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BDNJ Summer 2020 – Oral Cancer: awareness and prevention will improve the figures GDC Development Outcome C

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

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• To understand oral cancer: what it is, incidence and major causes

• To appreciate the importance of early detection and be able to recognise the signs and symptoms, to enable prompt action to be taken

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GDC publishes 2019 fitness to practise statistical and insight reports

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The General Dental Council (GDC) has today published several reports which provide statistics and examples of fitness to practise case handling undertaken during 2019, available to read at https://www.gdc-uk.org/education-cpd/fitness-to-practise-learning. 

The statistical report provides a quantitative picture of fitness to practise in 2019. In addition, the regulator has also published six short insight reports covering decisions at the initial assessment stage for quarters three and four of 2019, including spotlight reports on concerns relating to consent and record keeping.

The reports show that of all the concerns received in 2019, only 36% made it to a case examiner – the first stage at which a sanction may be imposed on a dental professional. The reports also reveal a further year-on-year increase in concerns raised by dental professionals, from 10% to 13% of the total, including ‘blue on blue’ cases – separate to those which are categorised as ‘whistleblowing’ by professionals.

Executive Director of Fitness to Practise Transition at the GDC, John Cullinane, said: “What is clear from these reports is that the large majority of concerns received by the GDC are assessed and completed without sanction, but they also highlight that early engagement in the process will typically end in a smoother resolution to any concern that’s raised, which ultimately must be in everyone’s interests. The increase in referrals by registrants also highlights an important issue; while we of course need to avoid any discouragement of whistleblowing or the raising of serious issues affecting patient safety or public confidence, matters such as employment disputes or grievances – which we are seeing on an increasing basis – are not for the regulator to investigate or resolve. 

“There’s some really useful insights to be gained here for dental professionals, particularly from the case examples in the short reports, so I’d encourage everyone to take a look.”

The full reports are available to read on gdc-uk.org.

FGDP(UK) & CGDent update COVID-19 guidance synopsis

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The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK and College of General Dentistry have published an updated synopsis of their guidance on the implications of Covid-19 for the safe management of general dental practice.

The synopsis highlights key recommendations at each step of the patient journey, and supports dental professionals to take a risk-based approach to providing safe care regardless of the national Covid-19 threat level.

The new version reflects the recently-revised guidance, which includes updated and additional recommendations on fallow periods, air ventilation, the 3 in 1 syringe, dental headpieces, air cleaners, decontamination, the protection of vulnerable staff, and the relevance of the R number and prevalence rate.

It is 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.

NHS England: Contract uplifts confirmed

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Following consultation with the BDA, the Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed that contracts will be uplifted by 2.5% in England. The uplift will be paid in November and backdated to 1 April.

The BDA stressed, when the Chancellor announced his deal back in July, that an above inflation award represents a bare minimum any government can offer NHS workers’, adding that the ‘uplift does not begin to cover the huge increases in expenses practices have faced with PPE and meeting new cross-infection guidelines’.

Foundation Dentist salaries will be updated by 2.8%, as will Educational Supervisors’ grants. FD service costs have been frozen, which the BDA has strongly objected to.

This is the second consecutive year of above-inflation pay awards for dentists. The BDA remains clear that this must now be built on, as part of wider plans to maintain the long-term integrity of the service.

The BDA continues to campaign on behalf of NHS dentists.