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BDNJ Summer 2020 – Keeping patients safe in more ways than one GDC Development Outcome A

Course Dates: 2nd October 2020 - 2nd October 2022
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Course Language: English
Price: FREE

About the Course

• To appreciate the importance of safeguarding by the dental team

• To understand the dental nurse’s responsibilities to protect their patients

• To better understand the different types of abuse or neglect and how they may present in patients attending the dental practice

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Eric Rooney, Deputy Chief Dental Officer England, bids farewell

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England’s Deputy Chief Dental Officer, Eric Rooney, is retiring at the end of this month. In the latest NHS dentistry and oral health update, he bids farewell to the sector while reflecting on the last 12 months and his career as a whole.

“It hardly seems a year since I was working on minimising the disruption to the supply of our normal and routine dental face masks. All due to a new novel virus affecting China,” says Rooney. “As the year goes by, so come birthdays and anniversaries, and this week it’s my birthday. That’s the same, but it’s different. Not just because of social distancing and the impact of Coronavirus, but because I have reached the normal NHS retirement age!

“Just like last year, I can hardly believe how time has flown, from being a fresh faced 17 year-old entering Dundee Dental School, to this last tumultuous year. Throughout that time, the dental profession, it’s institutions, and the wider NHS have been a massive part of my work life. For the support and camaraderie of colleagues across dentistry, health and beyond, I will always be grateful, as I will for the longstanding support of my wife and family throughout my career.

“There is still much to be done to improve our NHS services, for the good of patients, the profession and the taxpayer and there will continue to be difficult times ahead, but I have every confidence in our profession and in the wider health system that together they can build a better future.”

Paying tribute to Rooney, CDO England Sara Hurley states: “It has been an incredible honour and a real pleasure to work alongside Eric Rooney as Deputy Chief Dental Officer for England. His wry, dry, humour and his humility and humanity have shaped not just the office of CDO but in the genuine warmth of his sharing of knowledge he inspires all those that have the good fortune to work alongside him. He truly cares and his quiet deliberate passion to do the right thing sets a benchmark that many aspire to, but few can claim to have achieved. Eric’s impressive CV, including an MBE for services to Dentistry in the 2015 New Year’s Honours and the plethora of national and regional achievements underline his clarity in advocacy for oral health and ensuring that patients receive the most effective dental care.  His contribution as co-author of the 2009 review of NHS Dentistry, known as “the Steele Report” and his clear thinking and evaluation of the Government’s Dental Contract Reform programme have shaped the intent for future service provision with an improved offer for patients and professionals alike.”

Eric Rooney’s career in dentistry began in 1983 and, in the words of the CDO, has seen him go from “clinical practice to public health, designing and delivering regional and national initiatives, shaping contract and commissioning policy in conjunction with the British Dental Association, Department of Health and latterly NHS England.”

ADAM to present Practice Manager of the Year Award at the 2021 Dental Awards

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The Practice Manager 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 ADAM (The Association of Dental Administrators and Managers). 

The Practice Manager of the Year Award is open for entries to all practice managers, regardless of their status as an ADAM member. For an entry brochure, visit 

The entry deadline is 28th February 2021. 

Lisa Bainham, ADAM President, commented: “The Dental Awards are a great way to recognise and celebrate individual and team achievements. I, myself, am honoured to have received several accolades during my career in dentistry, and The Dental Awards truly inspire and give you the confidence to become the very best you can in your field. The recognition provides reassurance to your teams and patients of your standards.  

“I would recommend entering the awards to anyone who goes above and beyond in the dental field, they deserve to have their dedication awarded and recognised. It is an honour for me to have judged these awards for the last few years and would urge individuals and practices to stand up and be counted, for increased team morale and much more.” 

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. “It is with great excitement that we announce a new partnership with ADAM that will see the Practice Manager of the Year Award held in even higher esteem.

While we highly encourage Practice Managers to stand up and be counted for the tireless work they’ve put in over the course of an extremely challenging year, don’t forget that you can also ensure other members of your team – or even your entire practice – can be nominated for recognition in their own respective categories.

ADAM provides its member Practice Managers with tailored advice, access to management development and regional events at preferential rates, free legal consultation, access to industry pay scales and more. For further information, visit 

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 Dentist or the Dental Team of the Year? 

For more information, call 01732 371570 or contact 

Click here to download a 2021 entry brochure! 

Register your entry for £25 per entrant per category by 28th February 2021. 

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

More than 1,800 dentists still to make CPD statement with deadline approaching

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With just a few days to go to the deadline for dentists to make their annual or end-of-cycle CPD statement, the General Dental Council (GDC) today revealed there are still more than 1,800 dentists yet to make a submission. The regulator also highlights that, of those yet to make a statement, the large majority are in the position to be able to make a ‘zero-hours’ statement for 2020 (83% in the case of annual statements and 67% in the case of end-of-cycle statements)

CPD rules require all dentists to make a statement every year, including at the end of their five-year cycle. With the deadline of 28 January 2021 fast approaching, the regulator is calling for all those yet to make annual or end-of-cycle statement to do so as soon as possible.

GDC Executive Director, Registration and Corporate Resources, Gurvinder Soomal, said: “2020 has been extremely challenging for dental professionals and we know that access to CPD will have been hindered by Covid-19. We have reassured professionals whose CPD has been affected by the pandemic that those with a shortfall will not be penalised. But dentists do still need to make a CPD statement as part of the renewal process, and with so many yet to do so this is a real concern. Our records also show that most are in the position to make a zero-hours statement, and so there really is no reason for registration to be put at risk. To dentists I say, if you are not certain that your statement has been made, check your record on eGDC today.”

The regulator is keen to highlight that neglecting to make a compliant annual or end-of-cycle statement could lead to dentists being removed from the register and, therefore, no longer being able to practise in the UK.

The quickest and easiest way to make a CPD statement is through eGDC, and it takes just five minutes to set up an account if one is not already in place. The GDC provides further guidance and information about Enhanced CPD on its website.