A national project with a chance for all DCPs to get involved!  

Digital change is happening in the NHS.  How can you ensure that you are prepared and at the forefront of this change?

A brand new programme aims to support healthcare professionals to do just this.

We are looking for dental care professionals working in practice to develop their digital skills - no matter at what level, you do not have to be a tech wizard to take part.

We are looking for dental nurses, dental hygienists and therapists that want to make a difference in their practice, that have identified a problem and think they can come up with the solution.

  • Do you want to develop oral health promotion videos for your practice waiting room?
  • Do you want to learn how to utilise all of the functions and shortcuts in your practice management software?
  • Would you like to develop a website for your practice?

You now have the opportunity to develop a digital solution to a problem you face in practice; or utilise resources already developed to raise awareness of the new GDPR/data protection regulations; or cyber security within your practice and community. The programme has also developed resources on the upcoming GDPR data protection regulations and what you must do to ensure compliance within your practice.

We want to help you develop a digital solution to your problem, no matter how big or small. And to help others in your local area by sharing what you have achieved.

You will have the opportunity to become part of a national network of digital enabled dental care professionals, gain experience in digital technology, information sharing and leadership and management. You will also have the opportunity to present your outcomes at a conference for the dental profession in the summer.

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Details of the programme

The Building a Digital Ready workforce programme aims to:

Led by HEE, Building a Digital Ready Workforce is a programme of work that aims to bring people together in a culture that recognises the need to innovate and the role of digital in that innovation. Our mission is to help everyone in the health and care sector in England become comfortable enough with digital tools that they can contribute to that transformation and deliver the outcomes of their role quicker, easier, safer and at a higher level of quality.” HEE BDRW website

BDRW has approached dental clinical fellows who are working on digitally enabling dentistry to take this forward. With dentistry being one of the earliest healthcare professional groups to be involved, the project aims to improve the digital literacy of the dental workforce by:

  • Raising awareness of digital enablers within dentistry
  • Working with DCPs in primary care on digital project and GDPR
  • Developing a GDPR toolkit for General Dental Practice
  • Supporting DCPs to share digital innovations within their primary care community
  • Supporting DCPs to organise evening CPD events on cyber security and GDPR
  • Working with dental organisations and networks to improve digital literacy
  • Supporting Dental Core Trainees and Foundation Dentists to develop digital enablers in practice
  • For more information or to get involved please contact yasminallen@nhs.net or francis.clough@nhs.net

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    FAQs

    Do I need to be tech savvy to take part in this project?

    No, this is about developing individuals’ digital literacy no matter what level you are. From utilising email to coding applications, everybody will have differing abilities. The programme aims to improve awareness based on the individual’s current skill level.

    Is this open to all dentists and dental care professionals?

    Yes, this programme is aimed at the whole workforce.

    What will I achieve from taking part in the programme?

    You will be part of a national programme and will improve your own digital skills and knowledge, and will develop a product (video, audit tool, application) and have the opportunity to present at a digital dentistry event in the summer.

    Why should I get involved?

    These skills will enable you to be better prepared for digital change in the NHS, and will develop your presentation, digital, teaching and management and leadership skills. Your work can also be included on your CV.

    The solutions will also help you manage your practice more efficiently and effectively thus saving costs and freeing up clinical time.

    Will it take up a lot of my time?

    You can take as much or as little time as you need to fulfil your individual aims and objectives, the more time you put in the more you will achieve. The team will support you as much as possible to achieve your aim, however the programme requires good self direction to ensure that your solutions and innovations are tailored to you and your practice needs.




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