BADN to present Dental Nurse of the Year Award at the 2021 Dental Awards

The Dental Nurse of the Year Award at the 2021 Dental Awards, the original and most respected awards programme in UK dentistry, has gained added prestige as it will now be presented by the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN).

“We are delighted to be involved even more closely with this year’s Dental Awards,” said BADN President Jacqui Elsden, “and to present the Dental Nurse of the Year Award. Part of BADN’s mission statement is to advance the role of dental nursing through lifelong learning to the level of competently applied knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours which underpin the evolving demands of current and future oral healthcare in the UK. We shall also be presenting the Dental Nurse of the Year with one year’s free BADN membership.”

“Over the course of more than two decades, The Dental Awards has established itself as the most highly regarded awards honour in the profession,” said James Cooke, managing editor of the dental portfolio at Purple Media Solutions, including The Probe and the British Dental Nurses’ Journal. “It is with great excitement that we announce a new partnership with BADN that will see the Dental Nurse of the Year Award held in even higher esteem.

“Purple Media Solutions, which organises and hosts the Dental Awards, has a long-standing working relationship with BADN as publishing partner of the Association’s quarterly periodical, the British Dental Nurses’ Journal. We are thrilled to expand upon that partnership at the 2021 Dental Awards.”

Established in 1940, BADN is the professional organisation specifically for all dental nurses – whether student or registered – working in General Practice, Hospital, Community/Salaried Services, the Armed Forces, Industry, Management or Education. It offers members a wide range of benefits including indemnity cover at special member prices, the Journal with verifiable CPD, Legal Helpline, Health & Wellness Hub, BADN Rewards Scheme and the National Dental Nursing Conference, as well as information and advice. For more information, visit https://www.badn.org.uk

2021 marks the 22nd edition of the Dental Awards. Over the years, this prestigious event has recognised the outstanding individuals and teams whose commitment and drive continues to raise standards throughout the UK dentistry profession.

The Dental Awards is supported by the UK’s leading dental magazine publisher, Purple Media Solutions, and is unquestionably the premier awards programme for UK dentistry.

Winning or being a finalist is a tremendous accolade and provides a massive publicity boost to the profile of your practice and your team. After all, who wouldn’t want to be treated by the Dental Nurse or the Dental Team of the Year?

For more information, call 01732 371570 or contact awards@purplems.com.

A huge thank you to The Dental Awards 2021 sponsors: Colosseum Dental, Dental Elite, the Oral Health Foundation, and Water Pik.

GDC’s ARF instalment option welcomed by BADN

The British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, has welcomed the GDC decision to accept payment for the Annual Retention Fee (ARF) in instalments, after many years of lobbying by BADN.

Dental nurses will now be able to pay their ARF of £114 pa in four Direct Debit payments of £28.50 per quarter. To take advantage of the option in 2021, dental nurses need to log in to eGDC from early May and select the quarterly Direct Debit option no later than 31 May 2021. Further details will follow once the system has been set up.

“BADN have been lobbying the GDC for some years to allow payment by instalments, but the answer was always that this would be too costly, and additionally that it was not possible under the current legal framework” said BADN President Jacqui Elsden.

“Dental nurses are the lowest paid members of the dental team, and many work part time. Our recent salary survey1 shows that the majority earn between £10k and £20k a year, and that 54% have to pay their own ARF, so a single large payment of £114 every July was a financial burden for many dental nurses, particularly recently.

“£114 per year is still too high a fee for dental nurses, particularly given the circumstances of the last year when many dental nurses were not paid their full salaries (or even, in some cases, paid at all), but the GDC refused a request by BADN in 2020 to lower the ARF, even temporarily. We are however pleased that they have at least finally agreed to one of our proposals by allowing dental nurses to pay the ARF in instalments.

“We hope that now the GDC have acknowledged the financial burden the ARF places on dental nurses, they will give further consideration to BADN’s two other proposals: that the ARF be lowered to a more realistic figure for dental nurses, and that a lower ARF be implemented for all dental professionals, not just dental nurses, who work part time.”

BADN releases 2020 salary survey results

The British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, today released the results of their 2020 Salary Survey. The survey was conducted on line between October and December 2020 and the Report compares the results of this survey with those of the survey conducted in 2013.

BADN President Jacqui Elsden said “The 2020 BADN Salary Survey shows that the majority of dental nurses still earn £20kpa or less, despite working full time and having been in the profession for more than 10 years.

“From this, they are still expected to pay their own GDC registration fee (51%), CPD costs (50%) and BADN membership (91%), receive no paid time off to complete their CPD requirements (87%) and no employee benefits (83%). This is obviously why nearly one fifth (16%) have a second job – half of whom have to have a second job to meet their basic living costs.

“Worryingly, 2% are working without indemnity cover, 5% don’t know if they have cover and more than half (55%) depend upon their employer’s cover!

“The results of the 2020 BADN Salary Survey reinforce BADN’s call for dental nurses to be paid a salary which recognises their status as registered dental care professionals, their education, training and qualifications, and their invaluable role in the dental team.”

Janet Goodwin Memorial Fund lauched to support the future of dental nursing

When former Oral Health Foundation President Janet Goodwin sadly passed away in October 2020 she left behind a great legacy.  It is in recognition of this that the Oral Health Foundation have joined together with the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN) to launch the Janet Goodwin Memorial Fund.

An influential figure within oral health, Janet spent much of her career championing the importance of education and the career development of dental nurses.  It is for this reason that it seemed only fitting for a memorial fund be set up in her name to further that cause.

The Janet Goodwin Memorial Fund will support dental nursing students and registered dental nurses with bursaries for the development of their careers. For dental nursing students, this might take the form of financial help with their education, while qualified dental nurses can apply for support with post-graduate studies.

The Oral Health Foundation and BADN hopes the new series of grants can help provide much needed financial support for individuals pursuing a career in dental nursing.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, believes the fund goes straight to the heart of Janet’s work.

Dr Carter says: “I would like to think Janet would be really proud by a project like this. During her distinguished career, Janet battled hard for her profession and made fantastic strides in boosting the visibility of dental nursing amongst the profession and the public.

“Janet was a terrific ambassador for her fellow dental nurses and what better way to honour that than through a fund which will help dental nurses further their careers. By providing support for our future dental nurses, as well as current ones, this fund will help secure a stronger and brighter future for dentistry as a whole.”

Janet was used to breaking down barriers during her career and was passionate about improving the oral health of people up and down the country.

In 2015, Janet became the first dental nurse to be elected President of the Oral Health Foundation in the charity’s nearly 50-year history. She also was the first dental nurse admitted to the General Dental Council. Always looking for new challenges, Janet was also Chair of the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses – on the second dental nurse to hold that position – and later employed by the NEBDN as Qualifications Manager.

Janet was a long-time active member, and Fellow, of the British Association of Dental Nurses and was also a recipient of their ‘Outstanding Contribution to Dental Nursing Award’.

Jacqui Elsden, President of the British Association of Dental Nurses, adds: “It is without doubt that Janet will be truly missed across the Dental community. She was a wonderful advocate for our dental nursing profession, particularly for dental nurse education and oral health care.  I feel immensely proud to be part of the collaboration leading to the founding of the Fund in her memory. It will be a unique opportunity for dental nurses to begin or further their career in dental nursing and inspire a new generation.”

To find out more about the Janet Goodwin Memorial Fund and to make a donation, visit www.dentalhealth.org/janetgoodwin.

BADN welcomes key worker and vaccine statements

The British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), the professional association for dental nurses in the UK, has welcomed confirmation that dental teams, including dental nurses, are considered key workers, and will be given priority for COVID vaccinations.

BADN President Jacqui Elsden said “Because government statements did not specifically include dental professionals in their list of key workers, many dental nurses have experienced problems in accessing childcare, leaving them unable to go to work – and many dental employers have been unsympathetic to their situation. Clarification on the key worker status of dental professionals in the latest update from Sara Hurley is therefore most welcome and will help to alleviate the problems currently faced by dental nurses.

“Equally, the news that Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week confirmed that dental professionals will be prioritised for the Covid vaccinations is greatly welcomed and will put many dental nurses’ minds at ease.

“Information on the current situation is included on the Covid pages of our website www.badn.org.uk and updated whenever we receive new information.”

BADN announces details of December Coffee Catch Up

BADN, the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, is continuing with its hugely successful monthly “Coffee Catch Ups” for dental nurses.

Held on the last Saturday of every month at 3pm, the Catch Ups are designed to give dental nurses a chance to network, chat with and ask questions of BADN President Jacqui Elsden, Executive Committee members and staff, and to be kept up to date with new developments. The Catch Ups also offer 30 minutes of verifiable CPD.

October’s speaker was Jennifer da Silva of Parliament Hill, providers of “BADN Rewards”, BADN’s membership benefits scheme. Jennifer outlined the benefits available to BADN members under the scheme and explained how to make best use of them – it is estimated that BADN members can save around £529.73* each year using the scheme’s special offers and discounts on insurance, shopping, white goods, magazines, energy suppliers, Apple products and, in happier times, travel, holidays, days out, cinema visits, etc. The scheme also includes a Legal Helpline, for initial legal advice, and a Health & Wellbeing Hub with a counselling/support helpline, articles on physical, mental and financial health, and activities. Jennifer also gave details of the TOTUM PRO card, the discount card that offers BADN members fantastic savings on 250 UK brands online and on the high street. As part of a limited time offer, BADN members can pick up a 3 years TOTUM PRO membership for just £24.99 (saving BADN members £10.00 over RRP*).

November’s speaker was Sharon Brennan, of CFC Underwriters, providers of BADN’s indemnity scheme, who explained what indemnity actually is (medical malpractice and legal expenses cover), why dental nurses need it, the difference between insurance cover and discretionary cover, why so-called “crown indemnity” isn’t enough and current market conditions.

“Very useful recap on indemnity and a good chance to share problems and experiences related to this subject.”

“Thank you for organising the indemnity topic with guest speaker Sharon Brennan – really helpful, interesting and important topic for me. Discussions through the meeting were absolutely helpful as well – Forgot to say how much fun I had watching the coffee video and with the quiz .. Thanks!”

“Thank you for the Coffee CatchUp session it was great! The presentation was very informative and useful.”

“I’ve done so much cpd over the years and attended courses, study days and webinars but never had one on indemnity insurance before. What a great topic. I found it very helpful and took lots of notes. The speaker was very informative and I’ve come away reassured. I’ve told others about this webinar and they can tell that I got a lot out of it too. Thank you very much.”

“Once again a big thank you for hosting the coffee catch up for dental nurses on Saturday 28th November. It was a really enjoyable afternoon, great to have the opportunity to chat with you all! Good presentation, useful subject and great company!”

“Both the content and the presentation of the CPD course on Indemnity ,given by Sharon, were concise, enjoyable and relevant to my position. The Q &A session was unhurried and able to answer any concerns there might have been on this involved subject . An enjoyable couple of hours.”

“I really enjoyed the coffee morning and found everyone very friendly, I’ll look forward to the next one.”

“The event Coffee CatchUp was so delightful, I was really impressed. Thanks for the 10% discounts on coffee you sent to me. I’m really looking forward to joining on the next event. “

The December Catch Up – on the last Saturday before Christmas – will feature motivational speaker and team-building guru Tracy Stuart. Tracy is highly respected as a successful Dental Business Coach & Dental Team Trainer within the UK Dental Profession. The sole purpose of her company, NBS Training, is to mentor and coach dental practice owners and their dental teams. Her success lies in escalating the dental teams’ effectiveness and performance through enhanced leadership skills and bespoke personal development plans. Tracy is renowned for successfully transforming groups of individuals into highly engaged dental teams with accountability to drive dental practice results through behaviour. She is also a regular contributor to the dental press and is a frequent speaker on the UK dental conference and seminar circuit.

Attendees at the December Catch Up are invited to wear a Christmas jumper or outfit, with a prize for the best ensemble.

The 2020 Catch Ups also include a quiz, with a prize of 250g ground coffee provided by Rave Coffee, who also provided a video on how to make perfect French Press coffee RaveCoffee_Cafetiere (1).mp4 and a 10% discount on attendees’ first order of Rave Coffee.

The Catch Up events are open to all dental nurses and are free of charge; however places are limited. A wide ranging programme is planned for 2021. For more information, and to book a place, go to www.badn.org.uk or contact events@badn.org.uk.

Dental Nurse Recognition with BADN President Jacqui Elsden (S02 E02)

Jacqui Elsden, President of the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), joins The Probe Dental Podcast.

After the BADN’s call earlier this year for dental nurses to receive the recognition they deserve, Jacqui discusses the reasoning behind the campaign, which drew a lot of attention, the mixed response and what more needs to be done.

Jacqui also talks in detail about the BADN and what it offers to dental nurses from all corners of the dental sector. Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts:

 

For more information, visit http://badn.org.uk/

The Probe Dental Podcast is presented by The Dental Awards.

The Dental Awards is the original and most respected awards programme in British dentistry. 2021 marks the 22nd anniversary of the Dental Awards, and over the decades, this prestigious event has recognised the outstanding individuals and teams whose commitment and drive continue to raise standards throughout the profession.

The Dental Awards is attended by over 600 clinicians each year. Winning, or being a finalist, is a tremendous accolade and provides a massive publicity boost to the profile of your practice and your team. After all, who wouldn’t want to be treated by the Dentist or Dental Team of the Year?

The Dental Awards are sponsored by B.A. International, Colgate, Colosseum Dental, Dental Elite, and Water Pik. The Probe and The British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show are official partners.

For more information, please visit the-probe.co.uk/awards

For more from The Probe, visit the-probe.co.uk. Theme tune courtesy of Bensound.

BADN launches 2020 salary survey

The British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, has launched its 2020 Salary Survey.

The Survey is open to all dental nurses, non-members as well as BADN members, to find out how much dental nurses in the UK are being paid, as well as whether they were paid during lockdown. The Survey will provide data to support the BADN’s campaign for recognition of dental nurses’ contribution to oral healthcare in the UK, and for dental nurses working in general dental practice to be paid NHS rates, instead of minimum wage.

BADN invites all dental nurses, but particularly those working in practice, to complete the survey – which is anonymous. Dental nurses completing the Survey will need their P60 for the tax year ending April 2020 – all employees should have received this in April 2020 from their employer.

The Survey can be accessed from the BADN website www.badn.org.uk or via https://cutt.ly/SalarySurvey2020. Closing date is 31 December 2020.

BADN launches monthly coffee catch-ups

BADN, the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, is launching its new monthly “Coffee Catch Ups” for dental nurses.

Held on the last Saturday of every month at 3pm, the Catch Ups are designed to give dental nurses a chance to network, chat with and ask questions of BADN President Jacqui Elsden, Executive Committee members and staff, and to be kept up to date with new developments.

There will also be a guest speaker each month: October’s speaker will be Jennifer da Silva of Parliament Hill, providers of “BADN Rewards”, BADN’s membership benefits scheme. Jennifer will outline the benefits available under the scheme, and how to make best use of them – it is estimated that BADN members can, with judicious use of the Rewards scheme, save around £538.74* per year.

November’s speaker will be Sharon Brennan, of CFC Underwriters, providers of BADN’s indemnity scheme. Sharon will speak on what indemnity actually is, why dental nurses need it, the different kinds of indemnity available, and current market conditions.

The December Catch Up – on the last Saturday before Christmas – will feature motivational speaker and teambuilding guru Tracy Stuart on team archetypes.

“We felt there was a need for a forum where dental nurses could talk to each other – and to us, receive updated accurate information…. And perhaps have a little fun!” said President Jacqui Elsden. “These are difficult times for everyone, and there is still so much misinformation circulating. Dental nurses need a safe place where they can find out factual information, in an informal setting. Although there will be a serious element to the Catch Ups, we are also hoping to create an environment where dental nurses can relax and enjoy themselves amongst colleagues, so we would encourage attendees to come dressed up (particularly for the October and December events). We are also planning a few ad hoc competitions, quizzes and so on.”

The Catch Up events are open to all dental nurses and are free of charge; however places are limited. For more information, and to book a place, go to www.badn.org.uk or contact events@badn.org.uk.

Leading dental professor warns of potential dental nurse redundancies

A leading dental professor has voiced concerns around a potential wave of possible dental nurse jobs being put at risk as the profession continues to be plagued by financial uncertainty. Professor Phil Taylor, Dean of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd)’s Faculty of Dental Surgery, has warned that many dental practices may be forced to cut jobs due to current restrictions imposed on them as a result of the pandemic particularly with them being able to see less patients.

Professor Taylor said: “Many dental nurses have been furloughed during the pandemic and with the Job Retention Scheme due to finish at the end of the month, we are in real danger of seeing these positions under threat. The tight restrictions on how many patients can be seen in a day has resulted in practices potentially needing less staff, and many have had to make tough decisions in order to survive financially.

“Dental nurses play a vital role in the dental profession and are an essential part of the team. It is of the utmost importance that we ensure they are supported through this period. For those who are returning to work, they need better support from the UK Government as well as the NHS as they adjust to new regulations, PPE and AGP procedures.”

Jacqui Elsden, President of the British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN), the UK’s professional association for dental nurses, said: “Many dental nurses in NHS and mixed practices have not been paid their full, if any, salaries since March, despite the employing practices having received their NHS funding.

“Even when they are paid, dental nurses working in NHS practices are not regarded by the NHS as NHS employees – and are therefore denied access to NHS pensions and other benefits; nor are they paid according to NHS scales, but are often only paid minimum wage, despite the fact that they have to pay the GDC ARF, as well as indemnity and CPD costs. 

“This is why BADN have launched a campaign for recognition of dental nurses, their contribution to oral healthcare and their vital role in the dental team.  We encourage all dental nurses, and other members of the dental team, to lobby their MPs – a template letter is available on the BADN website.  BADN membership fees have been lowered to allow dental nurses access to the advice and support BADN offers, as well as a wide range of money saving options through our Rewards scheme – even more necessary during these difficult times.”

The leading surgical college has previously warned that the current restrictions on dental practices could lead to the collapse of NHS dentistry in Scotland with practices forced to become private-only in order to survive the pandemic. 

To find out more about the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, go to https://www.rcsed.ac.uk and to find out more about the British Association of Dental Nurses or to download the template lobby letter visit, www.badn.org.uk or contact enquiries@badn.org.uk.