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
NHS England & NHS Improvement website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/20200407-1413-Redeploying-the-clinical-dental-workforce-080420-.pdf
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 recommended.
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)