, providing a lasting point of reference for appropriate considerations to be made around some of the specific challenges COVID-19 has created for dental professionals.
See Joint Statement and supplementary advice HERE
12th January 2021
For anyone interested in volunteering to administer vaccines - check out St Johns' Ambulance link: https://vaccinationvolunteers.sja.org.uk/roles/volunteer-vaccinator.html
Register your interest HERE
5th January 2021
Update from CDO Scotland HERE
5th January 2021
Following the announcement by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on Monday 4th January 2021, that England will join Northern Ireland,
Scotland and Wales in a UK wide lockdown, the office of the Chief Dental Officer for England issued an update regarding dental practices. The
statement is applicable to all dental practices in England including NHS, mixed and private practices.
The update informed the dental profession that, ‘during the latest period of national restrictions dental services are to remain open and see patients.
This should be in line with the standard operating procedures and national dental infection prevention control appendix’, as seen at Coronavirus » Dental standard operating procedure: Transition to recovery (england.nhs.uk)
The new variant is spreading rapidly, is more transmissible and affecting a greater proportion of young adults who are often asymptomatic. There
is no evidence to suggest that it is more dangerous, but it is still imperative that the guidance is followed by carrying out remote consultations,
triage and risk assessing patients before delivering any face-to-face care.
BSDHT advise members to follow the appropriate standard operating procedures, ensure they have the correct level of PPE and infection control procedures
in place, and to use their own clinical judgement to deliver the most appropriate care in a safe environment for them, their patient, and any
team members working with them.
As BSDHT receive any new and relevant information we will pass this straight on to members via email.
4th January 2021
Sara Hurley has issued this short update to the profession this evening after the Prime Minister’s announcement: http://createsend.com/t/d-288DA9DFBBD046D22540EF23F30FEDED
31st December 2020
Information provided by PHE Health Protection Team:
30th December 2020
Update from NHS England and NHS Improvement available here: http://createsend.com/t/d-7EB7FA13812654CC2540EF23F30FEDED
Update on COVID-19 Vaccination: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/covid-19-vaccination-for-immediate-action/
NHS has written to dental practices informing them of the Q4 contractual arrangements. https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/preparedness-letters-for-dental-care/
In addition, please see latest NHS dental bulletin with information on the new arrangements, plus other news of interest: http://createsend.com/t/d-854AB1331DEB190F2540EF23F30FEDED
17th December 2020
New COVID-19 research, released today by the General Dental Council (GDC): Research highlights scale of impact of COVID-19 on dental professionals
17th December 2020
View Letter from CDO for Wales HERE
16th December 2020
FGDP and CGDent publish BPS psychological advice for dental teams
The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP) and College of General Dentistry (CGDent) have published Dentistry during COVID-19: Psychological advice for dental teams, policy makers, and communicators.
11th December 2020
SELF-EMPLOYMENT INCOME SUPPORT SCHEME GRANT EXTENSION
The Chancellor’s statement
SEISS grant extension
Furlough Scheme extended and Further Economic Support
Winter Economy Plan – policy paper
Pay VAT deferred due to coronavirus
Check if you can claim a grant through COVID-19 SEISS
Apply for the coronavirus Business Interruption loan scheme
Deferral of VAT payments
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan
If you cannot pay your tax bill on time
4th December 2020
We know that many dental practitioners and dental healthcare staff want to support the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. To help clarify how indemnity
arrangements will work with regards participation in the COVID-19 vaccination programme, NHSE/I have prepared an FAQ document.
3rd December 2020
Join the COVID-19 Vaccine Team - Play your part in the COVID-19 Vaccine Programme.
24th November 2020
GDC and CQC Joint Statement - Life support training for dental professionals
View Statement HERE
26th October 2020
Link to all OCDO Workshops (google drive required):
25th September 2020
24th September 2020
Sara Hurley, CDO E&I briefed the stakeholders today on what the Prime Ministers announcement means for the dental services in England.
Please see the link below to access the recording.
14th September 2020
REFERS TO NORTHERN IRELAND ONLY:
28th August 2020
UPDATE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF DENTAL OFFICER ENGLAND:
21st August 2020
UPDATE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF DENTAL OFFICER ENGLAND:
COVID-19: Guidance for the remobilisation of services within health and care settings Infection prevention and control recommendations
These are UK wide guidelines applying to all heathcare settings, superseding the previous COVID -19 Infection Prevention and Control Guidance as we move from a period of high community and hospital prevalence/incidence into a period of low prevalence/incidence with isolated outbreaks identified by each country such as Test and Trace.
Local and national prevalence and incidence data will be used to guide returning services as advised by Country specific/public health organisations.
Table 4 (Recommendations for all settings where COVID-19 transmission is sustained) has been replaced with COVID risk pathways which are based on transmission risks and testing.
The guidance places primary care dentistry in the medium risk pathway, and where AGPs are delivered in the high risk pathway.
For those caring for patients/individuals on the high or medium risk pathways, there is no change in the level of PPE needed to protect staff and in effect this means that the existing IPC guidelines for dentistry remain as presently set out in appendix 1 of the Transition to Recovery SOP
Sessional use of PPE items has been minimised and only applies to extended use of facemasks for healthcare workers.
IPC intend to publish a dental annex which will address any dental specific issues and pick up the recent work of the short life working group on ventilation in dental practices and the forthcoming SDCEP report.
30th July 2020 - Presidents VLOG
28th July 2020
BSDHT / FTA-Law Webinar - Your Questions Answered
16th July 2020- Presidents VLOG
13th July 2020
Update from Sara Hurley and Matt Neligan - OCDO (England)
6th July 2020 -Presidents VLOG
7th July 2020
Letter from NHS England & NHS Improvement - Midlands
23rd June 2020
Joint Statement issued by the BSP and the FGDP(UK) / CGDent with the OCDO (England) to clarify and contextualise the differences in guidance issued relating to the provision of a dental prophylaxis under Level 4/3 COVID19 alert status. CLICK LINK HERE
17th June 2020
FGDP(UK) & CGDent publish COVID-19 guidance synopsis
The FGDP(UK) and College of General Dentistry have published a synopsis of their guidance on the implications of COVID-19 for the safe management
of general dental practice.
The new synopsis highlights key recommendations at each step of the patient journey, and is designed to be used in conjunction with the guidance document, which
supports dental professionals to take a risk-based approach to providing safe care, whatever the national COVID-19 threat level.
The guidance has also now been updated with some minor amendments. Among these, prophylactic polishing of teeth has been added to the risk stratification matrix, use of face coverings by all patients and carers in non-clinical areas is now recommended (in line with government advice on preventing transmission in enclosed public spaces), and the use of shoe and head coverings is only now advised when indicated by a risk assessment. There are also some clarifications, such as around selection of PPE based on a risk assessment, and on the mopping of floors between patients following treatment carrying a high risk of exposure to aerosol.
Both the synopsis and guidance are available at https://www.fgdp.org.uk/implications-covid-19-safe-management-general-dental-practice-practical-guide and https://cgdent.uk/standards-guidance.
Production of the synopsis has been supported by Sensodyne.
11th June 2020
Update from Julie Deverick
Thurs 4th June 2020
The Office of the Chief Dental Officer England has released the Standard Operating Procedures for the 'transition to recovery'.
Monday, 1st June 2020
DOWNLOAD GUIDANCE HERE
Thursday 28th May 2020
Update on from CDO on Returning to Practice:
President's Notes from the meeting with the CDO of England - click here
Link to the DCP Workshop held on 22nd May 2020; https://drive.google.com/open?id=1bqXCNfXUz_S4EKes7SdKp347yHGjewAJ
22nd May 2020
Update from Julie Deverick post meeting with the CDO
21st May 2020
Weekly update from Julie Deverick, BSDHT
11th May 2020
Update from the Chief Dental Officer England, NHS England and NHS Improvement
Yesterday evening (10 May 2020) the Prime Minister announced the conditional plan to ease restrictions. All dental guidance and Standard Operating Procedures currently in force remain unchanged. The temporary cessation of routine dentistry addresses the safety of patients and of dental teams as well as supporting the public health measures required to slow community transmission of COVID-19. This advice has not changed.
Tues, 5th May 2020
Monday 4th May 2020
Link to making a claim for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme
HMRC COVID-19 SEISS Useful links (click image below)
Friday 1st May 2020
Very latest from the CDO can be accessed here
Thursday 30th April 2020
Thurs, 23rd April 2020
Monday 20th April 2020
Friday 17th April 2020
Every Mind Matters has created new COVID 19 specific creative to help you support the public’s Mental Health during this difficult time.
Thursday 16th April 2020
Wednesday, 15th April 2020
Tuesday 14th April 2020
Friday 10th April 2020
Thurs, 9th April 2020
GDC Responding to COVID-19 – latest updates in uncertain times: https://www.gdc-uk.org/news-blogs/blog/detail/blogs/2020/04/08/responding-to-covid-19-latest-updates-in-uncertain-times
Wed, 8th April 2020
Update from NHS England - Redeploying the Clinical Dental Workforce to support the NHS Clinical Delivery Plan for COVID 19
Any dental team member wishing to support the NHS can register their interest via survey link on the NHS England & NHS Improvement website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/returning-clinicians/dental-professionals/
Monday 6th April 2020
Latest advice from the BDA's James Goldman
Saturday 4th April 2020
COVID-19 (coronavirus): resources for the oral and dental care team
Friday 3rd April 2020
BDA Covid-19 Webpage :https://www.bda.org/advice/Coronavirus/Pages/financial-impact.aspx
Thurs, 2nd April 2020
Link to the Wales Faculty for Dental Care Professionals website - FAQs for advice on COVID-19 for DCPs: https://awfdcp.ac.uk/covid-19/faqs
Tuesday 31st March 2020
COVID-19 Updates (Self-Employed Income Support Scheme). Information kindly provided by Taylor Roberts Chartered Accountants, (Advalorem Group)
HMRC information from BSDHT Accountants: https://www.atkinsonfinchandco.co.uk/news/covid-19/article/2020/March/hmrc-publishes-guidance-on-recognising-genuine-government-contact
Scottish Coronovirus recruitment portal launched: https://www.gov.scot/news/tens-of-thousands-sign-up-to-help-during-coronavirus-outbreak/
Monday 30th March 2020
BSDHT have received several enquires over the past few days from members who are employed and working in mixed NHS and Private practices, they
are being informed by their practice owners that they might not be entitled to the governments furlough scheme. The issue
is that the NHS England is continuing to fund practices over the coming months, despite the current inactivity of non-urgent routine dental
Dental team members who work in fully funded NHS practices, community or hospital can be deployed to work elsewhere in the NHS England, those employed in private dental practices can be furloughed whilst for those team members employed in mixed practices, the situation is still unclear and further guidance is required from NHS England. The advice BSDHT was given today, is that this might not apply to the devolved nations. We will keep looking for further guidance and clarity for all members.
Friday 27th March 2020
Useful resource around employement law and Covid-19: https://www.fta-law.com/dealing-with-covid19/updates/
Wednesday 25th March 2020
Update from the Office of the Chief Dental Officer, England: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/issue-3-preparedness-letter-for-primary-dental-care-25-march-2020.pdf
You are reminded that all COVID19 guidance for primary care is consolidated at https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/,
with information specifically related to dental at the Dental practice tab. Please note that guidance, standard operating
procedures and other publications are being revised and updated on an ongoing basis – so do visit the site regularly for the latest information.
Article (for information): Coronavirus COVID-19 impacts to dentistry and potential salivary diagnosis
Tuesday 24th March 2020
NHS Seeks Volunteer Army: https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS
Friday 20th March 2020
Thursday 19th March 2020
Wednesday 18th March 2020
Update from Wales
Tuesday 17th March 2020
Coronavirus is a dominant feature in all our lives both personally and professionally at the moment, BSDHT are doing all we can to support
and keep members up to date with the current guidance and information that is available to us.
BSDHT are of the view that we can only follow the guidance set out by the Government and Public Health, so that we can make individual choices
based on the known facts and information, which may seem quite confusing at the moment as it seems to be changing so quickly.
The guidance states that if you have a continuous dry cough and /or temperature, you should self-isolate and practices should have a notice
on the door of the practice informing patients that they should not enter if they are in this situation. As for treating patients, there
are some countries in Europe that have taken the decision to only see emergency patients and would consider periodontal treatment as routine
therefore, most clinics have closed. We are not at this stage in the UK but this could happen.
If your practice is continuing routine treatment, you will have to decide on how you wish to treat the patient, some are using hand instruments
only, whereas others are continuing as normal with high volume suction to reduce aerosols. A pre-rinse of Peroxyl for one minute is also
We understand there are potential financial issues for members, which is extremely concerning for all dental practices and team members. As
a member benefit BSDHT introduced a benevolent fund in 2018, there is a small pot of money to help in times of hardship (subject to application
and acceptance) but recognise that this may not be enough, individuals are encouraged to seek financial advice specific to their needs.
We have included the links so that members are in better position to make informed decisions, this is current guidance and information that
is available, we will continue to update as and when appropriate.
Government & Public Health England
For legal advice
Please ring the office on 01788 575050 to obtain the details for the BSDHT Legal Helpline (members only)